Breakfast at Bloomingdales's

Breakfast at Bloomingdales's

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by Kristen Kemp
     
 

What's it take for a girl to make it in the big city? A sense of humor, a sense of self, and a desire to succeed in fashion. A stylish novel for teen PROJECT RUNWAY and DEVIL WEARS PRADA fans.

Kat's come to New York City with a dream: to be a big fashion designer and to see her name on a label in Bloomingdale's. Back in upstate New York, she imagined a city

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What's it take for a girl to make it in the big city? A sense of humor, a sense of self, and a desire to succeed in fashion. A stylish novel for teen PROJECT RUNWAY and DEVIL WEARS PRADA fans.

Kat's come to New York City with a dream: to be a big fashion designer and to see her name on a label in Bloomingdale's. Back in upstate New York, she imagined a city paved in Prada . . . but the reality isn't quite so fashionable. Still, there are friends to be made, boys to be flirted with, and amazements to be found . . . sometimes when she least expects it. Even when her lame hick boyfriend from back home comes to the city to try to reclaim her, Kat knows she's found her place . . . now all she has to do is have the place find her back.

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Children's Literature - Michele DeCamp
The premise of Kemp's novel sounds like a guaranteed page-turner: A teenage girl's grandmother passes away before she is able to help her transition to life in New York City as a budding fashion designer, and so the protagonist, whose own mother has no sense of how to parent, must go to the city alone and make her way without a high school diploma, without a guardian, and without her sewing machine. However, the real story is completely disjointed and does the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's a disservice by alluding to its name in the title. The protagonist, Junebug, who goes by the alias Cat Zappe while in NYC, is a mean-spirited teenage girl who likes to put people down with animal-inspired insults. She calls her mother a heifer, a monkey and a pig over the course of the story, and while her mother is certainly not going to be winning any parenting awards, Junebug's reaction to her seems equally as cruel as her mother's lack of concern for her. The entire novel is one odd occurrence after another, and none of the interactions except for the flashbacks between Junebug and her grandmother Nina seem fully realized or even partially believable. In addition the story behind her grandmother's death is a complete let down after Junebug has alluded to the fact that her heart attack was a lie for over half the novel. Also her time in the city, which focuses on her attempts to win a design competition, seems more like an advertisement for NYC shopping than a true coming-of-age experience. Some young adult novels can have a wise-cracking narrator and completely captivate readers. Holden is still kicking around in book bags across the world because of his interesting views on life, butJunebug has no real insights to share, and her rejection of those around her and their subsequent rejections of her, make a novel that could have been a fun romp through the fashion world or an interesting look at a dysfunctional family into a story that goes back and forth between the two with dismal results. Reviewer: Michele DeCamp

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439809870
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Breakfast at Bloomingdales's 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most boring books I've ever read. The characters, especially the main character, seemed to egotistic. I started disliking the book after the first chapter. Just awful.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Kat's world is rapidly changing and she's following her and her grandmother's dream or creating their own fashion line.

For as long as she can remember, it's been just her and her grandmother, Nina, sewing up a storm. Nina became her surrogate mother, as her own mom never appreciated having a child. Now, Nina has died, leaving Kat all alone in the world, with just a plan at having her fashion line Breakfast appear at Bloomingdale's.

Kat's moved all of her belongings that Nina left her to New York City to follow their dreams.

But things don't always seem to go as planned. Her boyfriend, who was going with her, decided against the move. Now Kat's headed to the city, determined to tackle everything on her own. Can she make her dreams come true?

What kind of determination does it take to follow your own dreams? Kristen Kemp pens an emotionally charged tale of a girl doing everything in her power to hold on to her dreams, the only thing that makes sense in her life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kat's world is rapidly changing and she's following her and her grandmother's dream or creating their own fashion line. For as long as she can remember, it's been just her and her grandmother, Nina, sewing up a storm. Nina became her surrogate mother, as her own mom never appreciated having a child. Now, Nina has died, leaving Kat all alone in the world, with just a plan at having her fashion line Breakfast appear at Bloomingdale's. Kat's moved all of her belongings that Nina left her to New York City to follow their dreams. But things don't always seem to go as planned. Her boyfriend, who was going with her, decided against the move. Now Kat's headed to the city, determined to tackle everything on her own. Can she make her dreams come true? What kind of determination does it take to follow your own dreams? Kristen Kemp pens an emotionally charged tale of a girl doing everything in her power to hold on to her dreams, the only thing that makes sense in her life. **Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, the beginning of the book was really hard to understand and sorta depressing. But I liked knowing how she made it to New York to start a fashion line that her dead best friend dreamed of. So her memory would'live on'.