>> zondag 24 januari 2010 – 2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge, contemporary teen lit, Maureen Johnson, young adult
Title: Kamer 13
Original Title: Suite Scarlett
Written by: Maureen Johnson
Release date: May, 2009
Part of:2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge
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.
When I saw Suite Scarlett at the library I just had to pick it up! I heard so many positive things that I really wanted to read it. Also I never read any books written by Maureen Johnson before, I already can hear you say, do you live under a rock? Well apparently.
The minute I started to read the book I was hooked. The beginning starts with the “birthday party” for Scarlett. The family tradition is that when you turn fifteen you get the key to a room, in this case the Empire Suite. Scarlett is now in charge of that suite and has to do everything to please the quests who stays in there. In this case Mrs. Amberson. And of course Mrs. Amberson is not just your typical quest, she’s very demand full. She’s calling Scarlett on the weirdest times and comes up with all these silly tasks and requests. Now she’s butting in Scarlett’s life and what is she supposed to do, she has to please the quest.
The characters in the book are really great. My favourite character was Spencer. He is the brother of Scarlett and in my mind totally cute. He’s like the best brother a girl can wish for. The dialogue between him and Scarlett was charming, fun and corky! It will make you laugh!
I can’t wait to read the sequel to this story, cause I really want to know more about the characters and hotel Hopewell.