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Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here | Anna Breslaw
"A sparkling, unabashedly feminist debut." Kirkus Reviews,Starred Review"A perfect match for fans of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl." BooklistCross Veronica Mars with MTV's Daria, and youll get Scarlett Epstein, the snarky, judgmental, and often hilarious star of Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here, a witty and heartwarming novel thats perfect for fans of David Arnolds Mosquitolandand Kody Keplingers The Duff. 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 pot-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor. When Scarletts 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 arent the swoon-worthy stars of her fave seriestheyre the real-life kids from her high school.Scarlett never considers what might happen if they were to find out what she truly thinks about them...until a dramatic series of events exposes a very different reality than Scarlett's stories, forever transforming her approach to relationshipsboth online and off.From the Hardcover edition.
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blondie
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This was a super cute and funny read. I'm glad I found it for a dollar. It pulled me out of my reading slump. 🖤

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blondie
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I'm finally getting into my current read. This might help me out of my reading slump. (I hope.)
Also, I haven't posted a picture of Happy in a long time. :)

sloanghost I used to work with an Eastern diamondback named Happy whose name was EXTREMELY ironic 2y
TheBookKeepers Omg so cute!!!!! 1y
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andrelei
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Hauled earlier. Seems like my batting average per booksale so far is 5. 😅 But I‘m real giddy about finding #scarlettepsteinhatesithere (otherwise known as the book that had me crying at 3 in the morning) in hardback 🎉🤩😭 and because #mytbrlistisnotlongenough just neverending, more titles! #hahahuhu #bookgeekery 🤓📚#nbswarehousesale

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PictureandBook
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Tl/dr: Fan fiction writer finds love and heart ache.

Good:
Funny turns of phrase
Some surprises in situations
Well-drawn main character

Bad:
Feels a little derivative of Fan Girl

Enjoyable, fast, light story with a strong female main character.

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RavenNight
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Finally getting some much needed reading in #scarlettepsteinhatesithere #ya #contemporary #annabreslaw

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Sara_Planz
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Mehso-so

This book felt a bit scattered and disjointed to me. I just couldn‘t get into it as much as I would have liked.

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Sara_Planz
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Light and fluffy as we start the rebuilding of our home. Today, cabinetry for the kitchen and baths.

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MSzyd
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Day 178: "Sometimes my entire high school experience feels like being the only one who already knows the end of a movie..." #shoes by #chaseandchloe from #modcloth

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ReadingSusan
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Mehso-so

Fun but also serious YA novel. It was a little too like Fangirl for me though. But the snacks are first rate!! #readathon

AliBG Yeah I wasn't thrilled with this one either....but I LOVED the honesty about the darker side of fandom. 3y
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ReadingSusan
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Ok y'all have to help me cull down this pile for the #readathon 😂 Have you read any of these? Thoughts?

LiteraryinLititz I saw Jason Reynolds speak at a conference this year and thought he was so interesting. I bought All American Boys but haven't read it yet either. 3y
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ReadingSusan @LiteraryinLititz @MarriedtoMrT that is a definite must read! 3y
ferskner LaRose is really good! 3y
BookFreakOut Crooked Kingdoooooom!!!! 3y
shanaqui I always have a huge pile to keep my options open! 3y
JacintaMCarter LaRose and All American Boys are both great. 3y
AmyG I only read LaRose and enjoyed it. 3y
AliBG All American Boys!!! (Really anything by Jason Reynolds) and my students LOVE Crooked Kingdom. 3y
Literaryunicorn The Magician King!! I love Lev Grossman and those books are so amazing and so is the series!!! 3y
4thhouseontheleft LaRose is excellent, but intense. I probably wouldn't read it for #readathon 3y
ReadingSusan @Hehaney I can't wait to read it! 3y
ReadingSusan @Literaryunicorn I loved the first one! 3y
Beachesnbooks Gemina would be a great readathon book! 3y
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hes7
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Spring has felt absent the past few days, but fortunately, the sun is out today and this lingering bit of snow (which matches my current read) will soon be gone. #AprilBookShowers #LitsyReadingChallenge #MoubtTBR

