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Content Review: Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Point; Reprint edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545096324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545096324
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Her new summer job comes with baggage

Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small hotel in the heart of New York City, and Scarlett lives there with her four siblings - Spencer, Lola, and Marlene.

When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite in the once elegant, now shabby Art Deco hotel. For Scarlett's fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite, and a permanent guest called Mrs. Amberson.

Scarlett doesn't quite know what to make of this C-list starlet, world traveler, and aspiring autobiographer who wants to take over her life. And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn.

Before the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery, Broadway glamour, romantic missteps, and theatrical deceptions. But in the city where anything can happen, she just might be able to pull it off.

Sexual Content:




    -Spencer, Scarlett's brother, punches the guy she likes 

Other Notables:

    -Scarlett lies to her parents, secretly staging her brother's play in the hotel dining room. 
    -Mrs. Amberson smokes, and she provides alcohol to the cast and to the theatergoers, even telling Scarlett she can drink a little.