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Friday, April 18, 2008


I've just returned from Texas, literally. Thank you to all who expressed concern about my pretzel poisoning. I seem to have come out of it okay. I slept off the unpleasant aftertaste, had many wonderful encounters with librarians and other authors, ate a lot of delicious nachos, and got home in one piece!

Now . . . it' time for ASK MJ!


anonymous said...
Would you ever try sky-diving? What do you think about that?

Hold on. I have my list of “Things I Won’t Do” right here. Let me have a look . . .

#14 Jam hand into beehive.
#15 Check out the source of "that weird noise" if accidentally stuck in horror movie.
#16 Ask Naomi Campbell if I can borrow her phone.

Ah. Here it is. Number seventeen. Skydive.

Listen, I don't want to offend anyone here . . . but I have to wonder about anyone who tosses him or herself out of a doorway at 20,000 feet. I mean, you do see the flaw in that logic, right? Have you asked yourself, "What would Darwin do?"

It took us hundreds of years to solve the problem of flight. Flight is awesome! We have snacks and movies and everything! The only trick is STAYING ON THE PLANE. That's it! We didn't go to all the trouble of defying physics just so people could throw themselves out the door.

Some people will undoubtedly say, "But the adrenaline rush!" That adrenaline rush is there to KEEP us from killing ourselves. The adrenaline helps you run from the fire or the polar bear or the shark on a Segway or whatever is after you. I personally don't need this kind of buzz. I get enough excitement. I have JK busting into my house every other day.

anonymous said...
Hey, my question is:
Are you actually gonna answer ALL of these questions above?

Um . . .


anonymous said...
What would you say is your favorite ABBA song, at this moment at least? Cause I can never decide which one I like the best, and since you are an expert on all things ABBA I was hoping you might help me decide.

This question reminded me to check on my Abba museum countdown meter. Only 412 days to go until the BEST MUSEUM IN THE WORLD opens. I almost fainted when I read about the opening week activities. Just look at this!

Friday June 5, 2009
International ABBA Tribute Band Day. ABBA tribute bands from all over the world perform.

Saturday June 6, 2009
Sweden’s National Day – ABBA Style.

Sunday June 7, 2009
ABBA-rocks! Closing party with the next generation ABBA. Fireworks extravaganza.

OH. MY. GOD. An “Abba style” Sweden Day? An Abba party with fireworks? A whole day of Abba tribute bands? Who lives in Stockholm? Who wants to go with me?

What was the question again? I’m so woozy.

aella siofra said...
Do you think Abba actually chose their own outfits? or were they merely the victims of a horrible conspiracy?

I don't understand this question. You seem to imply that there is something wrong with their outfits. All of the Abba outfits were carefully designed, and many will be at the museum!

Am I missing something? Is there a problem here?

ally said...
Why do I always do well on Pre-AP American History test where the multiple choice always have ABBA in them?

ABBA always helps in times of crisis. And DID YOU KNOW that Frieda (the dark haired one) is a princess? Her full name and title is Her Serene Highness Princess Anni-Frid Reuss, Countess of Plauen.


danica/diamond d said...
Would you ever write a book based on the movie Footloose? Are you looking forward to the remake (with Zac Efron)?

Famous hamster-eater Zac Efron is going to star in a remake of Footloose? Why didn’t anyone tell me? What is THAT craft services table going to be like?

The Footloose Burger

crypt said...
I have a question:
What should I have for lunch? I don't have any bread, I do have burgers and fishfingers, but my grill doesn't work. I also have chocolate spread, mustard and eggs

Your choices seem limited to the last three items. I strongly support both the chocolate spread and mustard, but cannot get behind the eggs. I don’t like eggs. I wish I did, really . . . but I’ve never been able to eat them. Even the smell makes me hopelessly ill. Which is why I’m really wondering what joker added “I like eggs” to the list of my book titles on Wikipedia.

About your lunch . . . while I am perfectly content to eat mustard or chocolate spread right out of the jar, most people are not. And I’d offer you some of these cool chocolate cowboys that some Texas librarians gave me . . . but I got hungry when I got home and smashed them with a bowl and ate their heads.

ohholyhorcrux said...
What are your feelings on hummus?

Basically, hummus is to me what hamsters are to Zac.


itokro said...
Is Suite Scarlett only out in America?

A while ago I tried to find your books in Britain - I visited every bookstore in Cambridge before being told they'd have to order them specially and get them shipped over from the US. And yet yesterday, in Guildford, I saw a copy of 13 Little Blue Envelopes just sitting on the shelf in the bookshop. Does this mean you are published here after all? Or is it just the magical effects of proximity to the London office?

Welcome to the bane of my existence, itokro. Aside from The Bermudez Triangle (of which I think 4 copies were printed), I have no books out in the UK. From what I’ve been told, the UK hates YA and has denied admission to many of us!

So I have NO EXPLAINATION for why there was a 13 Little Blue Envelopes on a shelf in Guildford . . . except that maybe someone in Guildford figured out that I am in Guildford ALL THE TIME, ordered an American copy, and put it there. Guildford is, after all, the location of the “London” office. Maybe Oscar did it. Or JK. Did you see any food wrappers around it?

Until the books are released there, I guess I have to offer my special Reading Service, where I come to your house and read your mj book of choice to you.

Do you require MJ Reader Services?

Caillie said...
i loved SUITE SCARLETT! remember me + Spencer= long lasting marrage only to be ended by one of the weasley twins, lol.

Spencer has been getting an awful lot of attention, even in these early days. I predict that he will be giving Keith Dobson a serious run for his money. But I can't let you marry him if you're just going to leave him. He'll get all depressed and he won't work anymore. Don't break my characters, bro.

hannah said...

This is a very general question, but I was wondering who writes the blurbs for books?

