Hot Key Books (2014)
I really enjoyed Suite Scarlett, the first book in this series, so I had a feeling I would enjoy Scarlett Fever too. And I did, right from the dedication:
How could I not love a book dedicated to ABBA? 😛
The Martin family are back! Scarlett Fever features more entertaining adventures as Scarlett tries to deal with heartbreak, family drama and the ever-demanding Mrs Ambersen. Spencer is struggling to start an acting career, Lola is stuck working in the hotel, and Marlene is being disconcertingly friendly. Scarlett is still pining over Eric, and it doesn’t help that all her friends seem to have had exciting summers abroad. With Mrs Ambersen’s new acting agency Scarlett is kept as busy as ever, especially with their latest client – a new Broadway star.
The familiar wacky cast of characters from Suite Scarlett were joined by some memorable new characters in this enjoyable sequel. My favourite of the new characters was Max, the surly brother of Amy Ambersen’s new protogée. He was an interesting character with plenty of depth and I liked how his character was explored as the book progressed. Scarlett is a great protagonist – she is a funny and likeable character, but she also has her flaws. She is relatable, and makes the book believable despite all the chaos that sometimes ensues! Again Spencer brought a lot of humour, but also a lot of emotion as readers see the strain he is under trying to begin an acting career. The setting of the book – both the crumbling hotel and New York City – adds to the appeal and makes for an entertaining read.
As in Suite Scarlett I enjoyed the mix of humour, drama and strong characters. Well worth a read!
I definitely want to check out more of Maureen Johnson’s books, I loved these two books and her story in Let It Snow.
Originally reviewed for LoveReading4Kids