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Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson

Scarlett FeverScarlett Martin’s life is just as crazy as ever. Working for the eccentric agent Mrs. Amberson, formerly a resident of Scarlett’s family’s hotel, is a little like working in a circus. Tending to an insecure dog, a prissy Broadway star her own age, and all of her boss’s whims has Scarlett feeling like a professional juggler. And unfortunately, her work isn’t the only thing that’s all over the place. Between everything that’s going on with family and boys, it seems there’s hardly any room left in Scarlett’s life for herself. But maybe, this time around, Scarlett will finally be able to figure out everyone’s role in her life—and her own—in time to save the day.

This charming sequel to Suite Scarlett is a hilarious and wickedly entertaining read. It’s never quite apparent from the first few chapters what the point of the story is, which makes reading a little slow at first, but Johnson’s quick wit keeps the reader satisfied until the good stuff. I have to say I enjoyed Scarlett Fever more than its prequel, and I definitely attribute that to this novel’s characters. Scarlett, the unassuming heroine of this tale is completely lovable and easy to relate to. I particularly admire her ability to manage her busy life without going insane and her skill as a problem solver. Scarlett’s character experiences dramatic growth in this book, from not knowing what she wanted to do with her life to growing into and applying her creating problem solving skills. I don’t think Scarlett quite realizes where her life could do even at the end of the story, but that’s part of what makes me so excited for the next installment of Scarlett’s adventures.

This endearing story appeals to fans of its prequel, Suite Scarlett, as well as Slept Away by Julie Kraut and Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling. I eagerly look forward to the continuation of this series.

Rating: 4.25

Review copy from publisher Scholastic

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Amused said...

I'm happy to hear this sequel is so good. I loved the first book and gave it to my step sister for her birthday. I'll have to get her this one now too!

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