DeleteAcct I love your shoes! 3y
Zelma Agree with @Rachbb3 ; your shoes are very cheerful and spring-like! 3y
BarbaraJean I was just going to make the same comment about your shoes. 😊 3y
RealLifeReading Cute shoes! 3y
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hes7
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A few green books from my #TBR. #MarchIntoReading

Michelle_mck I just picked up the language of flowers after hearing about it on a podcast / looking forward to reading it 3y
Donna_sBookMinute I had "The Language of a Flowers" in my #greencovers layout but removed it. There is more on the spine. Great choices. 3y
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gossamerchild
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Apparently I didn't have many debut reads last year. I would have to say this was the #bestdebut of 2016. A pleasant surprise, as I'm not a huge fan of contemporary YA. #feistyfeb @RealLifeReading

RealLifeReading Me too. So now I'm actually kinda curious about the book! 3y
gossamerchild @RealLifeReading it's pretty fun. I highly enjoyed it! 3y
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MatildaBaggins
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Good morning! Here's my #rainbowstack for #24in48!! (I realized I did it upside down as I started putting them away, and I am way too tired for a redo 😂😂)

britt_brooke Nice! 🌈 3y
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maximoffs
Mehso-so

I don't know that there was anything specifically WRONG with this book. It was a nice palate cleanser and an easy read. I just didn't feel connected to any of the characters. It's something I would have adored in high school and it follows a stereotypical YA formula. I also don't read fic inside books so that kind of sucked when it came to this book.

MarriedtoMrT Same. No emotional investment. 3y
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maximoffs

I like books about fanfic. I don't like the actual fanfic. A struggle with this book

Megabooks I put it down. 3y
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Kaylamburson
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Well came home to find this mess tonight. My bookshelf finally cracked under the pressure of too many books... #shelfie #bookhoarder

Louise Congratulations! LOL And sorry for your shelf loss. 💙📚 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Oh noes! I've been there before. 3y
Kaylamburson I think I just didn't put it together right, so I've been waiting for this day for over a year now. I'm just happy my lamp survived and all the books are intact! @TheWellReadOwl @Louise @CherylDeFranceschi 3y
Linsy Oh no!! 3y
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MarriedtoMrT
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"It's been bothering me more and more that I can't ever see anything objectively, that every observation I make is filtered through my personal lens whether I like it or not."

This quote really struck me in light of the current election season and a conference session I just attended on our unconscious biases. It can be really difficult to see beyond our own experience but it is necessary in order to truly empathize.

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MarriedtoMrT
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"The best parts in life aren't clear-cut or obvious--they don't have neat endings. I know it's you're inclination to skip to the end, but you can't just focus on how it's all gonna turn out."

Despite my lukewarm feelings for this book overall, it had some awesome, thoughtful quotes.

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BookishClaire
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The cultural references in this book are on point.

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BookishClaire
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I knew I was going to like this book!

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MarriedtoMrT
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Mehso-so

Hmm. So, I didn't love it. There have been so many standout contemporaries this year and I expected this to be at the top of my list but *shrugs*.

It is still a solid contemporary and it touches on diversity and it has some really positive themes and coming-of-age soul-searching and realizations but ultimately I just didn't feel emotionally invested.

moranadatter I had a similar experience with this one. I liked it, but it didn't stand out. 3y
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MarriedtoMrT
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I did it! I finished both Scarlett and Blue Lily, Lily Blue. #HelloOctober

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MarriedtoMrT
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My goal is to finish this by the end of the day. I'm liking it. I'm not loving it. #HelloOctober 🍁 #catsoflitsy

Eyelit 😻😻 3y
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MarriedtoMrT
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Why can't I get this in any e-format from my library? Not available on any of our platforms and I need a pocket version right now.

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ampersunder
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Saturday morning reading. Novels about fan fiction writers are too few and far between. They make me miss my Sailor Moon and Pride & Prejudice fic writing days.

