Scarlett is a great protagonist and readers will feel much empathy towards her. She does not wallow in self-pity despite a rather difficult early life and the many challenges she still faces at school and her kind, brave and perceptive narrative voice will win the heart of readers. They are also witness to her developing friendship with Ellie, who gradually turns from annoying step-sister-to-be to partner in crime and best friend. In fact, there is a quite positive representation of step-families in this book, which is can unfortunately be rather rare in realistic fiction for tweens.
Scary and poignant at times, but often also very, very funny, Dear Scarlett is a hugely entertaining journey of discovery, where Scarlett’s quest to find the truth about her father mirrors her gradual better understanding of who she really is herself.
Dear Scarlett is an original read which will delight girl readers particularly, and especially those who enjoy strong lead girl characters without being “girly”. The added mystery around her father’s past and the quality of the writing gives Dear Scarlett the edge of many offerings for tween girls.
Source: review copy from publisher