Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Book Review-Red by Alison Cherry

 Author: Alison Cherry
Series:  N/A
Published: 2 January 2014 by Quercus
Length: 320 pages
Source:  publishers 

Summary :
Top student. Beauty queen. Girlfriend of the hottest football jock: Felicity's got everything. And it's all down to her red, red hair.
Felicity lives in Scarletville, the world's only redhead sanctuary, where red hair is celebrated, protected - and the key to sucess.
But Felicity has a secret. A red hot secret. And if anyone finds out, she's finished.
Because Felicity's actually a natural blonde.
And in Scarletville, blondes need not apply.

Review: In Scarlettville, red hair is  prized. If you have redhair, you'll win beauty pagents, be wildly successful and have a good life. Felicity has been enjoyting this, and is going for the title of Miss Scarlet. But she can only do this if she can keep her secret: she's naturally strawberry blonde and gets her red from a secret  salon. 
When I read the summary for Red, I was hoping  for a critique on the way that society judges people on appearance, race, general unfounded discriminaton, viewed through the lens of a reversed society. I didn't get this as much as it could have been, which was a  little sad, because there could have been a really good message going through this, instead of just at the end.
Felicity is really shallow, and i'm not sure whehter that's more to her mother's influence or herself. She's not that bright, and she doens't really do much.  I really liked Gabby, brunette, main “antagonist”, who is trying to change the views of those in Scarletville and is essentially campaigning for equality. She didnt go about it in the best way-full of bitchiness and backstabbing, but her intentions I liked. Ivy, who doesn't really care, is an ok character.  Haylie may have been interesting. Jonathan was interesting, but he dind't get that much development.
The plot, I didn't really get with that much at all. The ending, i'm not entirel sure what just happened.

Overall:  Stregnth 2 tea to a book that should have been satire, but wasn't.


  1. This sounds like a very interesting premise. But yeah, I would expect that the main character would have some growth.

  2. Have you read Uglies? The synopsis reminds of that a lot. I agree with you that at first you'd think it was a book on the more serious side of fiction but it sounds like a story that starts with a different point of view idea but then doesn't follow it through.




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