Blurbs are usually quotes from other authors, but they can be from anyone, really. (Usually someone famous.) Like if Her Serene Highness Princess Anni-Frid Reuss, Countess of Plauen wanted to give me a quote . . . let's stop. I can't even think about that.

my friend is currently extrimly mad @ u because 1 shes is not scarletts 11 2 you didn't answer her "very nice" email so @ school we call you The-auther-that-cannot-be-named and its slightly annoying (sorry shaylaluna if ur reading this) so I suggest u answer that I wasn't allowed to enter thanks to moi mother but I am begging you to sell the free alan rickman shirts also my friend and i are aginst borders because for my b day when you first said it was out(Im using small words cause I have issues spelling)she went to get it and they didn't have please repliy to this :^)

I am always sorry to hear that I have failed one of you in some way, and I am certainly sorry to hear that I am “the author that cannot be named.” I’m like . . . Voldemort? Really? Let me see what I can do to address the problems.

First, sorry about your friend and Scarlett’s Eleven. This is the problem with running any kind of a contest. I knew it was going to be hard to pick eleven people. And I do my best to answer my e-mail . . . but things sometimes get a little out of control in MJ land. But I read every single one. Every. Single. One.

As for Borders not having the books out on the shelf when you went to get one, I am sorry about that, though I have no control over Borders. Borders is generally very nice when it comes to my books, and I like them a lot. I’ve heard from a few Borders people that they have opened the boxes and that Suite Scarlett is now out on the tables and shelves. So if you go back, it should be there!

I hope that you will now say my name again. I’m all stressed out now.


Scholastic has told me that the INCREDIBLY AWESOME CONTEST that I’ve been telling you about for a while is scheduled to kick off on May 1st. I can confirm that the prize includes both NEW YORK CITY and ME. (You don’t get to keep either one . . . just to be clear.)

In the meantime . . . I have STUFF TO GIVE OUT! Starting NOW! In each of the next posts, I’ll be passing out some copies of Suite Scarlett and some awesome, limited edition, super-special SUITE SCARLETT SLEEP MASKS.

Today I am giving out one signed book and ten sleep masks.

TO WIN A SIGNED COPY OF THE BOOK: Leave a comment letting me know you don’t have a copy yet and you’d like one. I’ll draw a winner at random.

TO WIN A SLEEP MASK: Have you read Suite Scarlett? What did you think? Would you share your thoughts with everyone who hasn’t read the book yet? (Without dropping any spoilers, please. Spoilers will get deleted.) The first ten people to leave their mini-reviews in the comments win! (I realize that this means you have to have READ the book. Don’t worry . . . this is the only time that will be a factor!)

The deadline is WHENEVER I POST NEXT.

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Anonymous K. said...

Skydiving = insult to science. Someone worked so hard to get those witches or birds or whatever to carry those planes--and people are going to jump out and disregard that?!
I would love a copy of Suite Scarlett but do not yet have one!

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Sarahluna said...

I would totally lie and said I read the book already, just for the sleep mask, if it wasn't so unfair and horrible. So I'm going to be good and just try for the first contest! Yay me!

I want a signed copy of the book! I'm on spring break with nothing to do, and it would really make my year if I got one. :)

7:50 AM  
Anonymous shaylaluna said...

MJ, I said your name. You're forgiven. YOu answered K's question. Yay you. No offense was ment by th eVoldermort remark.
I would love a copy of Suite Scarlett so bad. I have yet to get it. Also, my bat mitzvah is may 3 and the best gift would totally be Suite Scarlett.
Oh, and by the way my Ask MJ question is what is your opinion of Phillip Pullman, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkein.
I read The World of the Golden Compass, edited by Scott Westerfeld. I read your article but there was another article called Tempest in a British Teacup. What's is your opinion?
I would really love in you answered the question and also if I got the copy of Suite Scarlett. Please, Please, Please.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Ashley said...

Miz Maureen--

If you would be so kind, I would very much like a copy of Suite Scarlett, as I have been seriously deprived book-wise as of late--not only has the only bookstore I can easily access recently closed, but I lost my library card on the bus, and what's worse I keep going to their website and placing holds only to remember that I HAVE NO CARD and being forced to cancel them, which is AGONY. *curses sky in futility*

Also, the book itself looks completely awesome and features many things I love (New York! Broadway! Aging, opinionated Broadway divas! HAMLET ON UNICYCLES!), and it would just be really, really awesome if I got it.

Also, on the subject of movie-musicals (which someone asked about last post), I have noticed, to no small amount of glee, that you referenced Moulin Rouge!, otherwise known as the Best Movie Seriously Ever (well, one of them), in not one, but two of your books (13LBE and Bermudez)...may I hear your opinion, s'il vous plait?

I am very relieved that you recovered from your pretzel-poisoning. Long may you live and write!

I swear I'm not a zombie,


8:13 AM  
Blogger ambeen said...

Like sarahluna said, it is tempting to say I have read Suite Scarlett just for the sleep mask, but I haven't. I haven't bought a copy yet either. I won't be able to until the end of May. Are you really going to make me wait that long? I didn't think so. ;)

8:33 AM  
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8:39 AM  
Blogger Reader Rabbit said...

I've actually already read the book already ;) so I'm in this for the sleep mask!

I loved the book and I told everyone I know to go and check it out! I love the realism and the characters and it truly is just amazing (and funny)! (Can't wait for the next one)

I'll also have a review up in a couple of days on my blog!!


8:42 AM  
OpenID kelly-kathleen said...

I just finished Suite Scarlett about a minute ago! I read your new post an hour or so ago and decided to finish the book right now so I could try to get one of the sleep masks!

Suite Scarlett was AMAZING, MJ!!! It's seriously one of my favorite books ever!! I am so happy that it is a series, because if it wasn't, I would be very upset right now. I need to know more about all of the characters!

I loved how Scarlett's character really developed over the course of the book. She really took charge at the end and helped save the show.

I loved all of the parts of the book about theatre. I am an aspiring actress myself, so it was great to read about the process of a show. I love being in productions, so it was great to read about the crazy and thrilling feeling of being in one that is so familiar to me.

I want to live in NYC so bad, and reading this book wanted me to live there even more! The city was like... another character in the book!

I love all of the Martins! Spencer is awesome. He's such a great brother. Lola is so sweet and kind to Scarlett. It was nice to see Marlene help them all out in the end.

I can't wait to see what happens between Eric and Scarlett! I liked how their relationship wasn't completely perfect. It had a lot of flaws and that made it seem very real.

Mrs. Amberson is so unpredictable! I never knew what she was going to come up with next! I'm so happy that Scarlett took the job so that we get to see more of their crazy adventures.

