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Breakfast At Bloomingdale's by Kristen Kemp
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Oct 30, 07

Recommended for: YA readers
Read in October, 2007

Cat is an aspiring fashion designer. As long as she can remember, she has lived in her grandmother, Nina’s, great big house. The two of them have designed and sewed garments galore, all in preparation for the debut of their fashion line “Breakfast” (inspired by their favorite movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s).
However, Nina has this crazy idea that on a certain date she is set to expire. And when that date arrives and Nina passes away peacefully in her sleep, Cat is left to deliver the eulogy and then get the heck out of dodge.

On the way out of town, her boyfriend announces that he cannot go with her to New York City. He drops her on the side of the road sans sewing machine, and encourages her to catch a bus.
Cat’s mom is still alive and is a shrink in the same town, but Cat refers to her mother as the Mother Heifer, and…they don’t really get along. (Though this subplot requires you to suspend reality, it still makes for an interesting overall story).

Cat escapes to NYC, purchases a new identity and a high school diploma, enrolls in fashion school, finds a new boyfriend, finds some NYC fashion friends, and starts on her new life.

Cat’s voice is difficult to read in the beginning. Her internal monologue is confusing. However, if you give Cat some time, she will definitely grow on you and the dialogue will click and then flow. She is a quirky character, but she is entertaining.

This is a very cute chick-lit story about finding your sea legs in a wobbly world. It is about chasing your dreams and finding what is right for you.
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