Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here - Anna Breslaw

Title: Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here
Author: Anna Breslin
Format: Hardcover

Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her weed-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.

When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. And if they ever find out what Scarlett truly thinks about them, she’ll be thrust into a situation far more dramatic than anything she’s ever seen on TV…

Scarlett Epstein is a fangirl and loves to watch cheesy shows like Lycanthrope High - a werewolf show that gets suddenly cancelled.  Scarlett then finds herself wondering what on earth she is going to do with herself. 

In an effort to quell her heart over the loss of her favorite show, Scarlett chats with some online friends who also love Lycanthrope High.  They convince Scarlett to write her own stories, which she does to much fanfare.  The only hitch is - she uses not only real people from her high school, but also their real names.  Things implode a bit when the stories are discovered by her best friends sister - who happens to be one of the characters.

But - I don't want to give away too much - so I'll start by telling you some of the things I loved about this book.

1. Scarlett is hilarious.  Snarky yes, but hilarious.
2. Scarlett lives next door to Ruth the seventies something pot smoking lady.
3. Scarlett's online friends are some of the best people in the book.  They give her real advice that matters and make her feel like she matters.

I think there was some room for character growth on Scarlett's part, but otherwise, I think all the characters developed and changed pretty well throughout the novel.  They all had decent personalities, and had at least a minor amount of change throughout the book.

I liked the dynamic between Scarlett and her friend Avery as well.  They talked to each other like I think a lot of teenage kids do.  They fight like sisters, but get over it quickly. 

Overall, I think teenagers, especially fangirl/fanboy kids will love this book.  Read it - now. (Bonus - it was just published in paperback!)

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