Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here

Scarlett Epstein cover

Author: Anna Breslaw

Genre: YA Fiction

Publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 288


Scarlett Epstein is a BNF (Big Name Fan for those who don’t know fan-fic boards) of her favorite show, Lycanthrope High. While she is well respected in the Lycanthrope fan-fic community, she is a nothing at her own high school. She is devastated when her favorite show is cancelled, but no one truly understands her devastation other than her fellow BNFs. Her crush, Gideon, was a huge fan of the show, but they haven’t really talked in years. Her only IRL friends are Avery (bookworm, math whiz, and sister to the annoyingly popular and mean girl, Ashley) and Ruth (geriatric pothead, avid gardener, ex-women’s studies professor). When she feels like things are falling apart (read: fave show cancelled, Gideon becomes part of the popular crowd, etc) she turns to her popular fan-fic to let it all out. This time it’s different, though, the characters aren’t from her favorite show, they are people from her real life. She never considers what the consequences might be if that fiction ever gets out to people in real life…until it does.

Scarlett is someone that many of us may be able to relate to. She’s a little awkward, and completely wrapped in her fictional world. At the same time, she has a lot of wit and some definite snark, which works really well as a narrator. She feels like no one really understands her, and that she has no one to turn to when things in her word start falling apart. There were definitely aspects of her life and personality that I was able to relate to, personally. The characters were well developed and relatable, and the story was a well written coming of age & learning to understand oneself tale. It was a quick and entertaining read, and had some real laugh out loud moments. I would definitely recommend this to fans of YA Fiction!


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