A Rogue Librarian's Reading List











{August 30, 2011}   Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson

Plot: Scarlett continues to work as the assistant of the excentric former actress Mrs. Amberson even as school is about to begin. Her boss now fancies herself an agent. When she isn’t busy making Scarlett’s brother the most hated man in New York, she is trying to bring the young starlet Chelsey under her wing. Now Scarlett is forced to befriend Chelsea, put up with her disagreeable brother Max and deal with her recent heartbreak.  Meanwhile more family trouble is brewing.

Scarlett Fever picks up right where Suite Scarlett left off and it is every bit as enjoyable with the same wit and colourful cast. Added to the charming Martin family and the excentric Mrs. Amberson are the over-managed Chelsea and the disagreable Max (both of whom are far more than they appear at first glance) as well as Murray the tiny terrified dog (he’s like a living panic attack) named for the grumpy doorman. Their crazy adventures were a pleasure to read.

But of course, Scarlett makes the story. She spent a great deal of the novel pinning over her ex-sort-of-boyfriend Eric and that should have annoyed me but even heart-broken and obsessed, Scarlett remains resourceful, clever and funny. I feel the same affection and exasperation for her as I would for a friend.

The ending of the novel was somewhat abrupt, leaving me desperate for the as-yet-unannounced final book in the series.

Challenges: None

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