The Time-Traveling Fashionista [NOOK Book]

Overview

Features full page fashion illustrations throughout (on color devices, these are viewable in rich four color!)

What if a beautiful dress could take you back in time?

Fashion-obsessed Louise Lambert knows everything about the late-great clothing designers and anything vintage. When she receives a ...
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The Time-Traveling Fashionista

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Overview

Features full page fashion illustrations throughout (on color devices, these are viewable in rich four color!)

What if a beautiful dress could take you back in time?

Fashion-obsessed Louise Lambert knows everything about the late-great clothing designers and anything vintage. When she receives a mysterious invitation to the Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale, Louise is so there!

Marla and Glenda, two eerie salesladies, convince Louise to don a glittering evening gown, and poof! she finds herself transported onboard a luxurious cruise ship in 1912. Louise relishes the glamorous life and decadent closets of this opulent era until she realizes- she's on the Titanic!

Will Louise be able to save herself and change the course of history, or is she destined to go down with the ship?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Seventh-grader Louise Lambert—obsessed with vintage clothing, but with only a few vintage outfits to her name—longs for excitement in her life. It arrives in the form of a mysterious invitation to the Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale. When Louise finds the perfect dress there with the help of some eccentric saleswomen, she discovers that the "traveling" part of the sale is literal: upon trying on the dress, Louise passes out and awakens in the body of Alice Baxter (the dress's former owner), a silent film star and currently a passenger on the Titanic. At first Louise enjoys her luxurious new life, not to mention wardrobe, but when she realizes she is on the ill-fated ship, she is up against the clock to either change the course of history or return home before it's too late. First in a planned series, Turetsky's debut breezily incorporates past and current pop culture references; with a spunky main character and breathless descriptions of glamorous clothing, it's entertaining wish fulfillment for those as fashion-focused as Louise. Suy contributes full-color illustrations, not seen by PW. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)
Seventeen.com
"...The story begins when Louise, a stylish seventh-grader from Connecticut, tries on a dress at a vintage sale that used to belong to a film star. Then suddenly, she's transported, and becomes a passenger on [a] massively luxurious cruise ship in a sea of glamorous people with gorgeous clothes. The story takes tons of twists and turns as Louise figures out whether her alter-ego can change history and stop the ship from sinking. So, bottom line: totally recommend! Plus, the pencil sketches of gowns throughout the book give it a very reading-your-awesome-best-friend's-diary feel."
author of THE DAUGHTERS series Joanna Philbin
"The Time Traveling Fashionista had me under its spell from the first page. It whisked me back in time to an era of impeccable manners, glamorous people, and of course, gorgeous clothes. Debut author Bianca Turetsky has begun an amazing new series."
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Louise's love of vintage clothing leads her to answer an invitation for a sale at a building she's never seen before in her suburban neighborhood. She's searching for the perfect dress for her seventh-grade dance but instead she's whisked back onto the Titanic after trying on a gown worn on the ship. She becomes its owner, Miss Baxter, a 17-year-old actress traveling with her uncle. She enlists the help of the maid she befriends to warn the crew about their fate, but the two aren't taken seriously. Famous passengers are name-dropped but not fully developed. Fictional ones, such as the maid, fare better. Although the panic after the ship hits the iceberg is vivid, the plot seems to exist to point out details of the vessel and, especially, the clothing of the time. There is no endnote to distinguish fact from fiction. The writing is loose and bloated with unnecessary description and too much telling instead of showing. Marla and Glenda, the owners of the shop, are depicted in unflattering terms and referred to as witches even though the origin of their magic is never clear. Thirty full-color fashion illustrations add a lot to this book's appeal. It's unfortunate that the story isn't better written.—Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Uncomfortable with her body and braces, seventh-grader Louise Lambert spends her time sketching outfits and daydreaming about the day when she'll be glamorous. In between school and swim practice, she scours vintage shops and secondhand stores and teaches herself about fashion; she looks for both clothes and a connection to the women who wore them. While her classmates want to fit in, Louise wants to stand out, and she might just get her wish. After trying on a dress at a mysterious traveling vintage sale, she finds herself in another girl's (fashionable) shoes...on the Titanic. Typical time-traveling conflicts—sexism, clothing, class issues, altering the course of history—ensue. Though the dialogue is occasionally stiff, the relationships possess some depth. Debut author Turetsky portrays Louise as a girl caught between childhood fantasies—Louise's closet is "the only place left where she still felt the nervous anticipation that extraordinary and magical things could happen"—and the reality of growing up. While it doesn't cover any new territory, the novel's message of living life in the moment and accepting oneself provides some counterweight to the detailed fashion montage—presented throughout the book in delicate, color illustrations. Clothes, boys and adventure make for a quick series opener. (Fantasy. 11-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316180559
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Series: Time-Traveling Fashionista Series
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 121,920
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Bianca Turetsky is the author of the stylish Time-Traveling Fashionista series, which has been translated into nine languages. A graduate of Tufts University, Bianca managed the studio of artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel for the last ten years. She lives in a cozy studio apartment in Brooklyn, New York, that houses her very extensive and much-loved vintage collection.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Classically whimsical

