Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here - Anna Breslaw | ARC Review

Pages: 288 pages, ARC Paperback
Publication date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill 
How I got the copy: Received from publisher (Penguin Randome House Canada)
Rating:  5/5 stars


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…

This book is smart, hilarious and powerful. I loved it.

I haven’t laughed so much or so hard by a novel in a very long time. Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here was a wonderful surprise, I went into it knowing nothing except for the main character writes fanfiction, which I ended up really enjoying!

Scarlett’s POV (point of view) was a ride. Scarlett's was a fast speaking, witty teen, like Juno MacGuff from Juno (a movie I really enjoy), which made me really love Scarlett and this book. Scarlett's a smart, witty and a well thought-out character. She's the type of character I’ve been wanting to read in a YA novel for a while now so, this was perfect. 

I can’t express enough how much I laughed because of this book but there’s one specific scene in the story that Scarlett’s witty banter had me laughing with tears in my eyes.

The story includes so many relevant pop culture references, which make it perfect for readers to relate too. I mean SO many pop culture references and I really enjoyed each one. 

Scarlett Espein Hates it Here has a very positive and empowering message to girls and women, which is another reason I really enjoyed this novel. Scarlett is a feminist but she’s not perfect, she also struggles and learns throughout the story about what that means and she evolves as a teenager should.

I recommend this to reader who enjoy YA contemporary and a good laugh. This novel focuses on growing up, love, grief and high-school.


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