The Fashion Committee
Charlie Dean is a style-obsessed girl who eats, sleeps, and breathes fashion.
John Thomas-Smith is a boy who forges metal sculptures in his garage and couldn’t care less about clothes.
Both are gunning for a scholarship to the private art high school that could make all their dreams come true. And whoever wins t ...more
The Fashion Committee was much better than I had anticipated. I am not the biggest fan of light contemporary but this had a wonderful balance.
Trigger Warning: Drug addiction and domestic violence.
This book started off as your typical, light contemporary novel. It was exactly what I was expecting and that was fine. However, part-way through the story the characters were revealed more and m ...more
The female narrator, Charlie, was a bit of an oddball. She writes her entries in Franglish (English sprinkled with somewhat questionable French) and her prose had a stilted sort of quality. At first I thought her narration might drive me nuts, but its soon became clear that she's a kid who's had a hard life, and I realized that all ...more
This book took me by complete surprise!! I wasn't sure what I was expecting going into it, but it became this fun, entertaining, happy little daffodil of a book for me.
First, we have Charlie Dean. She's--- well, she's odd and driven and lives for fashion. When I first started the book, I wasn't sure I was going to like Charlie and I kind of unders ...more
This book has a super unique concept that really interested me. Basica ...more
The writing was a bit, well, over-detailed. When I say over-detailed I mean, it's all over the place. (I'll give an example--The character is doing something and then, it adds a backstory, then back to the character again complaining an issue.)The story itself just lost its pacing sometimes when it comes to objectives.
I didn't get to go along well with the characters. They were all forgettable. This book does lack some deep character development which is quite a sho...more
The characters in The Fashion Committee are complex and flawed but likable and relatable. Also, I appreciate the casually diverse representation of race, sexuality, and ability.
The fast-paced and intriguing plot of The ...more
Juby has a sharp observant eye for the foibles of teens and culture that always makes me laugh but her true skill is gifting re ...more
I love books with multiple POV characters particularly when those characters are only briskly involved in the others' lives. Charlie Dean and John Thomas-Smith are entering the same fashion scholarship competition, and they attend the same school. Their lives barely intersect but it allows the book to give varied views of events. Charlie loves fashion, John doesn't much care for it. Charlie has a rough life but strives to be better at a ...more
DNF @ 65 pages
Unfortunately, Susan Juby's The Fashion Committee was an extreme disappointment. Perhaps my twelve-year-old self would have enjoyed a story like this, but I rather felt... displeased and sad with its outcome. Given that I had read Juby's work in the past (and felt iffy about it), I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. It's definitely out of my comfort zone as it focuses on the fashion industry and ...more
The characters weren't very likeable, the journal format felt forced and problematic, and it got ridiculous at times, but it also reminded me a little of Project Runway for the above reasons, and I really likeProject Runway. Longer review to come.
So this book was... much different than I was expecting. With the cover and the synopsis, I was expecting a fluffy YA novel, not a romance, but some good rivalry and fashion-related hijinks. Instead, I got a discussion of classism and how it is to live with drug addict parent(s).
Besides the plot, neither of the main characters were particularly likeable. They were both pretentious, in different ways. John was pretentious ...more
So glad I picked this up. Longer review to come.
When I first received this book from the Penguin Random House First In Line program, I thought it looked like a kind of cute, light romance. With a name like The Fashion Committee, I wasn't expecting anything deep. So I was surprised when I read this. The light tone is in stark contrast to the harsh reality of one of the ch ...more
I was raised in Smithers, BC, Canada and lived there until I moved to Toronto at age 20. I had a brief and unsuccessful career as a fashion design student and, after I worked at a series of low paying jobs, such as server, record store employee, etc., I began a degree in English Literature at University of Toronto, which I finished at the University of British Columbia. After gra ...more