Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here
(Razorbill/Penguin Random House)
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Cross Veronica Mars with MTV’s Daria, and you’ll get Scarlett Epstein, the snarky, judgmental, and often hilarious star of Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here, a witty and heartwarming novel that’s perfect for fans of David Arnold’s Mosquitoland and Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
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 shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her weed-smoking 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.
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 relationships—both online and off.
A Chicago Public Library pick for Best Teen Fiction of 2016
"A sparkling, unabashedly feminist debut.” —Kirkus (starred review)
"Absolutely delightful... the kind of book you'll be reading for an hour before you realize you've been grinning the whole time."
“Smart and witty, laced with snarky pop-culture references and crackling one-liners à la Gilmore Girls.” —Publishers Weekly
"Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl meets Harriet the Spy in this coming-of-age tale filled with emotional resonance." —TeenVogue.com
“Super-realistic and laugh-out-loud funny… By the time you're done, you seriously might grab your cell to text Scarlett and then feel bummed when you remember she's a fictional character.” —Seventeen
"Scarlett is very funny, and her first-person narration is full of snappy literary and cultural references that will endear her to readers. But Breslaw doesn’t allow her heroine to hide behind her wit. Eventually, Scarlett begins to truly see the pain and beauty of reality." —Booklist
“Breslaw’s humor is biting, vicious, and laugh-into-the-page funny….[a] pitch-perfect teen tale.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“Scarlett is self-aware and mouthy, snarkily alert to the class divide in her suburban New Jersey town.” —The New York Times
"There's an echo of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl in Anna Breslaw's feminist, fan-culture story... and there's a little bit of Veronica Mars in our titular heroine Scarlett Epstein." —Bustle
"Fans of character-driven stories, members of fandoms, and teens who live on Tumblr will devour this immensely readable and hilarious story." —Voya
“A very funny, very smart, very real story that works on every level. Scarlett Epstein is the hardest kind of character to pull off: someone at once heart-stirringly familiar and totally unique. Anna Breslaw has a beautifully calibrated ear for how people talk, type, and think.”
—Jesse Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
“Laughs, pop culture, and heart: Welcome to Anna Breslaw’s world. You’ll love it here.”
—DC Pierson, author of Crap Kingdom and The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To
“Scarlett Epstein is so funny and smart it makes me wish I were her when I was a dorky Jewish teen.”
—Megan Amram, author of Science…For Her!
“Fresh, raw, immediate and true. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here feels so hip and now and yet somehow echoes back to Judy Blume... It’s also laugh-through-your-tears funny.”
—Wendy Wunder, author of The Probability of Miracles and The Museum of Intangible Things
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