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youngadultescent
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Really good at describing grief and also good at jokes. 👍

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Bette
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Some book spine poetry during #biblioweekend. Halfway through Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here. 😀

BekahB Oohhh nice! I love cat cameos in Listy posts! 😸. The Prisoner of Hell Gate is on my TBR. 3y
Zelma Great job with the poetry. 👍 3y
Bette @Zelma thanks! 😊 3y
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crystalcestari
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"The best parts of life aren't clear-cut or obvious; they don't have neat endings. I know it's your inclination to skip to the end, but you can't just focus on how it's all gonna turn out."

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mischa
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I really wanna be Ruth when I grow up. Except for the pot-smoking part. But she was hands-down my fave character in this book.

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kchace
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"... Moaning Myrtle of the ladies' bathroom.." Always love a Harry Potter reference!! ❤️

MatildaBaggins Haha I liked that book a lot, so funny 3y
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kchace
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Starting book 3!! #24in48 #readathon

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Bakingbookworm
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Bailedbailed

Read almost half of this book but it just wasn't for me. Loved the humour towards the beginning. The quips and attitude but the Fan Fic part wasn't my fav. Loved Scarlett's voice but not the plot.

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LivtheLibrarian
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Mehso-so

I actually liked the side characters better than I did the main character, but honestly, that's something I can really appreciate in a book. Not normally something I would read, but I figured I paid for it, I might as well. Fairly good middle grade/YA read.

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bookishbunny
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Scarlett is very much like the high school version of me (right down to growing up in a crappy NJ town), although she can be a smartass and I tried to blend into the cinder block walls. It's a shame that there weren't more books about HS misfits in the 80s (at least we had John Hughes films).

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alisonrose
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A very enjoyable YA read - I really appreciate that the author writes dialogue the way young people actually speak, and I liked that the emotions weren't OVERWROUGHT to the absurd degree that some writers make them. The overlap of the book and the main character's fanfic was well done too. 4/5 ⭐️

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libraryfangirly
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Beautiful day for some snarky backyard reading

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alisonrose
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And so, let's move on to something hopefully much more enjoyable!

Chessa I really enjoyed this one! 3y
alisonrose @Chessa I'm loving it! Really funny 😊 3y
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lewarren15
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"You want some bourbon?"
"I'm fifteen."
"What's your point?"

And this is all after Scarlett helps her 71-year-old pothead neighbor figure out how to emoji-flirt.

The things that make me laugh post-midnight...

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JenD1
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Just added this to my summer reading list. I've heard great things about Scarlett!

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Niks_Nook
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Guess my dog isn't such a big fan of Scarlett either! 😂

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TeaStories
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Pickpick

This needs to be on everyone's summer reading list! It's a funny, yet smart read. Scarlett Epstein is for anyone who has ever felt unsure of how they fit in this world. It also urges readers to be true to themselves, while embracing others for who they choose to be 💕

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Caralen
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Attitude before reading: Yay! More visibility for fanfic culture!
After: Ugh. When the MC used IRL names in her fic, even though she's supposed to be one of the best in her fandom....yikes. Unsurprisingly, a deus ex machina. She lost me.
Read Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. She gets it.

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TeaStories
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While there should be precautions when using social media, I believe message boards gave me freedom when I was in high school. Riddled with anxiety about being different, I felt very safe connecting with others in my fandoms. It was the one place I could be myself.

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JennandTheCats

"It was a long time ago now. And it was yesterday."

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MatildaBaggins
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I enjoyed this one quite a bit! It was very funny, but also tackled deeper issues. I loved Scarlett's relationship with Ruth. Overall, great read 😊👍🏼

brendanmleonard You've sold me on this! 4y
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MatildaBaggins

I'm about halfway through and Ashley reminds me so much of Tris from Nick and Norah 😮😂

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MatildaBaggins
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Who doesn't love Coach Taylor?! 😍😂

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MatildaBaggins
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Taking a short break from A Storm of Swords to read one of my Uppercase Box books! This sounds fantastic and I've put it off long enough 😜