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  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Point; Reprint edition (May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545096324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545096324
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 823,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maureen Johnson paints a vivid portrait of New York City and its bohemian artistic circles in this delightful story of family, friendship and romance ... An engaging romantic comedy that is certain to charm teen readers. Booktrust --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Maureen Johnson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during a massive snowstorm. After a little dalliance with astronomy (she had a glow in the dark star chart) and archaeology (she had a little shovel), Maureen declared her intention to become a writer at the age of eight or nine or so. Maureen has written several books for teens (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES and THE NAME OF THE STAR) as well as contributing to various anthologies. In November 2009 LET IT SNOW (written in conjunction with John Green and Lauren Myracle) became a New York Times bestseller. Maureen currently lives in New York, and was recently crowned the 2012 Queen of Teen in the UK. Follow Maureen at: and on Twitter: @maureenjohnson --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Book Bug on 9 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
Scarlett is the third of four children in the Martin family. The Martins live in and manage a shabby hotel in NYC that dates back to the 1920s. When Scarlett turns 15, she is put in charge of one of the hotel's 27 rooms- the Empire Suite. Into this room moves Mrs. Amberson, a failed 1970s starlet who has returned to New York to write her memoirs. Soon, Scarlett is taking dictation, running around town with Mrs. Amberson, and getting caught up in her Auntie Mame-meets-Bianca Jagger adventures. In the midst of all this, Scarlett falls in love - or so she thinks - and it takes Mrs. Amberson to help her see the light

Maureen Johnson has done it again! This is so humorous, fun, and wacky! I love the idea of living in a hotel, so I was super excited about reading this one. But it was the Hamlet on unicycles that got me. Is that crazy or what? Plus MJ's style is so great, easy to read and yes I'm going to say fun again. I do know that that was extremely repetitive, but there seems to be a case of reviewers blog going round. I have caught it.

I could relate to Scarlett, she was so scatterbrained and realistic, funny and likeable. Maureen Johnson's characters are always fun, crazy but realistic and realtable. Five stars for characterizations! Spencer was my second favourite character, he made me laugh so much that my sister (who was in the room at the time) thought I was having a nervous breakdown. I also liked Eric, but I was a bit dissapointed when things turned out a bit eh. Maybe things will clear up a bit in Scarlett Fever. Mrs.Amberson was hilarious, just fantastic.

The ending was perfect, and I really really cant wait to see what happens in the next installment. The story slipped along (does that make sense?) at a nice pace, though just a little slow compared to the fast pacedness of all the urban fantasy I'm reading at the moment. Overall, I would highly reccommend this book to anyone, anyone at all who needed to de-stress or just some fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
Scarlett just turned fifteen, but instead of being awarded a fantastic vacation away from home (like all her other friends) she is given a suite in the hotel she lives in to take care every other Martin in the family when they turn fifteen.

This isn't too bad until she meets her first guest that she must cater to, Mrs. Amberson, who will be staying all summer long! Though Scarlett believes this will be another boring summer, things start to get crazy with Mrs. Amberson along. She almost gets arrested for shoplifting, must keep helping to save her brother's production of Hamlet and his chances of ever making it as an actor, fetching Mrs. Amberson more tea then she could ever need, and even falling for a boy along the way!

Get ready New York: Scarlett is taking over!

This is my first novel by Maureen Johnson, but by no means will it be the last! I loved SUITE SCARLETT from the very beginning, immensely enjoying the characters and adventures. Scarlett and her brother, Spencer, have a great relationship with amazingly witty comebacks. You'll find yourself laughing along and wishing you had their relationship with your siblings!

The book is hilarious, thought-provoking, and fun! I'm thrilled there is going to be a sequel. So if you've read Johnson's work need this one, as well. And if you haven't, then get to it! It's the perfect book to start you out on!

Reviewed by: Lauren Ashley
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ancient Mariner on 24 Mar. 2015
Format: Paperback
Sometimes you just want to read along with interesting people who are part of an interesting family in an interesting place. No sturm und drang; no wildly implausible moments of angst or triumph or distress. Just smart, appealing, fairly realistic people with strengths and weaknesses, energy and style. That's what you will get here. It's very New York in a vaguely old-fashioned way; it's romantic the way old New York can be. This is sort of a boutique novel in the same way the Hopewell is a boutique hotel, and there is always room on the shelf for a calm, stylish, knowing, witty and generous addition like this.e Scarlett
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Suite Treat 5 April 2008
By Little Willow - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Welcome to the Hopewell Hotel. We offer clean suites, delicious food (sometimes burnt), free entertainment (that the owners don't know about), and service with a smile.

