Friday, July 8, 2011

Suite Scarlett

author: Maureen Johnson
series: Scarlett (book #1)
published: May 1st 2008
publisher: Point
format: hardcover
pages: 336

The following synopsis comes from Goodreads.

Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small Art Deco hotel in the heart of New York City.
When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite. For Scarlett’s fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite and a permanent guest named Mrs. Amberson. Scarlett doesn’t quite know what to make of this C-list starlet and world traveler.
And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn.
Before the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery and romantic missteps. But in the city where anything can happen, she just might be able to pull it off.
My Thoughts:
The Cover: I like this cover. It's not the only one I've seen for the American edition. I like them both a lot, but this one is adorable! I absolutely love the dress on the model. It's an important dress, too. So, I often went back to look at it while reading. I like the red on the bell as well. It looks really nice with the red lipstick and lettering.
The Book: This book has been on my to-read list for a long time and I'm so glad I finally read it! I don't know what took me so long. When I did finally pick it up, I wasn't sure if I'd like it a lot, but I did. Scarlett is fifteen (part of why I really wasn't sure about this book) and is the third of four children. All four children have distinct personalities. I think my favorite sibling is Spencer. He's the oldest and he's so much fun. I really like the fact that the family lives and runs an old hotel. I love the idea of living in a hotel and I've read a few other books about that as well. It's so much fun and so different than just living in a house. Suite Scarlett is a lovely coming of age story. Scarlett has a lot to deal with right now and most of it involves helping her family which is really sweet. She does all that she can do make things right for her family.
I can't wait to read the sequel Scarlett Fever.