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Balancing Act

(Chloe by Design #5-8)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  282 ratings  ·  41 reviews
16-year-old Chloe Montgomery beat out the competition to win Teen Design Diva, but she already has another challenge to face — tackling her internship. After winning the first season of the fashion reality show, Chloe is ready to start her job with a famous designer, Stefan Meyers, in New York City. But with an old crush and new challenges to contend with, Chloe discovers ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Capstone Young Readers
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The summary inside says it's a 'collection of four previously published works', but goodreads isn't saying which four. 'Making the Cut' is…more
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The summary inside says it's a 'collection of four previously published works', but goodreads isn't saying which four. 'Making the Cut' is apparently the first four books, though, and from the summaries it sounds like this is books #5-8.

There's also a 'book' listed on the series page that's just titled 'Chloe by design', but it looks from the publisher's page that it's a box set, with books #5-8.(less)
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Chloe By Design is apparently aimed at ages 9 - 12, but is about a 16-year-old who has landed an internship at one of the most popular fashion houses after winning a popular TV show. Chloe must deal with new roommates, a new crush and the stresses of proving herself in the internship. Firstly, the illustrations in the book were perhaps my favourite part, although they were pretty repetitive. The story, whilst I enjoyed the parts about the internship, just bored me. The main character, Chloe, was ...more
Rana G.
Jan 19, 2016 added it
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Title: Chloe by Design: Balancing Act
Author: Margaret Gurevich
Series: Chloe by Design #5?
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Pub Date: Sep 1, 2015
Genres: Middle grade, contemporary, fashion design
Source: NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review
Format: e-ARC
Rating: good
Cover: 7\10
Review: on Goodreads

Even though it is not the first book in the series- I guess it is the fifth? - You can read it as if it's the first, since everything is recapped and explained. Sometimes, more than once.

It follows
Sara Kiplinger
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Even though there were lots of issues with this book, I still liked the overall story and concept of this series so I still gave it 3 stars, as opposed to the 2 I was considering. This is the continuation of Chloe's story after winning a design show in the first book. She is working at her internship at a famous designer in NYC as part of her prize and gets to experience several different departments in the fashion world. This story really focuses on the fashion aspect of her life, there is a to ...more
Entrada Book Review
Chloe Montgomery has just won the reality television competition Teen Design Diva and has won a prestigious summer internship with Stefan Meyers in New York City. Spending the summer working at a fashion label, living in the Fashion Institute of Technology dorms and designing is more than a dream come true. A talented designer, Chloe is up to the task, but being on her own without her best friend Alex or her mom will be a challenge. There is a lot more to learn in the industry besides paisley's ...more
Bla Bla Blaus Blog
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.8 Stars!

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review from Capstone via Netgalley.
Story: 4.5 Stars
Cover: 5 Amazing Stars

What captivated me first about this book was the cover. The drawing on the cover and inside the book are AMAZING, and when sometimes I couldn't imagine the look from the description given, and next came the draw that wow me.
Chloe is an every ambitious girl, that want to be a name in the fashion industry, and she in High School and the other interns in Uni, was not s
Jun 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-own, voya
Meh. I obviously didn't care much for this book, but I think it was more of a personal preference. In general, I don't care much for the "romanticized girly-girl" books. If the intended audience were to read this book, most likely girls (or boys I suppose) aged 8-14, than this book would probably be spectacular and out of this world. Chloe gets an internship for a fashion company over the summer and gets to work with the big guys, which I admit is pretty cool, even though I'm not into fashion my ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! Illustrations made it so realistic
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is just the perfect story that I am just looking forward to. My favorite style of book. Awaiting the next series. :)
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Balancing Act
Margaret Gurevich
November 1st

Balancing Act, the sequel to Making the Cut, is a realistic fiction book by Margaret Gurevich. The book is about a Diva Design winner, based on Project Runway junior, and the internship she won working for Stefan Meyers. Balancing Act is about Chloe’s struggle to balance her overwhelming work and her regular life.
Balancing Act is a nice mundane read if you’ve just finished a really stressful read, as it doesn’t have a lot of angst. Balancing Act is mos
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, younger-reads
Honestly reading this book made me want to work in the fashion industry, even though I have no fashion sense, because it just made it sound so fun! I love the descriptions of the different jobs in a business and it really made me think about how there are many different parts working together to create a successful company and that the number one thing is to not care about your own fame and success but the success of the business overall. Also the illustrations in the book were an excellent addi ...more
Kelley Rose
Bravo to Ms. Gurevich! This book is unique and will be a hit with teen girls! I love the story line which deals with fashion design and a high school intern wanting to break into the business. The main character strives to maintain a high standard of morals and work ethic in a field that is known for its' competitiveness. I deeply appreciate that the author did not feel the pressure to add profanity, sexual scenarios, or homosexual references. It was simply a good, clean book that I know my stud ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was great, but it had a few minor flaws. If you plan to read this book, don't make the mistake I did, I accidentally read this book thinking it was the first in the series, only to find out when I finished the book that it was a summary of number 5-8. That was disappointing. Great book, but please if your planning to read this series, start with the first one
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book and I always found the illustrations with the designs included to add color and fun to the book.
I liked the story concept because you cannot always balance everything, as displayed in the story.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was great! It really showed the way of interning and I would recommend it to other girls out there. Chloe shows her passion and how kindness and being yourself can get you recognized. I love how it shows that you don't have to be perfect all the time.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was very informative about fashion and life when you are in your later teens. It says dilemmas that happened when Chloe first started out as an intern but she made it. This book gives beautiful pictures and tips. This was a great book.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So good! I am in love with the actual designs within the book! It looks like the book is within Chole's sketchbook!😍😍
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 9-16 girls
I think this is a good book because it explains what it's like to be a young intern. It is inspiring because the overall message is go for your dreams and if you put the work in you'll succeed.
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy the book because it was really boring and didn't have many exciting or interesting parts. I really liked the first book and now I am going to read the 3 book hopefully it'll be better.
Julia Compton
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

