Friday, May 28, 2010

Scarlett Fever

Scarlett Fever
by Maureen Johnson

After a successful summer run of Hamlet set in her parents' hotel, Scarlett and her family must now get back to the normal routines of running the run-down hotel, and Scarlett must now go back to school.

Unfortunately, Scarlett is still dealing with her break-up from Eric, as well as her needy boss, the owner of a new talent agency.  So things aren't as smooth as she would like.

Her brother, Spencer, finally lands the job of a lifetime, with a few consequences that affect the family.  Her older sister may be getting back together with her ex, Chip.  And her younger sister is being strangely nice.  

So Scarlett's life should be getting better.  But when her boss sets her sights on getting a new  fifteen year-old talent, Chelsea, Scarlett is forced to step in and be like a friend to her, and Chelsea's brother, Max.  And Max is really difficult to get along with.

Can Scarlett get over Eric, help her brother's career, keep her family intact, be Chelsea's friend, and figure out Max's motives?

Final thoughts:  I'd missed the first book in the series, Suite Scarlett, so it was a bit like jumping feet-first into the middle of the pool, but it was easy to get into the story.  There were some fun moments and the characters are great.  My only complaint is that it ends like a soap opera cliffhanger.  It's like the book is missing the chapter that would have at least rounded things out.

Rating: 3/5

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