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?
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Praise for RED:
Debut author Cherry’s writing sparkles with wit, and she cleverly uses Scarletville’s obsession with redheadedness to raise questions about typical high school politics and the ways people determine what is beautiful, good, and worthy of popularity—all with a satirical wink to readers. —Publishers Weekly
[U]nderneath the “ginger” focus, there is a really strong commentary on superficiality and social standing. Readers will find themselves questioning the distribution of power based on appearance and the lengths that people will go to in order to protect their deepest secrets…. While readers may giggle their way through this fast-paced tale, they will also find themselves thinking about it.” —School Library Journal
Debut author Cherry infuses this satire of social hierarchy with plenty of wit, and Felicity is believable as a girl struggling between who she is and what society—and her pageant-loving mother—expects from her. This may challenge readers to reconsider how they define beautify—and perhaps give them the confidence to question a pecking order or two. —Booklist
I opened RED expecting a fun beach read but was delighted to find a graceful, empathetic examination of what it’s like to come of age in a conformist world. Cherry’s debut is as thought-provoking as it is enchanting.” —Rae Carson, author of the Fire and Thorns trilogy
Smart, funny, and full of Awesome Ladies Behaving Awesomely, Alison Cherry’s RED is everything I look for in a book.” —Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of the Hex Hall series
Clever, wickedly funny and with so much heart.” —Melina Marchetta, author of the Printz-award winning Jellicoe Road