Friday, November 25

The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Poppy
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 272

Summary: When Louise Lambert receives a mysterious invitation to a traveling vintage fashion sale in the mail, her normal life in suburban Connecticut is magically transformed into a time traveling adventure.
After a brief encounter with two witchy salesladies and donning an evening gown that once belonged to a beautiful silent film star, Louise suddenly finds herself onboard a luxurious cruise ship in 1912. As Alice Baxter, the silent film star, Louise enjoys her access to an extensive closet of gorgeous vintage gowns and begins to get a feel for the challenges and the glamour of life during this decadent era. Until she realizes that she's not just on any ship-- she's on the Titanic!
Will Louise be able to save herself and change the course of history, or are she and her film star alter ego, destined to go down with a sinking ship in the most infamous sea disaster of the 20th century?

My Thoughts: So this book involves the past (historical), fashion, and is middle grade which is clearly not my favorite kinds of books. But I wanted to give The Time Traveling Fashionista a chance anyway.

We are introduced to Louise who is 12 years old and in 7th grade. She is obsessed with fashion. She knows all about it, she loves it, and she enjoys vintage sales. So when she gets an invitation to attend a vintage sale, of course she is thrilled and just has to go! She ends up at the sale, faints, and is transported back to the Titantic.

What I Liked: I liked the idea of The Titantic. What girl hasn't seen the movie numerous times? I can honestly say I'm one of those girls who went to see the movie 2+ times in the theater and I own the DVD. I also liked the beautiful illustrations throughout the novel.  I liked Louise as a character even though it seemed like she didn't know much about The Titantic. If you take the dust jacket off the book, it's also very beautiful. Even the cover itself is stunning. I also liked the chapter headings and the colors.

What I wasn't thrilled with: Well, this is more aimed at tweens than Teens. It is more of a middle grade novel than YA, which I don't usually read. It is also historical which I tend to stay away from. Though it did take place on The Titantic, I was drawn to read it anyway.

I liked the other characters throughout the novel for the most part, I also liked learning a bit about fashion and what Louise knew about it.

The Time Traveling Fashionista was interesting but didn't hold my interest as much as I wanted it too. The good thing is, it's under 300 pages and every other page seemed to be a picture so it flew by quick.

Overall: It was just okay. I think if your into middle grade or historical you'll enjoy this book much more than I did. Will I read the sequel? Yes, most likely I'll try it too. Even though it is not typically my type of book, it wasn't that bad and I did finish it.

Cover: Love it! The cover is very appealing and will attract Ya, middle grade, and adult readers all over I'm sure. Love the dress.

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