May 11, 2011

So You Want To Work in Fashion • Fashionistas

Fashionistas book cover
Fashionistas by Chloe Walsh
Series: The Interns #1
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: May 1, 2008
Source/Format: Bought || Paperback

Fashion—it's an obsession for millions. But for four lucky, talented girls, fashion is a full-time, style-transforming . . . internship in New York City! Some might call it work, but as interns at high-end Couture magazine, Callie, Nadine, Ava, and Aynsley are workin' it in style. 

Callie Ryan: Innocent aspiring designer or claws-out fashion phony? 
Nadine Van Buren: Brings the party. Loves to party (even if it's a pity party). 
Ava Barton: Happy to be here . . . and about to take over! 
Aynsley Rothwell: Sexy socialite with a killer wardrobe—and the attitude to match. 

It was the year 2009 when I discovered fashion blogs and go an introductory (and impromptu) crash course into the world of fashion and fashion blogging. This interest has continued growing, including a renewed interest in magazines, clothes and looking good.

It was this, and the fact that the setting is in New York City, that had me wanting to read this book. I actually thought that it might not be as interesting as the premise suggested, that it might be a little young for me - but I was wrong.

The Interns: Fashionistas is similar to Gossip Girl, The Clique and The A List, only it revolves around four main characters who meet because of their internships at Couture magazine. The fashion aspect of the book is very well-written, although not delved into as much as I would have liked. It was interesting watching the girls face the challenges and rewards of the internship, as it would vary from day to day.

What was really great though was the portrayal of each of the four characters. Although I enjoyed Nadine's brash and outgoing personality and Ava's quiet talent and allure of mystery, my favorites were Callie and Aynsley.

I think I can relate to Callie's bewilderment as a girl from a small town plopped into the big City - an intimidation and a need to look equal to her fellow interns plays a role in many of the decisions she makes. But I also can appreciate her values (which come into play a bit) and her determination to pursue fashion as a career despite it's impracticality.

Aynsley, or Sly, on the other hand, is pretty much the embodiment of the girl I'd want to be - cool, sophisticated, sleek and still smart. She's just an interesting character to read about, plus, I think she would be the one with the fashion style I'd relate to the best.

The book follows the girls' ups and downs in the first few weeks of their internships - there are fights, secrets, lies, relationships, crushes, assignment mishaps and so much more. I found myself utterly absorbed in their world, immediately jumping into the intrigue with enthusiasm. In fact, I was sad when the book came to an end, leaving the reader with tons of questions (to be answered in the next book of the series, I'm sure!).

The Interns: Fashionistas is a fun, intriguing read and if you liked Gossip Girl, The A List or The Clique, you'll probably enjoy this book as well.


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