Suite Scarlett was incredible. It was definitely my favorite book of yours. I simply could not put it down! I'm eagerly awaiting the next part of Scarlett's story!

-Kelly R.

8:43 AM  
OpenID kelly-kathleen said...

Ooh... my review may have a teeny tiny spoiler... it doesn't mention anything specific though! Well.. I'll let you be the judge on that. I'm so sorry if my review spoiled anything... :-/ And... I guess it wasn't exactly a mini-review... I'm sorry! I hope I can still qualify for the contest!

8:49 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I do not have a copy and would love one! *hopeful look*

My word verification non-word is "bwROWLii". SUSPICIOUS? I think so!

9:07 AM  
OpenID keisha-strick said...

I sadly don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett yet, but would like one very much!

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Marlena said...

'ear, 'ear on the skydiving arguments. The only thing that should be falling through the air that quickly is a broken Snitch. And in that case, the Seeker should hurry up and catch it.

One signed copy of Suite Scarlett much desired here, MJ! *casts spellywavygoodvibes onto my comment*


9:11 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

I read Scarlett out on my back porch last Sunday. Let's just say that it was so entertaining that I didn't notice that I was burning and ended up with a painful, red, blistered back and backs of legs, plus some sun poisoning. I entirely blame you for this, Maureen, as you are the author of the book that distracted me so. But I suppose I can forgive you since you are writing a sequel and having CONTESTS! As for a review of the book...well, not just any book can give you sun poisoning. Also, I love the characters (especially Spencer, of course!) and I think that this is your best book yet. Your sense of humor really shines through.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Larisa said...

I bought the book a few days after the release and I read it in one sitting. Even though I had work in the morning and I was very tired, I would put it down and immediately pick it back up.
I hope you are proud of yourself.

(You should be! It was awesome. Can't wait for the next installment)

9:39 AM  
Blogger Alysa said...

I don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett yet, and I'd like one. You see, I'm pregnant, and I'd like to start indoctrinating my unborn child.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Krembdelakremb said...

Yeah! Please include me in the lottery! I want to read it!

I'm going to mention your blog on my Dear Librarian page (http://dearlibrarian.edublogs.org/)

It is so fun to read!



10:10 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

I would love a copy of Suite Scarlett but do not yet have one.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Pauline said...

Maureen, I would LOVE a copy of Suite Scarlett; I have not been able to get one due to being miles and miles from a book store that sells anything other than textbooks required for the classes at the university!I'm not getting out of college for a month and I feel so deprived of wonderful Young Adult literature! Help, please!

11:06 AM  
Blogger lightforms said...

Hi! I finished Suite Scarlett! I enjoyed it! I have never been to NY, but I do enjoy how it comes to life in my mind through your story. I love the Broadway scene and the stuff that goes with all that. A different flavor than Hollywood.

My thoughts are that the characters in this book are very honest and unique. Their relationship with each other will be fun to watch in the future books. I was impressed how observant Scarlet was with everyone around. She's a good protagonist. Keepin' it real!

11:16 AM  
Blogger Slade said...

I do not have a Suite Scarlett and I want one a whole freaking lot! I was asked in a job interview yesterday to describe myself as a building, and I chose an Art Deco one. When I was growing up, I wanted to have themed rooms like the guest rooms at the Hopewell Hotel. I am even using Art Deco themes, styles, fonts, etc. for my personal website. I love YA; it's what I write and what I read every second I don't have work to do for college. There is nothing I don't like about the setup for Suite Scarlett. And in two weeks, I will be Free from the School System forever -- what better graduation present but a copy of a book I've been waiting months to read? Please, MJ, randomly choose me!

11:48 AM  
Blogger mina said...

Hi MJ, (ha, we have the same initials!)

I would so totally LOVE a signed copy of the Suite Scarlett!! You see Chapters STILL doesn't have it in store...Grrrr.

Pick the one that says Mina on it! ;)

P.S. Regarding the outfits of ABBA, I think it was them who chose their own clothes because they don't seem the type who would allow to be bossed around in that department!

12:27 PM  
OpenID themousethelion said...

i don't have a copy of suite scarlett yet. i'm guessing it will take slightly longer to be available in australia. pick me! pick me!

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Ally said...

i would love one! my bookstore doesnt have them yet either..

5:00 PM  
Anonymous keziah said...

oh, i would love a copy of suite scarlett! :) i haven't read it yet, but it sounds great =]

5:06 PM  
Blogger Rylie said...

I don't have a copy of the book yet and would love one!

5:39 PM  
Anonymous katie said...

i would LOVE a copy of Suite Scarlett. after a very traumatic experience at the bookstore where they told me it wasn't it stock and i sat down in the YA section and cried big beluga tears.
okay not really. but i wasn't happy.
and having a copy would make me VERY happy. and a signed copy would make me VERY, VERY happy.

5:47 PM  
OpenID dreamsnake21 said...

hello! i would really like a copy of suite scarlett. i only started reading your blog a few days ago, and i was so amused i bought girl at sea. you have been added to my elite list of authors i will break genre for (i usually only read fantasy..)! after i finished it, i wanted to go out and immediatly and buy all your others.. but alas, i cannot drive due to eye surgery, and no one round here understands a book crisis!

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Becky S said...

i dont have a copy of suite scarlett yet and i would LOVE ONE!! the bookfair at my school was selling them!!! but my mom said i couldnt buy one because i have enough books :( she doesnt understand..

6:04 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I don't have a copy and I would LOVE one!!

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Lizzie said...

I want a copy! I have three bookstores within 5 blocks of my house (ie heaven) and but none of them has it in yet, and they are starting to look at me suspiciously every time I come in and stare mournfully at the Young Adult J's....

6:45 PM  
Blogger Jenn H. said...

"I was excited by this book and I was not disappointed. Filled with Johnson's quirky sense of humor and fabulous understanding of what it is like being a teenage girl, Suite Scarlett is a fun romp through hotel history and acting culture in New York City. The secondary characters and short articles about the hotel really make the book. I would love to see a continuation of the story, especially if Johnson would write a book for each of the other Martin siblings, fascinating in their own rights. And Mrs. Amberson nearly steals the show!"

