Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: Physical Book
Total Pages: 288
Scarlett is a fanfiction writer whose worst nightmare comes true – her favorite show (and inspiration for her fanfiction!) is cancelled. As if grieving the loss wasn’t enough, now what is she going to write about? Deprived of her favorite characters, Scarlett turns to the events and people in her real life for material, including her forever crush who is suddenly Mr. Popular. The good news is that the online community love the stories that Scarlett is writing. The bad news is… how long can she keep it all a secret?
I went into this book expecting laughs, and ohhh, I got laughs! Scarlett is a wonderful character, I love her personality and admire her use of sarcasm. Ruth is an even better character, and is everything that I strive to be in life. I enjoyed the raw references used (butt selfies – hah!) and the relatability of the world built in this book. I often felt like I was reading my own diary and had multiple “is she reading my mind?” moments when I would think something and then Scarlett would immediately think/say the same thing in the book. Am I Scarlett? Maybe I am.
What I didn’t get, however, was much else. I found the overall story quite bland. When I finished reading and thought back to what I had read, I felt like there were gaps. Although I liked the not-so-structured writing style because it makes the story more relatable and easier to read, I think that it was overdone to the point where things were missed. I’m not sure if I just missed them personally, or if because this was such a casual writing style, that they were just missed from the actual story.
I wish that I could praise this one more and I really wish that I loved the overall story as much as I had hoped to, but I do give so many thumbs up for how much I laughed while reading it.
Do you agree with my statement that the overall story of this book was a bit lacking? If you disagree, please tell me why!