AUTHOR: Alison Cherry
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
RELEASE DATE: October 8, 2013
HARDCOVER: 320 pages
SYNOPSIS: Felicity St. John has it all—loyal best friends, a hot guy, and artistic talent. And she’s right on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her long, wavy, coppery red hair.
Having red hair is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power—and everybody knows it. That’s why Felicity is scared down to her roots when she receives an anonymous note:
I know your secret.
Because Felicity is a big fake. Her hair color comes straight out of a bottle. And if anyone discovered the truth, she’d be a social outcast faster than she could say “strawberry blond.” Her mother would disown her, her friends would shun her, and her boyfriend would dump her. And forget about winning that pageant crown and the prize money that comes with it—money that would allow her to fulfill her dream of going to art school.
Felicity isn’t about to let someone blackmail her life away. But just how far is she willing to go to protect her red cred?
Red is a fun and inspiring read. Its classy and different in its own way. It made me think about life and how I see myself as a person. It took me a while to warm up this book. The beginning was slow and halfway through the book, I was getting mad. But I loved the ending. Although it’s a town full of redheads and Felicity is trying to hide her true identity, deep down, the lesson of being yourself is still presented throughout the book.
Freedom, Bravery, Friendship, Escape, Self-Evaulating
Scarletville is a twisted town where all the redheads are popular. Not even a strawberry-blonde is considered worthy of anyone’s attention; and that’s what Felicity is. A strawbie whose in disguised. Felicity’s mom has been taking Felicity to get her hair dyed at a secret salon ever since she was a baby just so her daughter can fit into Scarletville. When someone discovers Felicity’s secret, Felicity ends up being blackmailed and she takes risk just to keep her secret from society. If she doesn’t do what the blackmailer says, her reputation will go down the drain, along with her boyfriend, her two best friends, and her chance of winning the Miss Scarlet pageant.
Felicity→ Felicity was annoying sometimes. Some of the decisions she was making were silly and stupid. I don’t know why Felicity kept her secret from her friends. If she really believed they were her true friends, she wouldn’t have even considered the thought of them dissing her as a friend.
Gabby→ Gabby is annoying and childish. I actually like her personality though. She’s a fierce and determined person. I can understand why she acts the way she does, but ugh. She’s still annoying.
Ivy→ Ivy is my favorite character in this novel. She’s one of Felicity’s best friends and is also a redhead. She does her own thing regardless of what people think and I love that about her. She’s independent and does what she wants and what makes her happy.
I love Felicity’s friends–Ivy and Haylie. Both their personalities were unquie and they acted just like best friends. Silly, supportive, annoying, and always there for each other.
Ginger (Felicity’s mom) kept constantly telling Felicity how she should live her life. Her mother is only trying to help her but Felicity doesn’t want to be molded into something she is not. She wants to discover herself and be that person. She wants to feel free.
Set in third point of view from Felicity’s eyes, Scarlettville is located in Iowa. Alison Cherry gave great detail about the scenery and the pageants. I could picture everything perfectly. The only thing I had a problem with (which just deals with me being picky and stubborn) is the fact that she could’ve gave more description of the characters appearances. She describes how they look one time and then never brings it up again.
This was a good, yet slow read. (In a good way!). The first fifty pages are a bit slow and the ending leaves you off wondering what is going to happen in the near future (which sucks!). But Cherry leaves readers a couple of hints here and there on how things might go down. Totally a read for anyone going through some emotional book trauma right now and want something stable and sane to read. 🙂
Lesson Learned? Be yourself and believe in yourself no matter what.
Book Cover: .5
Character Development/Plot: 2.8 out of 3
Interest: .8 out of 1
Imagery: .9 out of 1
Total: 5.0 stars