Review: The Time-Traveling Fashionista
Louise loves vintage fashion. It’s not that she can’t afford new clothes; her mother and friends would certainly prefer that she go shopping at the mall like other girls her age. Louise likes clothes that tell a story, though, so when she is invited to an exclusive vintage sale she is excited to attend. At the fashionista sale, Louise goes searching for a dress for an upcoming middle school dance. When she puts on a gorgeous pink dress, Louise gets more of the history behind the clothing than she bargained for, finding herself in the body of a glamorous young actress on the Titanic.
This story can be boiled down to the cliche “be careful what you wish for.” Louise may have always dreamed of a life like that of the girl aboard the Titanic, but she certainly never imagined that having that life would mean she was aboard a sinking ship. Can Louise warn the crew and passengers in time to save them? Or will her shopping trip take a dark and deadly turn?
What makes The Time-Traveling Fashionista truly stand out are the gorgeous illustrations scattered throughout the book. The design elements of the book are quite stunning all around. It is colorful, visually appealing, young, and fun. This book is the first in a series of similar historical fashionista novels; if they all feature such images, that alone will make them worth checking out. The Time-Traveling Fashionista is like a picture book for the tween set.
Turetsky’s book is advertised as YA, but I would consider it MG. The writing was a bit younger than what I generally prefer. The MC is a middle schooler, and her mindset clearly reflects that. This is something I’ve seen mentioned by several other bloggers, as well. If you are a fan of MG fiction or know a tween who loves fashion and/or historical fiction, this is a book I would highly recommend. For those looking for something a bit more mature, it might not be quite right the fit.