How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Quercus Books
A hot new high school comedy for redheads and all who love them.
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 success.
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.
I’m not sure what I was expecting from Red. It certainly didn’t sound like a deep book, so it wasn’t that. I think I wanted to read a book that was more about prejudices between minorities. I know it was supposed to be a light, comedic take, but I expected more. That’s not to say that Red wasn’t enjoyable. It was. It was easy to read and quite sweet in parts. It may not be a ground breaking story that explores prejudice, but it’s enjoyable for the younger range of young adult.. and possibly middle grade too.
I think if you’re not into dark young adult fiction and you’re looking for something lighter then Red is definitely the book for you. It follows Felicity, a girl who is groomed from birth to be Miss Scarlet. This is Scarletville’s answer to Miss America. Felicity has the reddest hair in school but holds a secret which is discovered and used to blackmail her into betraying her friends.
As I mentioned, this story does read younger than young adults at times. That’s not a criticism, I think many would enjoy it, but it’s definitely something to be mindful of before you check this book out. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. I especially didn’t get Felicity’s mother.
Red is a young, contemporary read. I wish it had more substance to it and definitely a strong moral, but if you’re looking for something to read quickly and something light in-between more intense reads then Red would work for you.
Would I recommend it?:
Yes! If you’re into lighter reads then this book is definitely for you!