I chose Suite Scarlett. She’s got a great voice, as well as a gift for description and characterization. Scarlett Martin lives in a hotel. Her family own the hotel and she works in it. She’s just turned 15 and is given run of one of the rooms as a test of responsibility. The hotel has fallen on hard times, and she’s tied up with working at the hotel for her parents, when a high-paying patron checks into the hotel. She turns out to be a wealthy, highly eccentric (they often are, aren’t they?) divorcee who has decided to reconnect with her roots in New York City. She pays Scarlett to be her assistant who ends up doing much more than merely running errands. A play ensues, pranks are played, and Scarlett learns a lot more about the real world.
I was immediately drawn in by her imagery, her attention detail, and penchant for dialogue and colorful characters. After reading a bunch of SciFi and Fantasy novels recently, it took me awhile to get used to a normal novel. The plot is pretty simple, but don’t take that to mean it’s mundane. I can tell that Johnson loves the city of New York, and I feel like I’ve gotten a pretty good picture of the city through the novel, populated a quirky set of characters and a hyperbolic bit of deus ex machina (deus ex money, in this case) spattered throughout.
Check this book out, enjoy it!