You can view the whole review at http://oopswrongcookie.blogspot.com/ where myself and several other librarians blog about YA books.

I hate that I missed you at TLA, but my team did win the Book Cart Drill Team contest. Yeay, Bibliophiles!!!

7:14 PM  
Blogger Jenn H. said...

Thought I would do a separate comment for the book. I have read it already (obviously), but it was an ARC and I have passed it on to my fellow librarians. I would love to have a signed copy!!

7:15 PM  
Blogger katesutton90 said...

I would love love love an awesome totally fabulous suite scarlett book.

and in return for the book i promise that i would free aln rickman (i am afraid how and when is confidential but it would include pitch blackness, some rope, a nail file, a credit card, and some killer heels. oh and some show thrown in:)

8:29 PM  
Blogger emily said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE suite scarlett and would be SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY if you gave me a sleep mask!

Also, SPENCER IS MINE!!! I almost wish he wasn't Scarlett's brother, because he would, I think, beat out Parker in the "best character that involved a romantic relationship w. protag" oscar. And he would be such a good boyfriend for Scarlett! Oh, it's ok, he gets to be her brother. THANK YOU FOR CREATING HIM! He's my idol.

I really don't know about Eric. On one hand, he is really nice, but on the other, he did have a boyfriend, and he does not act like a good boyfriend to Scarlett. Hmmmmmmmm. I don't know. I think not.

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Bridget said...

ABBA museum? Totally taking a trip to Stockholm in 2009 now! Ohh, and I don't have a book, and would love to be entered into the drawing for one!

8:39 PM  
Anonymous HeatherMichelle said...

I would soooooooo love to get a copy of Suite Scarlett. I have no special reason except all my friends and I are too broke to go out and buy one and our public library doesn't have it. (Although we are currently working to fix this, as we are librarians ourselves.)

8:41 PM  
Blogger emily said...

Wait, did the post above count as a review? I hope so, but in case not, I'll write a real review. Feel free to ignore this if the post above did count as a review.

I read the ARC of Suite Scarlett in one sitting. It is an amazing book. It is hilarious and insane, but also really heartfelt. I could definitely identify really well with Scarlett, and her relationship with Eric is complex and true-to-life. I loved Spencer insanely, he was so funny and sweet! Your descriptions of a family were spot-on, down to the joking, teasing, and disappointment. I want to live in the Hopwell Hotel, and the descriptions were great. I also definitely want to meet Mrs. A, and hang out with her for a while.

In short, I loved everything about it.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I really really want to read Suite Scarlett!!!

"Basically, hummus is to me what hamsters are to Zac."
I think that is my new favorite quote.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Alyson Wonderland said...

As I last commented, I am still poor and therefore still do not have a copy of the book. I'd still like to read it. Also, I'll still buy you something from the dollar menu if you want.

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maureen! I loved Suite Scarlett, but I have a question. If Scarlett's family decides to convert the hotel into something more theatre based and put up a stage in the dining room, where will they feed the guests? Will they take down and set up the stage every day? (This seems like a lot of work if Scarlett had to pull an all nighter to take the stage down the last time) of will they build an addition/ change the acritechture (changing the authenticity)?

9:26 PM  
Anonymous xo-amoonzi said...

Hi Maureen! I would like a copy of the book because i havent been able to get a hold of one yet :( and i really want to read it!

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Rema said...

I would really like to read the book can I have a copy?

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i do not have a copy of suite scarlet and i'd like one...please?

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Kelsey said...

I do not yet have a copy or have read Suite Scarlett yet. I am dying to read it, I go to my library at least twice if not three times a week to check if its there and have visited my local book store twice to see when it will come. I'm afraid I might just have to wait until May 1st. Thanks!

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Lindsay said...

I don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett. And I don't have money. So... a free copy would be FANTASTIC =D

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Kayli said...

I don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett yet, so of course I would LOVE one! You are so great to do all these contests.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Lil said...

I don't have a copy and would LOVE one!!!

Can't wait to hear about the new contest coming May 1st!!!

10:52 PM  
Anonymous jk said...

suite scarlet was amazing the characters were awesome (loved spencer). The plot was interesting and i could not put it down.

11:05 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I don't have a copy and I NEED ONE!

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Cei Cei said...

i don't have a copy!

11:49 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Nina does not have a copy of Suite Scarlett. Alas! She has no money with which to buy one. She is so poor that she will soon be forced to sell her prized collection of ABBA paraphernalia. Nina will now stop speaking in the third person.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous caillie said...

Whoo Hoo! i am number 10! (i counted)

ok, so i basically i love this book! its my total fav. right up there with 13 L.B.E. i read it in one sitting, spacer is MINE! i love him, lol. i cannot wait for the next one!

11:57 PM  
OpenID ohholyhorcrux said...

I'm a poor college student and don't have the book! I'm entering my name for the random drawing!

By the way, Hummus... I'm glad you enjoy it as much as I do.

12:00 AM  
Blogger Shausto-la said...

your against skydiving?! but it sounds like the perfect suicide attmept!
and i dont have Suite Scarlett either, the book store lady has been rather a grouch lately and wont tell me when it comes in. So it would be fantastical to win.

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Caillie said...

o i hope that counted as a review. but if not here's a real one :)

Suite Scarlett is by far one of the best books written by young adult author, Maureen Johnson; second only to her third novel 13 Little Blue Envelops. Ms. Johnson successfully published a charming novel full of wit, drama, love, and rivalries. I personally cannot wait for the thus unnamed companion novel.

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Laurencita said...

I don't have Suite Scarlett yet because my Evil Canadian Bookstore refuses to stock it. Hiss. I'd like a signed copy, but don't give one to me because someone much funnier and/or nicer should get it.

But! The Footloose Burger is a guinea pig!! Not a hamster! So, for your Cuteness of the Year picture I present:
It currently resides on my desktop. Love the cuteness, MJ, LOVE THE CUTENESS! /hyper (Oh and sorry the url-thingie is google. It wouldn't work otherwise.)

12:50 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I have yet to acquire a copy of Suite Scarlett. I would like one.

Thank you!

12:57 AM  
Blogger Nine said...

Hi, my name is Aline and i'm from Brazil.

