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22 January 2014

Review: Red by Alison Cherry

Felicity St. John has it all: loyal best friends, a hot guy, and artistic talent. And she’s right on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her long, wavy, coppery red hair.

Having red hair is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power—and everybody knows it. That’s why Felicity is scared down to her roots when she receives an anonymous note:
I know your secret.

Because Felicity is a big fake. Her hair color comes straight out of a bottle. And if anyone discovered the truth, she’d be a social outcast faster than she could say strawberry blond. Her mother would disown her, her friends would shun her, and her boyfriend would dump her. And forget about winning that pageant crown and the prize money that comes with it—money that would allow her to fulfill her dream of going to art school.

Felicity isn’t about to let someone blackmail her life away. But just how far is she willing to go to protect her red cred?

5 Words: Clever, teen, drama, high school, blackmail.

I can't say that I 100% enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and I loved that it was a witty piece of social commentary and liked the way it was presented, but it just wasn't quite my cup of tea.

I'm not really such a fan of high-school dramas. Been there, done that, it's never like the books. Yeah, there was bitching and blackmail and bullying, but books always seem to make it so over-the-top dramatic.

This is quite a summery book - it's just got that kind of sunshine-and-blue-skies feeling that works best in summer. So maybe that's a reason I didn't mesh so well with it - it's winter and freezing outside.

I wasn't so keen on Felicity - she is in no way as innocent as she thinks she is and she doesn't even realise it. But I did like the way all of the characters interacted and I liked the way the relationships developed and changed.

Overall I guess I did like this book. I finished it relatively quickly, I kept reading, I didn't rage.


  1. I've heard mostly mediocre things about this book, but I'm glad you liked it even though it wasn't amazing. To me, it just seems a bit unrealistic - a city that places that much importance on hair color just wouldn't happen in the real world. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this author's next book more if you decide to give it a try!

    1. I'm definitely on the fence about reading more of her stuff, but Red didn't totally put me off. I think it's the setting that puts most people off. As I story it was pretty blah, but as social commentary it was really interesting, and that's the aspect I liked the most.

  2. I liked the cover, seemed like a PLL thing but I only saw negative reviews on this one on GR, your is probably the most positive. It seems like I would like this one because I liked a lot of GG series and this seems a lot like the "mean girls" act. :)
    Deyse @

    1. Oh yes, similar to PLL and GG on terms of bitchiness and backstabbing and lots of fashion/style thrown in.


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