I thought this book was awesome and I loved all of the sketches! Iwould definitely recommend it to all of my friends!!
Molly Sheridan
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would give Balancing Act 4 stars. I was so happy to finally read the second book after a year of finishing the first. This book follows Chloe interning for Stefan Meyers after winning Design Diva. Chole gets along with most of her roommates except one Madison who thinks she doesn't deserve the internship. Chloe gets over her mean comment and still hopes the can get along. Chloe in this book works really hard to prove how good of a worker and designer she is. This book has lots of colorful sket ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really fast read, and to my surprise, I liked this book better than Making the Cut. I'm so excited for the next one!
Anisha A
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
it is a really good book for people that want to get a career in fashion design.
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In Balancing Act, we follow Chloe at her New York fashion house internship that she won in Book #1 (Making the Cut). She lives in a dorm where one of her roommates gives her a hard time about not earning her way into the industry. But Chloe is so good at creating unique fashion, that her samples get chosen to be made into designs for fashion week. Her mentors even give her a gift bag at the end of her internship — and it contains a surprise that Chloe had only dreamed of.

I really liked the full
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Somehow I'd managed to think I'd reviewed Chloe's tale, which I hadn't. I love tales where characters chase their dreams, which for Chloe evolved around fashion. She gets to see a variety of departments in a fashion house, as well as a variety of characters. Her fellow interns are competitive, some with a bit of a mean streak, but by working hard and being good Chloe is rewarded with amazing opportunities.

I like how modest she is, how she doesn't always think her ideas are good, but how she en
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley-arc
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The first thing that captivated me was the cover. I loved the cover design, the watercolours and the artwork was just divine. The next that caught my attention as the story about a fashion designer so of course a girl who loves fashion would be interested in reading about it.

This was a peak into the fashion industry for the younger readers, as we follow Chloe through her every day life learning the ins and outs of the fashion industry the readers ar
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: r4r-and-arc
I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love the cover and the designs throughout the book. It was a cute book, but not really my thing.

The characters were well defined and I liked their little quirks. The story had it's ups and downs, it was full of life and a good enjoyable read. Great for younger readers. Especially young girls who like fashion.

Chloe is 16, but at times she acted younger and the way the book was written made her seem much younger,
Evelyn Lyman
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My next book during this school year was Balancing Act by Margaret Gurevich. In Balancing Act, Chloe is New York City working as an intern for designer Stefan Meyers, after winning design competition, Teen Design Diva. She learns the harsh and fast paced reality of being a designer, while facing prejudice and a crush. Can she rise to the occasion or will she stumble and fall?
I thoroughly enjoyed Balancing Act because I am a fashion critic and love chic-lit. This book definitely kept me pulled
Bethany Ekezie
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. Chloe after the book "Make the Cut" earned an internship at Stefan Meyers fashion company. Chloe was an intern for 6 weeks and interned for three people. Chloe also got to help with Fashion Week which made her really happy. Chloe also got to be a guess judge on the show "Teen Design Diva" which is the show that gave her, her internship because she won. When Chloe was interning for her first person, Laura, Chloe designed pockets and at a meeting with Stefan, he loved he ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 10 months


This book was wonderful! It shows how stressful, challenging, and rewarding the fashion world can be.

My favorite parts are the outfits because such detail and thought went into describing them. I think that the designs are beautiful and one of a kind.

My favorite character is Laura because she is silly, works hard, and j
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Margaret Gurevich has wanted to be a writer since second grade and loves writing for kids of all ages. She has written for many magazines including Girls' Life, SELF, and Ladies' Home Journal. Her first YA novel, Inconvenient, was a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens, and her second novel, Pieces of Us, garnered positive reviews from Kirkus, Voya, and Publishers Weekly, which called it "painfull ...more

Other books in the series

Chloe by Design (10 books)
  • Design Diva (Chloe by Design #1)
  • The First Cut (Chloe by Design #2)
  • Unraveling (Chloe by Design #3)
  • Design Destiny (Chloe by Design #4)
  • Design Disaster (Chloe by Design #5)
  • Intern Ambition (Chloe by Design #6)
  • Runway Rundown (Chloe by Design #7)
  • Fashion Week Finale (Chloe by Design #8)
  • Made to Measure (Chloe by Design)
  • Measuring up (Chloe by Design)