What to Do on May Day

I think the most important thing you can do today other than, you know, getting the workers’ revolution going is to buy a copy of Maureen Johnson’s Suite Scarlett. It’s Maureen Johnson’s funniest book to date and is now appearing in the eminently affordable paperback edition.

Highlights include:

  • A most appealing heroine: I hug Scarlett to my chest!
  • Romance!
  • Romance gone wrong!
  • Romance gone right!
  • Romance gone in between!
  • New York City as you’ve never seen it before!
  • The shabby gentility of a crumbling hotel!
  • A crazy Broadway lady!
  • A unicycle-riding, prat-falling, seriously hot older brother, Spencer!1
  • Many!
  • Other!
  • Wonderful!
  • Things!

I urge you all to go forth and buy it! If you’re broke and cannot afford it right now I urge you to encourage your library to buy a copy. Or bully your richer friends into buying one so you can borrow theirs. This tends to only work for books. I tried to get a richer friend of mine to buy a Vivienne Westwood ballgown in my size. She did not and now she isn’t my friend anymore. I’m not sure what went wrong . . .

Other things you could do on May Day:

  • If you’re sick you could lie in bed and shiver or sit on the couch coughing up a lung.
  • If you’re well why not prank call your enemies from a different enemy’s mobile phone?
  • You could also spread panic by sending this link to all your guillible friends: ZOMBIE STRAIN OF SWINE FLU REPORTED BY BBC SO MUST BE TRUE! That’s not really a BBC site, by the way. You can tell by looking at the URL. Just sayin’ . . . (via Carrie Ryan.)
  • Or if you’re in New York City you could go back to bed because it’s cold and grey and miserable. But that would be deaftist!
  • The best plan of all is to wear red and dance in the streets. Well, unless there’s sniper fire. Or a zombie apocalypse . . .

Happy May Day, Everyone! Have a good one!

  1. I know he’s fictional and much younger than me but I can’t help it I really heart Spencer. []


  1. bookwormchris on #

    Having just finished Suite Scarlett last night (after it arrived yesterday) I agree with most of what you have said.

  2. alissa on #

    how did you get footnotes like that? i heart your footnoting code!

  3. Julia Rios on #

    Yes, Suite Scarlett is awesome! And as a bonus, the cover is not scary at all!

  4. Liset on #

    HAPPY MAY DAY, Jusitne!!!

    I’m celebrating by reading some more of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States. YAY!

  5. Shveta on #

    I am reading Suite Scarlett right now. Yay!

    Happy, happy May Day! I wish a Maypole were nearby. . .

  6. Rachel on #

    This post requires an itemized comment.

    a) Spencer, marry me!

    b)I own Suite Scarlett. In HARDCOVER!

    c) I didn’t even know that worker’s revolution side of may day existed until I was 12.

    d) When I was in 6th grade I did a powerpoint on May Day for my Computer Apps class. I took a video of myself skipping in a circle and sprinkling flower petals, and made a slide saying “The darker side of May Day: did you know that every time you pick a flower, IT DIES?”

  7. Karen Smith on #

    Sharing the love for May Day and Suite Scarlett! I’m looking forward to more. 🙂 Maureen does great work–I’ve been addicted since picking up a copy of Devilish.

  8. Gillian on #

    We have our zombie apocalyse today. It’s a local apocalyse. Canberra pre-budget is always like this, round now.

  9. Carrie on #

    I got Suite Scarlett on May Day – huzzah!!

  10. Joey-la on #

    I agree – buy Suite Scarlett – especially becuase Maureen will go to Trapeeze school if you do!!
    I do this acting course – and my teacher this term (when we are doing all this pyhisical acting stuff) is called Spencer!! I was so happy I think I screamed when I heared! AMAZING!

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