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It's Friday! Woo hoo! You made it to the end of another week. Grant it, for those of you that work in similar fields, weekends don't really mean Saturday or Sunday for days off, but you know, we cater to one and all, so I hope you feel at home anyway. Moving forward...
I had a rare event this week...two days off in a row from work (whoa...I know, so weird)...and so yesterday, I spent a portion of my time between the epages of today's title in the spotlight. It's an ebook that features a quirky leading lady trying to escape her past while building her future in all places, the cyber spotlight and fashion industry. Oh boy...yeah, let's just skeletons do not generally stay in the closet in the biz, nor do secrets stay secrets for long. Ladies and gents, today's title is on deck...
About the book...
When Clementine Liu arrives in New York City to study at the Parsons School of Design, she knows that she’s found her place. It isn’t long before she meets her fashionista soulmate, the loud and charismatic Jake, and Jonathan, a dreamy fashion photographer that turns her world upside down.
Between schoolwork and glitzy fashion shows, Clementine launches a blog, Bonjour Girl, and her wit, originality, and flair quickly catapult the site to cult status. Unfortunately, this comes with a price: Clementine is faced with online abuse and public humiliation. In the midst of all the drama, she finds out that a classmate is not what she seems, and Clementine has to find a way to save both her reputation and Jake’s fashion collection.
The Devil Wears Prada prepared you for the cutthroat world of the Fashion Industry...but did you ever stop to think where those same people got their start?
Clementine Liu knows all too well about the fans and fanatics, the competition and those that will go to the extreme to get what they want...and she's only in college. Yeah, college! Grant it, it IS the school to end all school's when it comes ot wanting access to the best of the best in the industry, but really...MUST we sharpen our nails on the backs of our classmates? Apparently for some the answer is YES...and now Clementine has to find a way to not only rescue her reputation, but her self-confidence, if she's to rise to the top and become the superstar we all know she can be. Good thing she has a few confidants to lean on, and the sound advice of family long since living...
I adored Clementine for all her quirkiness, for her ability to BE HERSELF even in the face of adversity (or hoards of black, gray, and white clad New Yorker students), and her desire to say true to her inner compass even when things seem to be spiraling out of control. Now she has a moment of two where a lapse in judgement or an overly kind heart took her away from the proverbial runway, but NOBODY'S PERFECT and sometimes those alterations are the only way to create the grand masterpieces we're meant to become. With her spunk, and spirit, she's gonna go far...even with the haters harrassing her...and that big heart of hers shines so brightly, the friends, and relationships she gathers are truly meant to be. I would love to see her site in real life because her goal, her message was all about diversity, and bringing a voice to the creator that is doing BIG THINGS, but getting a bit lost in the shuffle. She even lends that spotlight to her friends which endears them even more to her and her cause, thus allowing the pay it forward principle to march on. In short, SO much to love here! Now for a little cutting room maintence...
For me, there were only two drawbacks. First is certainly all a matter of opinion (and perhaps my eARC edition as well), the cyberbullying. I know, it's DEFINITELY a thing nowadays and its reach is worldwide thanks to the net, but the two I was actually able to read in the book, I didn't really think much of. I mean, I get it...no one wants to be talked about especially in a negative light, but Clementine seemed like such a STRONGER characters than that. To let some measly little comment stake her versus roll off her back seemed beneath her...but again, it's all a perspective issue. To her, it was the end of the earth; to me, I say walk away, let it go, and follow Celeste's advice. Second thing...I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Color me cynical, but there was a lot that just seemed to come up roses for our girl. Issues at home...new school acceptance accross the pond! End of a disasterous relationship...BOOM perfectly lovely male specimen that ACTUALLY seems genuine! Lack of friends...instafriend...with a hiccup or two to keep things interesting! I'm not saying she didn't have her obstacles to face...hello uber version of MEAN GIRLS...but her life definitely wasn't just the thorns of the bush.
All in all, I enjoyed my time with "Fashion Week" a lot more than I thought I would. The characters were fresh, the diversity plentiful, the surprises forthcoming, and the payback oh so sweet. Definite recommend for Young Adult fans of all ages!
About the author...
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Isabelle Laflèche worked for more than 10 years as an attorney in New York City, Montreal, and Toronto before pursuing her passion for writing. Her debut novel, J’adore New York, is an international bestseller, and her series of J’adore novels are enjoyed by readers worldwide. She has lived in New York and Toronto, and currently lives in Montreal.
Visit her ABOUT ME page for a fun list of TEN THINGS you may not know about her!
Special thanks to Kama at Kama Timbrell Communications for the ebook for review as well as the chance to bring this title to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, or the publicity team, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title sis set to celebrate its BOOK BIRTHDAY September 18th, 2018 via Durdurn, so mark your calendar or pre-order your copy today!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!