The Fashion Committee

The Fashion Committee

A Novel of Art, Crime, and Applied Design

Book - 2017
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"Charlie and John are both gunning for the same scholarship to a private arts high school. For this coveted spot, they must compete in a fashion competition--and only one can win"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Canada : Penguin Teen, 2017.
ISBN: 9780670067602
Characteristics: 305 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jan 08, 2018

When I read the summary for The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby, I was a little excited to read the book, and I wasn’t entirely disappointed. Charlie Dean is a fashion icon at her high school and has been obsessed with fashion ever since her youth. John Thomas-Smith, on the other hand, enjoys metal work and doesn’t understand the concept of fashion. But both of them want to get into Green Pastures, which is an elite art school in their town, and Green Pastures is holding a competition for a one-year scholarship to the school. Lucky for Charlie and unlucky for John...the subject is fashion design. Both teenagers enter the competition with hopes of winning a scholarship to their dream school. The book sounded pretty basic to me when I first read the summary, and when I started to read it, the storyline and characterization were cliché. The voice Juby wrote for Charlie was the voice of a stereotypical fashion lover, and John was written as a negative and street-style student who hides away in his garage and metal equipment. To make it even more cliché, Charlie comes from a tough family life, and John belongs to a family where he has loving grandparents but a distant mother. Yes, the characters annoyed me sometimes while I was reading the book, but I guess Susan Juby was just trying to make them relatable. And she succeeded, because Charlie’s character radiated passion, while John’s character represented all the negative teenagers that occupy our schools. Personally, I think this book deserves a 3 out of 5 star rating, because the storyline wasn’t too boring even though it was cliché, but hey, cliché books can be relaxing and that’s what I felt while reading this book: relaxed. I recommend this book to readers 12 and up.
- @ilovefood of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

After I finished reading this book, I began to view the world of fashion in a very different way. It is as though I entered the book and became the characters in it, understanding how they feel about a particular topic and what is going through their minds as they do this. I loved how this book focused on a girl who is very interested in making clothes and sees fashion as a second home and a way to escape the world whenever things went downhill with her father, and a boy who has no interest in fashion whatsoever. This book is about a competition to win a scholarship for a very expensive school for fashion. They both join this competition, however, along the way there are many events which take place which may ruin their chance in winning a life changing reward. Both characters want to win although the things they do for this competition may end up going against them and taking away what they value most. Very suspenseful and desiring in the end when the winner is about to be announced and shocked to hear what happens. I would give this book a rating of 3 out of 5.
- @booklover327 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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