posted at Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 at 8:00 AM | Reviews, Young Adult
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw
Published by Razorbill on April 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Humor
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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…
My hopes were so very high for Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here. Like, it sounded so awesome and looks so fluffy and yes give. Have you ever read a book and it was good and did cool stuff and the subject matter was completely up your alley, but also it kind of rubbed you the wrong way? That’s me right now.
It’s not that I found Scarlett Epstein offensive or anything, but sometimes Scarlett’s voice really grated on me. I don’t really know why, and honestly it’s probably some sneaky self-loathing. For a lot of the book, her voice (which is very strong) walked the line between funny and obnoxious. At the start, it was more to the obnoxious, but as the book progressed became increasingly funny and enjoyable. Scarlett has a great character arc that’s worth sticking around for, even if she does grate on you at the start. Plus, even if I didn’t always love the voice, mad props to any author who can write a book that’s got such a strong voice.