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Review: The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby

Title: The Fashion Committee
Author: Susan Juby
Year Published: 2017

Genre: YA fiction
Pages: 305
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)Canada

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): What if one contest could change the course of your entire life? 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 the fashion competition will win the scholarship.

Review: I'm not sure why this book appealed to me from the moment I heard about it, but it did and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. The feeling of the novel was different from what I thought it was going to be, but in a good way.

Charlie Dean is precocious. Wait, I need to think of another word to describe her. Confident, particular in her style, talented, and strong. She talks about herself in the third person, which gives her a certain odd air about her. But as her story unfolded I came to admire her and the work she was doing.

John Thomas-Smith is easier to like and understand. He is honest about why he is entering the competition, his disdain for the process and the other contestants. But, he is also able to realize that he is wrong, that there is more to the experience than he imagined.

I enjoyed this book; it's a quick read and fun.

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