Monday, March 3, 2014

Scarlett Says by Julie Cannon, Abingdon Press

Joan Meeler is the creator of the Scarlett Says blog. She is always on her blog and has no time for outside activities. Joan has a fear of socializing with other people. She fills her days and nights with the work she does on her blog to compensate.

Siegfried (Siggy), a friend and janitor in her office, invites Joan to lunch. It’s Joan’s birthday, and since she does not go out, she is a little hesitant but accepts. She and Siegfried become close friends. He helps her when she is stuck on certain replies from her blog followers. When her mother sees Siggy, she becomes unglued. Siggy is a black man.

Joan considers stopping her blog because of the name she chose, Scarlett Says. She thinks about what Scarlett O’Hara stands for as a Southerner. Joan had never thought about it before, so she discusses her dilemma with Siggy. He convinces her to keep it going, not to let her followers down.

Joan gets around to discussing the dark side of Scarlett O’Hara and Gone with the Wind on her blog. Some of the comments she receives unnerves her a bit. Joan goes to Siggy for help, because she does not want to give inappropriate answers. Meanwhile, there is a follower named Charles, who wants to meet Joan.

With Joan having issues with social skills and her blog, she contemplates taking hold of the reins. What will Joan do? Will she finally give up on her blog? Will she say yes to Charles? What advice does Siggy give Joan?

Julie Cannon’s novel is based on an inside look in the life of a blogger. The storyline is good, but I was a little offended with the dialect she gave Siggy. It seemed as though this character never had an English class, “Don’t got to worry about that neither.” I recommend this book for Scarlett O’Hara, Gone With the Wind, and Civil War Re-Enactment followers.

I received this book free from Abingdon Press for this unbiased review.

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