Review: Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here


Series: N/A
Authors: Anna Breslaw
Edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Published: April 19, 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆



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…

I got this from Uppercase Box back in April. I wanted to read a book that is quick but give me happy feelings. I was in the mood to read a Contemporary book. This fits the bill. I can see why Lisa from Uppercase Box has chosen this book for April. It is a good summer read. 

The main character, Scarlett is a teenager that were so into a TV show and made friends online off the fan fiction based on that show. That TV show was canceled, and she went into a depression. She is sarcastic. She is funny. She is growing up. She is friends with a young lady whose sister is so popular in high school. She is friends with this old lady who do weed. I like how people in the book feel. They do not feel like one-dimensional at all. They did not fall flat. 

I like the plot that Anna had forged. My only issue with this is the stories that Scarlett wrote itself. I understand it is the part of her journey, the part of her story but it is unnecessary. I skipped through these stories. Maybe there would be a better way to do this. That is why I gave it four stars. 

The cover is pretty much awesome. It matches the story perfectly without giving it away. The young lady on the cover fits what Anna has described Scarlett to be perfect. 

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