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Laugh Out Loud Funny | Book Review: Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here is a book you MUST put on your TBR right away!

Book Review: Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

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Title & Author: Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

Release Date: April 19, 2016

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Penguin

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“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 pot-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. 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.”

Laugh Out Loud Funny

Not since Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicolson series have I laughed out loud so much while reading a book.

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here is an incredibly funny novel that looks at online communities, the high school experience and feminism in a hilarious and clever way.

Scarlett’s favorite TV show is cancelled and she’s devastated. Wanting to avoid losing touch with her fellow show fans online, she writes a new piece of fan fic involving her actual high school classmates…but discovers her characterizations and real life don’t always match up.

This novel does so many things very, very well. Let me tell you the ways:

1. The representation of online communities was pitch perfect. Either Breslaw has written fan fic herself or done extensive research because the terminology is accurate and relevant and the tone of the conversations in this space feel authentic. Respect was shown alongside levity.

2. Characters that jump off the page. Scarlett is of course is kick-ass leading lady in the story with her biting wit and hilarious observations. I also could not get enough of her older, smart-mouthed neighbor Ruth. She is one of those characters you wish so much was real.

3. A book that transcended the typical “girl meets boy” storyline. There is nothing wrong with books that are purely about romance, but I loved that Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here offered amazing commentary on feminism in a very relatable way. It’s subtle and powerful.

4. The pop culture references reminded me of Gilmore Girls. This is basically one of the highest compliments I can give a novel. The attitudes of the characters along with their perspectives were just spot on. I ate it UP.

Anna Breslaw is an author to watch. This novel was so well written, interesting and deep that I can barely contain my enthusiasm!


You must, must, MUST read this book. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here is one of my top reads of 2016 so far and is a strong and funny YA contemporary worthy of your time – highly recommended.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.

    Well, I haven’t even heard of this book before but I am ordering it right now! I need a funny book. So many depressing dower books have come my way the past few months…must read something funny. Thank you.

  • Molly Blacknell

    Yup. Wishlisted. You had me at the remark about Rennison – have yet to find a book or series that made me laugh half as much as I laughed at the GN books.