I really want read your books, I have looking for it at every library in here, but I didn't found anyone.

Do you have any estimates of when they arrive here?

I'm sorry about the mistakes of spelling or another mistakes, I'm not very good in english.

thank you.

1:00 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

I do not have a copy and i would absolutely love to have one!

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Miranda K. said...

I'd like to enter for the book contest, please!!! I don't yet have a copy, and would definitely like one...

1:05 AM  
Blogger Shrieky said...

I don't have a copy of Scarlett. I want one a lot. My soul will be in agony until I have one.

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Amber said...

I want Suite Scarlett! I haven't been able to get it yet! (not driving sucks, except for the whole not-hurting-the-environmet thing.) (Maybe mentioning "ABBA" will make me lucky?!)

1:27 AM  
Anonymous Karen said...

I think I'm number twelve, but I'm submitting a review anyway. Maybe I'll count because some of the reviews were like...

Suite Scarlett is a really good book! I couldn't put it down! Best one yet.

...and that doesn't show that you read it at all.

ANYWAY, I like sharing my love of Suite Scarlett even if I don't win a sleep mask.

Suite Scarlett is really enjoyable to read for a lot of reasons. I think it has the most Maureen-like humor than any other MJ books. The characters are all pretty well developed. Most of the characters are easy to like, except the obvious. Such as Marlene. I love Ms. Amberson and her crazy stunts. I can just imagine someone sitting out on the flower box ledge calling it a balcony. And I love all the theatery goodness. And the reoccuring Jenga jokes were the besssst!!!!

Yay! -Karen

1:34 AM  
Anonymous JK said...

Ok, so sorry about the probably really poor comment by me that is farther up, but I was in math class on my ipod when I posted that! I was finished with my assignment, and poking around online with my touch (ipod) when I decided to read your latest blog entry, and saw the contest. I was instaly like I NEED A MASK! SO I went to the bathroom, and hastily wrote a reveiw. Sorry about that,but here is my real one, which I left in teh comments in Let Me Enable You, the other blog post in which you asked for people's opinions on Scarlet:
Ok, I got Scarlet in the mail yesterday! And of course I imediately sat down to read it. Maureen, it was amazing. I can't wait for the next one. It was funny, and entertaining, and I couldn't stop reading until I got to the end. There is only one thing that bothers me. In your acknowledgments there is one part that goes like this: "And if you don't like this book, please blame them and pretend that I had nothing to do with it."
Maureen, do you seriously believe that someone could NOT like your book? (or any f your books for that matter) Well, if you do, then I must tell you, you are wrong. (not to be rude or anything)

1:35 AM  
Anonymous Hillary! said...

I would love a copy of Suite Scarlett because my 18th birthday is on the 8th and that will mean an offical end to my teen-ness. I would just like a really awesome goodbye present. Please!

1:39 AM  
Blogger Reese said...

Well, I have all of your books. (I don't actually have them all but I've read them all and I feel like it would be unfair if someone who hasn't read them didn't get one.) And I'm not in the top ten. But I still say that dedication was AMAZING.

1:43 AM  
Anonymous Beth said...

WOW. I just came across a comment in Entertainment Weekly, and in response to people's negative comments about ALAN RICKMAN's singing voice, they said "He might not be famous for his voice, but it's velvety and sexy in that Alan Rickman way." More proof of his (invisible to some) mojo.

1:57 AM  
OpenID trudeau1031 said...


xoxo Brittany

2:22 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I'm happy to see that the poisoned pretzels don't seem to have had any lasting effects... such as death, for example.

I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a copy of Suite Scarlett and do not have one yet!!

2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to have a copy of a signed Suite Scarlett! Obviously I haven't read it yet, but it sounds like it's one of the best ones you've written.

Sarah W.

2:32 AM  
Blogger Elainareads said...

HI I would LOVE a signed copy of Suite Scarlett!!! My lovely book store has a beautiful stack of your books in stock. However me very mean mother has refused to buy it for me "Elaina you have a stack of books you still need to read...blah blah" what she fails to understand is that you can never have too many good books.

So hopefully I can win a signed copy or I will have to start saving pennies or something lol. =D


2:34 AM  
Anonymous Chelsey said...

i haven't read it yet. because i preordered and apparently amazon is not with the "already released" program. suck.

:D i'd love one though!


2:39 AM  
Anonymous jellybean said...

I haven't read it yet, because the stores here in Canada still insist the book isn't out yet. My poor, backwards country.

3:16 AM  
Anonymous Haddy said...

i dont have one yet and i want one because i read your blog but its seems fairly ridiculouse that ive never read any of your books
sorry i spell bad

3:17 AM  
Anonymous Bdflmnptvvvv said...

I don't have a copy yet because bookstores here are weird, but I would so love a copy :D

3:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hay mj that is soo amazing that you put my comment up and shaylaluna came up to me in school today was all like we luv mj and im like whoa you said her name shes all she put ur comment up and im all ... soooo I came on ur sight after school like pronto and wuz all dang she did usually Im like a nobody(hehe shay should get this) and like important people dont pay atention to me unless im singing but thats a different story my other reaction was wow I suck at spelling but u know thats the way life goes any who I would love a signed copy of the book but my mom probably isn't going to let me enter and please forgive us for the whole voldimort thing ( gee is that spelled right)
karozo luvz u more then ever :):):):)
yay smile faces

3:53 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I don't have a copy yet, and I'd like one!

Also, ABBA's got some sweet outfits. . . I'm inspired to do great things now!

4:16 AM  
OpenID orangeokapi13 said...

I don't have a Suite Scarlett yet (because the bookstores in my town are so limited!!) but I would love a copy! I really want to read it.

4:27 AM  
Anonymous moosealexa said...

i dont has a copy!!!!!!!!!!! puedes ayudame? i'll give you a cookie and throw in a free weenie dog? tempting, isnt it

4:33 AM  
Anonymous stephanie said...

i want suite scarlett

4:56 AM  
Anonymous 09415williams said...

I loved the book. I thought you wrote all of their characters really well. They all had very unique identities and ways of speaking. Even if you hadn't written "said..." next to the quotes I would have been able to guess who was saying it based on their diction and tone. I really liked the part of the book about Marlene and her cancer-story. It was only a side story, but it provided a really well rounded plot, the larger one involving Scarlett was the main story, but the side plots about the family made it that much more realistic.

