Book Review: Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

Scarlett hates it here and so do i. I hate the way i ended up in a maze trying to figure a way out. The book is just a maze with no clear exit strategy

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw
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Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

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…

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw- RWAT take

If you pay attention to the synopsis of the book, it more or less promises a central character that would be snarky, witty, sharp and basically fun. What you get in turn in the book is a clueless and whining teenager.


The basic trouble with the book is that it lacks structure. Books like Scarlett Epstein are supposed to show you a problem and the way to deal with it and not to create more problems. The book mixes in a lot of things and making it all the more confusing. Pages after Pages, you would see the central character trying to be sarcastic but failing at it miserably.

The language is absolutely doing nothing to support the book. In fact the colloquial or “Trying too hard to be a teen lingo” makes it even more unbearable to piece together as to what the whole book is about.


The book fails to paint the purpose of the book. As you keep reading you have no idea as to what the main plotline of the book could be. All it appears is to be page after page of rants and that too unnecessary rants.


As such you are confused about everything in the book, and the author decides to share another sub plot adding more to the chaos.


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Next could be a Possible spoiler so be cautious:


As you may have noticed in the synopsis, our central character is depressed over the ending of her favourite show, Lycanthrope. This is a fictitious show perhaps used as a tool by the author to add layer to our main character. So through the help of our central character, our author incorporates snippets of a fan fiction based on Lycanthrope. Now you may ask why is that such a big deal that i have to mention it in the review. Two reasons.


First of all, what is Lycanthrope? We as a reader know nothing about the show or the characters in the show so how do you expect us to understand or enjoy a fanfiction based on the show?  Secondly, what has the fan fiction got to do anything with the main story plot which is already down the drains bleeding to death?

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Book clearly didnt come out of a proper planning and execution because it lacks a core story or purpose. There is no structure to it as eighty percent of the book is simple rantings with no reasons and rest of the book is last moment insertions of possible sub plots but totally underdeveloped. There are too many ideas and none worked deeply enough to stick through.

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