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson has family values. Rather, it values family: The Hopewell has been passed down through the Martin family for generations. The current owners are struggling to keep it going, and their children readily pitch in to help. Well, "readily" is relative - no pun intended. There's Spencer, the oldest at nineteen, an actor skilled at comedy and pratfalls; Lola, a recent high school graduate whose rich boyfriend can give her everything she wants - except that which matters most; Scarlett, the Suite's sweet protagonist; and Marlene, the youngest, who has no problem saying what she likes and what she doesn't. On his or her fifteenth birthday, each Martin gets a suite to care for. The book begins with Scarlett turning fifteen, getting assigned the Empire Suite, and finding out just how tight things are getting in the hotel. "We'll get by," her father says. "We always do."

And they do. I really enjoyed the family dynamic in this book. Spencer and Scarlett are close, as are Marlene and Lola. They all get along, but Scarlett's bond with her brother is stronger than that with either of her sisters. Thus, a large part of Scarlett's story also belongs to Spencer. He put a culinary scholarship on hold to pursue his acting, and his parents gave him a year to become a working actor or buckle down for school. With that year almost up, Spencer is anxious for something to come his way that pays him (to make his parents happy) and challenges him (to make him happy), so he's thrilled to when he gets the opportunity to be in a production of Hamlet. Spencer has such a good heart. You'll want him to succeed, and you'll wish he was your older brother too.

Meanwhile, while all of Scarlett's friends are off having summer adventures, Scarlett works at home. The Empire Suite is occupied by an aging actress named Mrs. Amberson who has money to spare and opinions to share. This woman is a true character. You never know what she's going to do next. Instead of bossing her new assistant around with barking commands and snapping fingers, she becomes an odd sort of confidante for the girl, and her eccentric ways become endearing.

Before long, Scarlett finds her summer schedule pretty full. In addition to dealing with Mrs. Amberson's antics and helping out with Spencer's show, she's also crushing on Spencer's scene partner Eric. She tries to re-connect with each of her sisters. Marlene's coddled for a reason - something I won't reveal here - and sophisticated Lola's apparent happiness may be more of an act than her family knows.

Maureen Johnson's sixth novel - and Scholastic debut - is not to be missed. Johnson's trademark wit is here ("Before, liking Eric was like a mirror - it was just a shiny thing, and it only went one way") as is her ability to capture simple truths. There are many truths to be told here about families, first loves, careers, living in New York City, and simply growing up.

It's refreshing to read a story with a well-adjusted leading character who actually acts her age and likes her family. Watching Scarlett takes in everything around her is a real treat. She's content to be in the middle of her family, in the middle of her teen years, but she's also realizing how many wonderful possibilities are out there for her and for the ones she loves. You know that whatever she does now or when she grows up, she'll do it well.

Check into the Hopewell today. I hope - I know - you'll enjoy your stay.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Liv's Book Reviews 15 Aug. 2008
By Liv's Book Reviews - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've never been a huge fan of Maureen Johnson's. I know, it's a crime. It's just that none of the books of hers that I've read have made much of an impression on me. I do admit that she's a good writer and has some great story ideas, but out of the books I've read so far, I didn't really like them enough to say that she's one of my favorite authors. But, I think that may have changed after I read this book. While reading I thought to myself; this must be the kind of Maureen Johnson writing that has made people fall in love with her. It's really good! She's witty, precise, clever, funny, and her whole writing style made this book completely enjoyable to read. It's got nice flow and has enough little quirky things to it that nothing ever gets boring. I'm definitely understanding what people like so much about Maureen. I'm a fan now. Besides the writing, there were, of course, other elements that I liked about the book. I really liked the reality of it all. Maybe not the reality of the plot, because I have a feeling that that part was meant to be not so real and more funny and captivating, but I really liked how the author was able to write about the setting and the characters so that it felt as if you were there and you knew them. I've been to New York once, like five years ago so I don't really remember a ton, but from reading this book I was able to understand the whole dynamic and feel of the city which was cool. I'd love to be able to go and spend a week or two among the crazy hecticness of New York. It seems like it would be a really cool place to live. And besides the setting, the characters were completely awesome. They each had some interesting personality trait that made them unique. I also liked how the cute guy in this story had things wrong with him! Yay! Cheers for realistic and screwed up guys. Sure, I'm not as fond of Eric as I am of more unflawed guy leads, but I do admire him for having the strength to defy the character mold. Ha. Overall, I think Suite Scarlett was a super great book. I loved every part of it and am looking forward to the next Scarlett book with tons of anticipation.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Compulsive Reader's Reviews 18 April 2008
By The Compulsive Reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Every 15th birthday in the Martin family is special. It is at this age that each of the Martin children has received suites in the family's Hopewell Hotel that they are responsible for. And on her birthday, Scarlett receives the Empire Suite, along with its new permanent guest, Mrs. Amberson. Mrs. Amberson is unconventional, exasperating, and demanding, and Scarlett resents that because of her, she can't get a regular summer job. But when Mrs. Amberson saves Scarlett's brother Spencer's show, a rendition of Hamlet, from certain disbandment, and insists on being a part of it, Scarlett doesn't quite mind so much. It would certainly bring her a lot closer to Eric, who is very good looking and just happens to be a part of the cast...