I also liked how you compared Scarlett's sister to the blonde from ABBA, it was so you.

I'd love a sleeping mask!

5:32 AM  
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5:45 AM  
Anonymous Caitlyn said...

I don't have a copy yet and I desperately want one! I'm starting a job soon, but as of now, I am broke and my friend's pretty, pretty copy is absolutely tantalizing.

And it was AMAZING. I have always been partial to The Bermudez Triangle, but Suite Scarlett has definitely bumped it from its coveted spot of favorite. It was just so...you. I felt like I was just reading a particularly long and crazy blog entry, which led to no end of entertainment.

I doubt that I'm one of the first ten, but it's worth a shot.

5:45 AM  
Anonymous Hannah said...

Hi! I do not have a copy of your book (is it out in Australia?) and i would really like one.

5:57 AM  
Blogger Tess said...

I do not have the book and I would like it. Unfortunately I have not heard of a gift registry at a book store, or I would have insisted my fiance let me do that in addition to Bed Bath and Beyond, where we registered last Sunday. (When we buy a house and need housewarming presents I will insist on Ikea, but we don't need much furniture right now, just mostly kitchen items.) Anyway, since I cannot get it free by registry, and I have to save money for the wedding next summer, I would love to get a free copy from you.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Lexi Lou said...

Honestly, who jumps out of a plane? But if your chute doesn't open, and your reserve chute doesn't open, you don't have to worry about how long you have until you hit the ground. It will only be until the end of your life.

Anyways, I do not have a Scarlett and would like one very muchly. Love your writing.

6:47 AM  
OpenID imdamuffinman27 said...

I don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett yet, but I would very much like to have one. My local "bookstore" has about 10 YA book, all of which I've read. And they refuse to special order Suite Scarlett for me because "it hasn't been released yet" I assured them that the author told me it was, but they just told me to stop holding up the line. Should I recieve a copy from you, I'm pretty sure I'll go back to the store and show it to them, so that they might order some copies for the other poor souls that live here in the middle of nowhere. That's right, I will use my copy of Suite Scarlett to help spread the Scarlett-ness throughout my whole town. Also, you know, I kind of really want to read it.

7:17 AM  
Anonymous The Vespator said...

uh...I don't have a copy of the book yet!!!!! I want one! I kind of went over my monthly spending limit for books a couple days before Suite Scarlett was released EARLY (ah! I so wasn't prepared) and couldn't/can't get it. So I would greatly appreciate winning the book. I know none of this is helping, though, because you will pick at random...but whatever.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

Oh, I would love a copy of Suite Scarlett!

8:08 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

i don't have a copy. and i want one.

and also I will take spencer for my husband, if darling drew brigham won't ask me out. if you're reading this, drew, ASK ME OUT!!!

8:33 AM  
Blogger Kimber Alice said...

I am extremely happy to hear that you have recovered from the pretzel poisoning incident.
That said, I do not have a copy of Suite Scarlett in my greedy little hands, because I live in Juneau, Alaska, a.k.a. "Two-months-later-land", because everything that happens here (such as the release of a book you've been looking forward to for quite a long time), happens two months later than it does everywhere else. Plus, an AUTOGRAPHED copy would be rather like a dream come true... So, to conclude, I would like very much to be entered to win one of ten, super-special autographed copies of Suite Scarlett!

10:28 AM  
Anonymous persephone said...

okay mj, here's the deal: I live in Australia (land of the kangaroos, land where everything gets released here LAST) and so Suite Scarlett ISN'T RELEASED HERE YET. I know, travesty. You know what this means, right? It means I have not gotten my hands on your book. DOUBLE TRAVESTY.

It would be awesome if your little randomised competition stretched to Australia, because then I could def. win it. For real.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maureen, I do not have a copy of Suite Scarlet let. I spent all my book money to go on a feild trip to see Mamma Mia. So I can't get the book I must wait until I get more money, which may take some time. And as I am the offical book person/libary for my whole group the day after i get it and finish it Scarlet will make her way into the hands of all my friends. So really if you pick me not only shall I get a copy but all my friends will see it and have to get it. And than word of you and Suite Scarlet being out will spred all though out the area.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

I must admit I am one of the hopeless that do not have a book :(
I'm one of those people that has to spend all her money on presents for her coach because it is the coach's last year. And her team is basically non-exsistant when it comes to the donating and generosity department. Also she is so nice she is still going to let her other teamates sign the card for the gifts. But it elates her to think this is the last year! The last time ever! :)

7:53 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I don't have Suite Scarlett! I'm a broke teenager whose parents are fed up with her tendency to 'blow' so much money on those... *books* (condescending look follows, like, 'What on Earth could she possibly want with those things?')

I tried to explain to them how entirely necessary this particular book is to both my mental and physical well-being, but they just shook their borderline-illiterate heads. Like they haven't heard *that one* before.

But I really mean it this time! So please enter me in the contest. :D

9:31 PM  
Blogger addie said...

Oh darn, i should have left a question last time!
I have to say, Skydiving = terrifying plus fun.
I would do it :-)
Also, I do not yet have a copy of Suite Scarlett and would absolutely love to have a copy.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Hillary said...

I don't have a copy yet! I totally want one...I hope I win...

10:38 PM  
Blogger Juanita said...

I don't have a copy yet either! Unfortunately my stupid bills have to be paid before I can do any book-buying, and my trusty library is failing me at the moment.

11:05 PM  
Blogger Bria said...

I don't have a copy because i'm poor. i would really like a copy. I llllllllllllove your other books.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not have a copy of Suite Scarlett yet, and I want one so bad!

Also, i love all your other books. And reading in general.

12:52 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I do not have a copy of SUITE SCARLETT!

So please, please, draw my name!!! I really want to read it, and I am kinda sorta broke at the moment. =/


1:38 AM  
Anonymous Emily said...

I don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett! I'm really looking forward to reading it...I'm just haven't been able to get a copy though. So pleeease pick my name. =)

2:11 AM  
Blogger courtneylynne said...

