Home for the holidays!  Well…for my birthday at least.  Chanukah is long gone.

I just wanted to write today about one thing.  A book I saw in the YA section of Barnes & Noble the other day that I think you should know about.  It’s called Red.  The author’s name is Alison Cherry.  And here is the synopsis for you:

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?

This is a published book.  THIS.  I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover (or the blurb on the back), but I am judging away.  THIS book is published, and I am struggling.  How is that even remotely fair?  There are even positive reviews at the bottom of its page on the B&N website.  I mean, I’m not saying it’s terrible.  I haven’t read it.  Maybe it’s pretty good, or a successful satire, but I don’t really care right now because LOOK AT THE SYNOPSIS!  It’s about a girl with dyed red hair who doesn’t want people to know she dyes her hair!!  Jeez!

Okay I’m done.

Happy Holidays everyone!



Filed under books, Humor, writing

3 responses to “Red

  1. Maybe it’s funny? Satire? I know. That’s a huge stretch. It really is frustrating to see best sellers that aren’t as solid as some other ones out there.

    Happy belated Chanukah! It came so early this year!

  2. … how does her mother somehow not know that her hair is died?

    This sounds like a parody, but then I’ve seen too many terrible books to be sure of that. It makes me feel as though fiction writing is an incredibly frustrating business in which the quality of your work is secondary to connections, money and/or perseverance. Then again, I suppose the same can be said for most industries, especially creative ones.

    If poorly written a fanfiction (even by fanfiction standards) rip-off of one of the most widely derided works of literature in history gets to become the number one best selling paperback of all time, there’s some hope for us all. Including the proverbial monkey with a typewriter.

  3. According to the reviews, it’s “witty” and “a satire,” but I still think for a concept like this to work, even as a satire, it still has to be good. And I really have a hard time believing a book with this premise can be.

    To BecomingCliche: Thank you! Happy holidays to you, too!

    To leastat03: According to a friend of mine, her mother was the one who made her dye her hair, so if she stopped doing it her mom would disown her for that. Does that make it better? Nope. Kinda makes it worse.

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