Friday, August 10, 2012

Review: "The Time-Traveling Fashionista"

The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky
4 out of 5 stars

This was such a cute book. It's been on my to-buy list for a while and I picked it up one day at Barnes & Noble when I couldn't find anything else. Don't you hate that? You want to buy *something* but can't find the right thing? Well, I'm pretty happy I finally got this one. The cover and style of the book is gorgeous. The paperback (pictured below) is slightly glittery and it has these wonderful illustrations of vintage gowns, wardrobes, and that famous staircase throughout the book. It's such a pretty book, my sister even said she wanted to keep it in her (pink, girly) room. I said no.

Louise, the main character, is a 12 year old girl who is very into vintage clothes (despite her mother's objections to "old hand-me-downs") and loves reading all about designers and artists. She wants to fit in at school but still show her individuality and it's a struggle sometimes. One day, Louise comes home and finds a purple invitation in the mail with her name on invitation to a traveling vintage fashion sale. She is obviously ecstatic: this is her chance to get some new pieces for her collection and maybe meet some other like-minded people. When she gets to the sale, she's a little disturbed by the owners, two eccentric old ladies, but pushes it aside for the beauty of the clothes. Louise falls in love with one particular dress: pink, sparkly, flowing in that perfect way, and just her size. Even though it smells slightly of ocean water and has a few rips, she decides to try it on anyway...and everything changes.

Louise is somehow transported back in time to 1912 and a gorgeous, gigantic, now infamous cruise ship. She is no longer her awkward 12 year old self, but 17 year old actress Alice Baxter and she has no idea how or why she got here. Louise is determined to have fun at first (especially after seeing her wardrobe), until she finally realizes exactly which cruise ship she is on: the White Star Line, aka The Titanic. Yep, that Titanic. Knowing only the barest of the details about the disaster, thanks to a boring history teacher, she still tries her hardest to change the fates. But of course, no one believes her. All they see is a young actress having fits on a luxury cruise liner. Maybe her corset is too tight? Better get the smelling salts!

Can Louise/Alice help these doomed people? Can she get herself back home? Can she take one of these gorgeous dresses back with her? Who were those old ladies?? Read the book and find out! :) (Yes, I'm talking to you, my 12 year old sister, B!!)

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