I haven't read Suite Scarlett yet, because the librarians haven't bought it! I would love a copy =]

2:17 AM  
Blogger rhymes with schmegan said...




5:00 AM  
Anonymous Sarah M said...

Hi Maureen,

I don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett, and I would love one! I don't have a creative reason for you though. However, I have been in love with New York City for the past 10 years, and I am very excited to read a YA book that takes place in NYC. Especially because it is written by you, so I already know that it will be amazing! Someday I will live in New York; I just have to work up the courage to make it happen.

PS - When I saw the picture of the guinea pig captioned "Footloose Burger", I laughed for a very long time. Thanks for making me laugh as always!

Sarah M

5:31 AM  
Blogger Sarahbear9789 said...

I don't have Suite Scarlet, yet... I will get it soon. A signed copy would be so awesome. Can't wait to see what is on May 1st. =)
Thanks, Sarah.

5:45 AM  
Blogger Summer said...

I would also really love to visit that ABBA museum, but I will not be in Stockholm.

6:04 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I dont have a Suite Scarlett yet...I've only read Devilish and haven't been able to get a hold of any other ones...But funny story about Devilish, I brought it in to read backstage during our class play, and over three days, four people besides me randomly picked it up, read it and loved it. Two of which were guys making fun of me for reading a chick flick. You are that amazing.

6:19 AM  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

I haven't read Suite Scarlett yet, and would love to win a copy!! :D

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Danica said...

So obviously at least ten people have left a review, and I don't qualify to get a sleep mask (SLEEP MASK!!!!) so...
Congrats for...being...awesome?

That Footloose burger looks delish (not), especially considering it's not a hamster at all...

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What do you think of JK's court case? Have you supported her in this?

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Elaine said...

I don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett yet. *sniff* And I would like to have one. ^_^


8:36 AM  
Anonymous raelyn said...

mj! my library does not have suite scarlett, and i don't live somewhere with a book store! i would very much appreciate a free copy ^.^

9:03 AM  
Blogger Breanna said...

Great post. I love it when authors answer questions.

I don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett, I'd definitely like one! Please include me in the drawing. =)

9:07 AM  
Blogger limeywesty said...

I don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett yet, and haven't red it- yet, other than the first chapter (thanks insideadog!)

But, I would love one.
Muchly so.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous JK said...

sorry for posting, um three times, and I know this is kind of off topic, and everything, but have you ever gone to see Mama Mia, broadway musical? Isn't it based on all of the songs by ABBA or something like that?

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Nicki said...

Hey! I'd love a copy.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Steffi said...

Dude! I don't have a copy and I want one. plllllllllllllllllease.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous aud said...

Maureen, I would love a copy of Scarlett, seeing as my mother will not fork over the cash to buy it for me and I am completely broke. :)

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truthfully, how often do you have a grandmother post a comment on your site? Well, this (published -- 17 nonfiction books and counting, thank you very much!) writer-grandmother reads your blog faithfully and loves it!

I could write a review about those 13 envelopes, but despite my love of Ya Fiction (it keeps me young), I haven't yet read Suite Scarlett.

Keep staying INSIDE airplanes so you can keep writing!

Here's praying that the random drawing gods look kindly on me soon. ;)

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I do not yet own a copy of suite scarlett and would very much like to win one!

12:32 AM  
Blogger Krissi said...

Oh my, so many posts!

I would LOVE to win a Suite Scarlett. Otherwise I'm not quite sure when I can get one (university looms closer with all of its fees!), so here's hoping!

12:56 AM  
Blogger balexa said...

I havn't gotten a copy of Suite Scarlett yet and the anticipation is KILLING me!!!I would love to win one!

4:20 AM  
Anonymous ally said...

Dear Maureen.
I don't hae a copy of the book yet, and i would MOST definitely like one!
So go ahead and pick me at random, please! :)

4:41 AM  
Anonymous Nuwon Wearspants said...

I don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett and I would like one. I have the card you signed for me sitting on my entertainment system but no actual book. =( I am very broke.

5:12 AM  
Anonymous Allyb said...

Oh theres two Ally's. I'm Ally B. from the comment in the begining from "Ally".. Is there a reason why Mrs. A reminds me of JK?

7:51 AM  
OpenID edarra said...

I'd really love a copy (especially a signed one!!) of Suite Scarlett.

Also, the first two letters of my word verification thing to leave a comment are mj. Therefore, this is a sign.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Karina J said...

I do not have a copy of SUITE SCARLETT yet because I live in Australia, where like the UK, your books will occasionally mysteriously appear in book shops. And always only after I given up on finding it and ordered it from overseas.

Please save me the trouble of checking every book store in Sydney :)

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Erin said...

I don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett yet and I would absolutely adore it if I got one...kthxbai

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Erin W said...

Alright, I just realized that there is more than one Erin that has commented this, so I (the Erin from the comment above) will hereby be known as Erin W. mostly because my last initial is a W...and I still want the book...okay

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Cortney said...

MJ, I would absolutely adore a copy of Sweet Scarlett. I love your books, but apparently NONE of the libraries around here do, because I can never find any of your books at them. Ah well, I will have to collect your books myself and let people borrow them from me!!

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

I am ashamed to say that I have yet to receive a copy of Suite Scarlett, though I would love to.

1:56 AM  
Anonymous Jackie said...

I would like a copy of Suite Scarlet, because i love your books and i realy want one and i haven't got one yet!!! So could you pleeeeeeeeease send me one!!!

3:58 AM  
Blogger Kayla said...

I would love to win Suite Scarlett! Please and thank you!

4:11 AM  
Blogger Jalehlabad said...

I don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett but I really want one.

4:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your fantastic imagination! I bought 13 Little Blue Envelopes before I read it and I was so glad! I do not have a copy of Suite Scarlett, but would love one!

5:07 AM  
OpenID bellacaterina said...

I am sad to say that I do not have a copy of Suite Scarlett, but it would make me ecstatic to have one. I want to read it, but I don't have enough money to go buy it right now.

5:23 AM  
Anonymous danielle said...

I don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett yet, but I desperately want one.

7:38 AM  
Blogger softindierocker said...

