#Review: Red

redRed by Alison Cherry

Published: October 8th 2013
Paperback: 320 pages
Genre: YA, Contemporary
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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.
” – Goodreads

My Thoughts:

Felicity has lived in Scarletville all her life. A town that reveres red heads above all else! If you don’t have red hair then you are not popular, respected or even seen as a person. In a town where everything revolves around having red hair, Felicity has great friends, a nice boyfriend, a supportive mother and she is fairly popular at school. But she has a secret. Her hair isn’t really such a lush shade of red. No she dyes it!

This revelation might not be a big thing to us, but trust me, in this town it is all that matters. Then the worst thing that Felicity can imagine happens. Someone finds out her secret and starts blackmailing her to do things she wouldn’t normally do and worst: associate with brunettes and blondes! This is where things get interesting!

Felicity was actually a really great character to read about. She is nice and sweet and loves her friends. And I enjoyed her realizing that there is a world out there that doesn’t revere red heads like her town, and that other hair colors are normal. I think this story brings a different take on how we are all equal even if we look different – even if the book didn’t mean to do that. And it strangely didn’t feel forced or ‘unreal’ at any point. It really felt like a town that just wanted a red head community and lost the plot along the way.

This book also incorporated art in a fun way, as well as beauty pageants! It was cleverly written with quite a few ‘red’ puns which I enjoyed!

I love the cover for this book! And I think the hair color is gorgeous! The other cover for this book is also great, but the hair isn’t as dark as it is described in the book:

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Overall a fun read with a unique take. If you don’t feel like something too serious and want to read about this wacky town, I suggest you give this book a read!

Favorite Quote:

“It’s just hair”

newcup5newcup5newcup5This got a 7/10 from me.