Suite Scarlet is quirky, fun, and oh so hilarious. Johnson's trademark engaging writing style, subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) humor, and intelligent lexicon will not fail to captivate readers once again. It's wonderfully refreshing to read about siblings that actually like each other, but are every bit as dysfunctional as the next family. The dynamics between Scarlett and Spencer especially are a delight to read, and their characters are wonderfully pragmatic and expressive. Mrs. Amberson is a sort of insane and intriguing enigma whose eccentricities and antics add just the right amount of pizzazz to the plot. Throw in each of the carefully presented details, from avid descriptions of Scarlett's family and friends, and crazy theatrical catastrophes, to bits of trivia from throughout the lives of the Martin family, and you have a comprehensive look at Scarlett's life, forging a connection between reader and protagonist that you won't want to sever...and you want have to; a sequel is already in the works. The release of Suite Scarlett has only reinforced Johnson's status as one of the top YA authors out there today.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
GreenBeanTeenQueen Reviews 21 July 2009
By GreenBeanTeenQueen - Published on
Format: Paperback
The few things I've read by Maureen Johnson have been hit or miss for me. I read 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and while I liked it, I didn't love it. Maureen's short story in Let It Snow, on the other hand was my favorite out of the collection and I wanted to read a book based on that story. So when I first saw Suite Scarlett, I liked the idea, but I was nervous about if I would like it or not.

I shouldn't have worried because Suite Scarlett was a delight. I love the Martin family (in some ways they reminded me of a non-magical, New York version of the Weasleys), and I found all of them endearing, even the sometimes annoying Marlene. I really loved how these siblings relied on each other and shared with each other-they new what it meant to be a family, which is a cool thing to see in YA books.

I first thought that Mrs. Amberson would be like the evil bosses in Devil Wears Prada or Nanny Diaries, but I actually enjoyed her and wouldn't mind spending the afternoon talking with her. She's eccentric, but I don't think she's a terrible boss and she has a good heart (most of the time). I'm looking forward to more of her schemes and ideas.

The greatest thing that Suite Scarlett pulls off is making a crush-worthy boy out of Spencer, Scarlett's brother, instead of Eric, Scarlett's crush. I've heard other bloggers gush about Spencer and I'm there with him-he's definitely a lit-crush! Scarlett still remains the main character, which is fine because I enjoyed Scarlett too and found her to be a fun character, but Spencer stole the show for me and I'm hoping to see more of him in the sequels as well.

I would recommened Suite Scarlett to readers who enjoy books about theater, memorable families, and madcap adventures. Suite Scarlett would make a great summer read and it's the start to a new series. Scarlett Fever comes out in January 2010 with a third book being released later in the year.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Nice concept 10 Jan. 2010
By manda - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Maybe it's just me, but I just didn't get sucked into the book. It may be because of my background and upbringing (we weren't poor, per se, but definitely not well off), but I felt like I couldn't relate to Scarlett or her particular brand of teenage struggles.

I couldn't really relate to the characters; Spencer acted as the comic relief (excuse the pun) but I found myself halfheartedly believing he could be so in denial about the reality of his situation. Lola and Marlene weren't as fully developed as Scarlett and Spencer, so I felt very little toward them. I couldn't bring myself to judge either based on Scarlett or Spencer's negative opinions since the narration is biased toward Scarlett. In the sibling divide, it seemed to be split into two groups: underprivileged (Spencer and Scarlett) and spoiled (Lola and Marlene).

I liked the concept of the story and had no qualms with the way the author wrote it. I enjoyed the humorous, sometimes sarcastic remarks from the characters, which was one of the only things that kept me trudging through the book. I liked how the characters were wholesome, and like one reviewer said, they had strong family values. I think the plot could have used a little work.

Unfortunately, it didn't quite catch my particular interest. It had a lot of potential, but I'm sure if I were a teen I'd like it a lot more. I suggest trying it for yourself before judging it.
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