I wish I had read it! (But I haven’t) Not only does my bookstore not have it but I think my whole country doesn’t have it yet. =) (You know New Zealand: sheep, Lord of the Rings, Flight of the Conchords!) As a country NZ seems to be particularly slow at picking up YA books, which is very sad. I’ve read all of your other books (and LOVED them), and I also read the awesome reviews on Amazon and other people’s blogs. I have to say that Suite Scarlett sounds AMAZING! Thanks so much for the contest! =D

9:31 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

I want Suite Scarlett so bad! I can't buy it though because I'm kind of broke right now...;( And my mother won't buy me books either. She's mean like that. I hope I win!

4:30 PM  
OpenID kuki-skoldpadda said...

Oh!... I wants Sweet Scarlett, and it isn't just desperation cause I've read and re-read every book i own, and I don't have any money to buy more ... *Prays to the random choice Gods* ... Pickmepickmepickmepickeme!!!

7:03 PM  
Anonymous ChristyP said...

I really want a copy of suite scarlett, and so far every book store i've been to hasn't had it out yet :o(

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Kiersten said...

I am a complete bibliophile. My family and friends know this (and everyone else who I may have run into and/or tripped over while reading instead of watching where I was going. I think my health teacher will hate me forever now.) Because of this, for my 16th birthday (which was yesterday!!!!!) I got a grand total of $75 in gift cards to book stores. I ran (or got my dad to drive me) to the book store to get Suite Scarlett because no one else was assertive enough to tell those Borders people that your book was in fact out. I onthe other hand have no problems with being assertive. I rather enjoy it. But alas no Suite Scarlett for me. I made do with Jane Eyre, Fight Club, The Princess Bride, and Pride and Prejeduce. That Mr. Rochester is infuriating and yet I just can't hate him. >.< I really hope you pick me to get Suite Scarlett! Happy Earth Day!

3:00 AM  
Anonymous Winona Leon said...

Oh, darling Maureen Johnson, I don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett, and I've had to resort till I get paid (2 weeks) till I am able to go out and buy it. Ice cream scooping these days...I would love a copy, and also to be at such a grand Abba party! EEE.

4:08 AM  
Blogger maya said...

i do not currently own a copy of suit scarlett although it is on the top of my list of books i am dying to get (and i just happen to be short on money) so if i won it that would be amazing! thank you!!

P.S. Just to let you know you are one of my favorite authors, and 13 little blue envelopes is one of my favorite books along with girl at sea!

8:24 AM  
OpenID The penguin ruler said...

Oh, I would LOVE to get a copy of Suite Scarlett.
Ezpecially since I really con't find it in Sweden for atleast another (many, many, many) months. [A hint? How outrageous!]
And since I do live in Stockholm I will go to the museum. Probably not the opening day, because when swedish people find new things to do with ABBA they go hysterical. Including me.
Maybe I SHOULD go then, anyway. I might be fun xD
And it's only 406 six day left now XD

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Bree said...

Hey MJ, I would lovelovelove a copy of Suite Scarlett since I haven't been able to find a copy of it yet. I'm sure it is fantastic reading material, and if I win the book and end up reading it non-stop and I end up missing "The Office" on Thursday...

Well, that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Tristamente, I do not yet have a copy of Suite Scarlett.

This is one of those rare times when infrequent blog updates work in my favor, haha.

1:31 AM  
Anonymous Aella Siofra said...

I don't have a copy yet and I would love to have one. Please enter me in the drawing!

No offense meant on the Abba question. (Wait. A MUSEUM? Do I get to go to that?). They had great fashion sense.

*Aella Siofra*

2:17 AM  
Anonymous Naru said...

I don't have one and I would love a copy of Suite Scarlett!

11:01 AM  
Blogger ari :o) said...

My parents have banned me from Borders and any other place with books *sob*, so can you see my dilemma? No bookstore=No SUITE SCARLETT=me very very sad. Please help. I love your books and am in desperate need for some literature! Please enter me in the random-drawing-thing-ee!

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Melody/Penguin said...


2:31 AM  
Anonymous Genevieve said...

Maureen, I do not yet have a copy of Suite Scarlett, and would love to have a signed copy, whether or not it has any zombies in it!

3:03 AM  
Anonymous kiersten said...

I need a copy of Suite Scarlett!
Will you being going on tour for it? My cousin is reading Develish right now. She goes to the high school you went to and found out it was very loosely based on your high school experience from a friend. She loves it so far. :)

4:19 AM  
Anonymous Haley said...

I don't have a copy of Suite Scarlett, but I would love to get one. Thanks!

4:29 AM  
Anonymous EllenBelinn said...

Hey MJ!

I, EllenBelinn, have been a faithful blog-reader and book-reader of the fabulous Maureen Johnson for quite some time now. I missed the Scarlett's Eleven contest and was very sad! Anyways, I HAVE read Suite Scarlett. And I'd like to say it was AWESOME.

I know this may be something that EVERYONE else is saying too, (which is a very, very good thing) but I really enjoyed reading Suite Scarlett. I liked the idea that Scarlett and her family were quite broke and lived in a dying hotel. It made it all seem real to me. And of course, you have thrown in some hilarious, random, extremely irrevelant (but still fantastic) lines along the way. This book was one of your best so far.

I also could relate to Scarlett very well. I have an older brother who is protective and that I can really relate to, quite like Scarlett and Spencer. I also have a mischevious, frankly annoying little brother as well, maybe not as rude as Marlene but still annoying, and I found that I could relate to Scarlett on that level.

Eric wasn't my favourite character. He was okay, but I liked that the and Scarlett had problems and weren't just perfect together. I like Keith and Aidan better, though.

I really enjoyed Suite Scarlett, and would love to recieve a sleeping mask! Thanks for being such a wonderful writer!

4:51 AM  
Anonymous KrazyKatie said...

About skydiving: I would probably pee my pants before even leaving the plane!
About Suite Scarlett: Please! I am VERY low on money right now, love your book, and hope to be an author. I sooooooooooo want it!

6:47 AM  
Blogger Little Willow said...

Instead of eating hamsters, people ought to watch hamsters eat.

3:47 AM  
Anonymous jaclyn said...

I do not have a copy yet. I have searched all the bookstores near me and have not been able to find one. I would love a copy!!

1:21 AM  

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