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pushovers who love everything we pick up; we just see no point in telling you about a book if we didn't like it.

October 6, 2011

The Time-Traveling Fashionista, by Bianca Turetsky, 2011

What if a beautiful vintage dress could take you back in time? Louise Lambert has always dreamed of movie starlets and exquisite gowns and longs for the day when she can fill the closet of her normal suburban home with stylish treasures. But when she receives a mysterious invitation to a vintage fashion sale in the mail, her once painfully average life is magically transformed into a time-travel adventure. (Amazon)

Review by Emily Sonderegger, Book Addict

Let me just start by saying that I adore books where fashion (and especially high fashion) is incorporated. When I saw a giveaway on Goodreads for this one, I just knew I was destined to have it.

Well, I didn't win it from Goodreads. I was terribly bummed, because seriously, this book was written for me. Luckily, a blogger friend of mine had some books that she wasn't able to get to for reviews and asked me to take them on, which of course, I was happy to do. Hello, books! Anyway, this was one of them, and a total treasure!

I loved it. It was one of those books that I finished in a couple of hours because I couldn't put it down. It was just so well done. Even though our heroine is a mere twelve years old, I adored her (not to say that I don't like 12-year olds in general, but I usually steer clear of young characters like that in literature). She was well-developed, had a killer fashion sense (she recognized Lucile!! LUCILE!! I would almost literally kill for a Lucile piece, not that I could ever afford one), and is just plain fun. Besides that, she tries her hardest to rewrite history (which, granted, she didn't know much about because she has the worst stereotype of a history teacher EVER) by saving the Titanic. All in all, makes for a sweet read.

Now let's talk about the physical book: it's GORGEOUS. I can't tell you this enough times. The book itself is literally one of the most beautiful books I've ever laid my hands on. It's illustrated with the most fantastic fashion designs ever. It was eye-candy, I tell you. I LOVED going back over and over and over the illustrations. I also loved the inclusion of quotations from noted fashion personalities.

I just really really really liked this book. I'm giving it my 'pick me' rating, and I think you should pick it too!

Market: Middle Grade
Language: None
Sensuality: None
Violence: None
Mature themes: None to speak of

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Rebecca (RivkaBelle) said...

This is a book I definitely want to read! The cover's so fun and the concept is too :o) Definitely looking forward to getting my hands on it!

*katie said...

Oh man, I want it NOW! Sounds darling and a great, fun escape :)

Alice said...

I love the premise of this book. It sounds fascinating!

Anonymous said...

This book sounds SO FUN!!! Thanks for this terrific review. I now have another book to add to my To Read list!