Scarlett Epstein Hates It here by Anna Breslaw
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis: 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 opinion on the book:
Looks like fandom is becoming a thing in YA literature… i mean, like, the other way around now we don’t have a fandom because of reading, we read about fandom.
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here was one of the books i was waiting for the most back in the beginning of the year, but to be honest, once i started reading it i struggled with myself to keep reading it.
The story of the book is the following; Scarlett is a huge fan of a tv show that just now was canceled and she doesn’t know how to handle it. Okay, this is an universal truth, the worst that can happen to a fangirl is for her favorite [whatever] to be over, so i could really undertsand what she was going through. And even though i could undertsand i couldn’t make myself like her character, but i’ll talk about it later.
Now that the show is over she tries to keep it alive in fanfiction with other people in the fandom but she finds herself struggling with writing ‘real’ stuff because her social real life sucks.
Enters the cute guy she has been in love with since forever and a ‘worst enemy’ that takes the guy from her… add some real life to fanfiction, some best friend that doesn’t appear much, a nice old lady that seems crazy and you have it, that’s pretty much the book.
Now, i’ll say that i liked the writing style of the author, it felt young and personal, but the story seemed a little flat to me. I mean, it had many kind of high school cliches and what was going to actually happen was pretty obvious from the very beginning.
I said i’ll comment on the fact that i couldn’t relate to Scarlett, like at all… even though we are pretty similar people, there was something about her complaining that felt out of place, if she was to do something about her problems, but she just ended up being just annoying for me.
As for the rest of the characters, we pretty much see what Scarlett sees so we don’t really know much about any of them, and there may be some ‘discoveries’ about some of them but there isn’t a development.
Overall, it is a nice easy read, it won’t break your heart, which is pretty good by itself. I would recommend it to people that want to read something lighthearted, and those who are trying to read something a little *happier* but it really depends on what kind of books you read normally.
‘Til Next Time 😉