Scarlett by Cathy Cassidy
Release Date: January 1, 2006
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Scarlett spells trouble!
It's not her fault that she always attracts the wrong kind of attention at school, but no one seems to understand that. And Mum's had enough. Sent off to stay with Dad, the message is behave or else! Can Scarlett mend her ways or will she die of boredom? Perhaps gorgeous and mysterious local boy Kian can supply some answers...
I read this book for the 24 hour reading challenge because of how short and simple it is. However don't let the fact that this book is a middle-grad fool you. This book is more complex than it lets on.
The main character, Scarlett, is a rebellious girl who is the result of an ugly divorce. She obviously hasn't dealt with her emotions successfully, so usually explodes when she gets angry. Cathy Cassidy shows this character type in a successful manner and I felt like Scarlett was really realistic. I also liked that the character development was immediate, and that Scarlett wasn't perfect at the end. She was still the same child as the start of the book and didn't seem to have lost any of her old personality.
The writing in this book was beautiful; you could really tell that Cathy Cassidy loves Ireland. The descriptions of the lakes and the mountains was so beautiful and poetic. After reading this book I had an extreme case of wanderlust and have been dreaming of travelling the world since then.
This book is a beautiful coming of age story which can teach anyone an lesson. It will also give you a case of wanderlust and dreams of travelling the world on a black horse...