    I absolutely loved this book! I started reading a copy of it at American Eagle Outfitters, and I liked it so much that I purchased a copy. This book is amazing, and I recommend that you read it. If the first book was THIS GOOD, I'm actually afraid to find out how the sequel will turn out. Your money will not be wasted. Check out the sample, and the artwork! Gorgeous!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Highly Recommended- Must Read Book

    I highly recommend this book. If your into fashion then this is the book for you. The pictures are amazing for fashion lovers, and really gives you a great idea in your head of whats happening. If you think that's it is confusing because of it's flashback to the titanic, it's not because the little details and events really transform this book into something fantastic. When i began to read this book i couldn't put it down and soon i finished it. I'm so glad that the author is writing the next book in the series because after all this book was great and i can't wait for the next one in April. Even if your not into fashon this is a wonderful, funfilled, and extrodinary book. It's a must see adventure for all.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    I've been hearing about The Time-Traveling Fashionista since it

    I've been hearing about The Time-Traveling Fashionista since it first came out and literally been wanting to read it since then as well! But I had no idea it was a middle grade book! A few months ago I spotted a copy of it at the bookstore and when I flipped through it I was shocked to find such beautiful illustrations and I knew that I had to read it!

    I loved the characterization of Louise! She's this girl who is born into a wealthy family whose mom would buy her whatever clothing she wanted but she always chooses to search endlessly though thrift stores and vintage shop because she is obsessed with fashion. She's a somewhat geeky seventh grader who hasn't grown into her body yet. Even though she enjoys her life she wishes that there was a little more adventure. She gets invited to a traveling vintage sale her whole world changes!

    I loved the part when she was on the Titanic! I loved the mix of historical fiction and modern touches throughout the story. I love everything about the Titanic so this book was especially fun for me! The famous, glamorous people, beautiful, old fashioned dressed and not enough life boats for everyone. As much as Louise was trying to be the famous actress that everyone thought she was she was also very much herself. She formed a friendship with her maid and possibly saved her life in the end. It was a very fun story and I'm so glad that the series is going to continue! I give The Time-Traveling Fashionista 4 hearts because who doesn't want to read about a teenager who time travels just by putting on a vintage dress!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo

    Louise loves vintages clothes. She can't believe her luck when an invitation arrives to a traveling vintage fashion sale. The invitation is just in time, as she needs a dress to wear to the seventh-grade dance. She drags along her best friend and searches the racks until she finds a pink dress that calls to her. At first, the two saleswomen hesitate at her trying on the dress, but then they change their minds. As soon as Louise puts on the dress, she stumbles into a time-warp where she becomes a Hollywood star from the early 1900's. At first, everything is wonderful, as Alice Baxter is gorgeous and owns the most wonderful clothes. Soon, though, Louise realizes that the ship she's traveling across the ocean on is the Titanic. Louise must figure out how to save herself from one of history's most tragic disasters. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the vintage feel of the dresses, the elegance of the ship, and the differences between Louise and Alice. I also liked reading about the luxury of the ship and the differences in classes. I found Louise to be charming, sweet, smart, resourceful, determined, and a girl with a wicked sense of fashion. The artwork in the book is amazing, full of beautiful dresses that spark the imagination. I'm looking forward to reading about more of Louise's adventures.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Wow

    This is an amazing book with a great plot and mind - boggling description about an average teen in a kind of average life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Cat

    One of the worst books I ever read. I did not even read the whole thing and I still knew it was a bad book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Book

    I LOVE this book!! Its a must buy!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Not the best book I've read

    Throughout the book I liked some parts and disliked other parts, but it wasn't the worst book I've either. Honestly I thought yhat the theme could've been based somewhere else other then the Titantic. I would recommend this book to anyone who storys with a combintation of fiction and non-fiction.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

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    A trip to the past you will want to enjoy!

    Louise, a twelve-year-old from Connecticut, is just your ordinary 7th grader--well as ordinary as any young lady who has a strong passion for vintage clothing, can name the top celebrities during Hollywood's Golden Age, and instantly recognizes her favorite fashion designers from lavish eras long-past. When an mysterious invitation arrives at her home that personally invites her to a Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale, Louise eagerly jumps at the opportunity to find the perfect dress for her upcoming school dance. Hoping for something totally unique and very special, Louise is thrilled to try on her luxurious vintage discover to only find herself transported back in time to the year 1912 instead. Now, unknowingly, on board the ill-fated Titanic voyage to New York City as seventeen-year-old Miss. Alice Baxter, Louise can actually experience her life-long fantasy of being a famous Old Hollywood actress while meeting such famous figures as Mr. Guggenheim and Mrs. Astor. Her first-class treatment opens up a world of fashion opportunities that Louise could only dream of. Yet, as more people begin to catch on to Miss. Baxter/Louise's unusual behaviors (ex. breaking customs to become friends with her maid, using modern terminology throughout her conversations, and an oddly eager appetite at dinner) and Louise, herself, discovers just which doomed ship she is currently on--a heart-thumping race to try to change history, figure out how to get back to her own time, and keep safe from the authorities who believe she is simultaneously deranged and a witch begins. This was an adorable read that kept me enchanted throughout. Louise was so mature and had such fascinating interests that it was difficult to believe she was only twelve. She was very level-headed about her adventure into the past and the family connection at the end of the book, in regards to her Titanic trip, was very clever. The overall moral of the tale was to appreciate what you have, for sometimes the grass isn't always greener on the other side. All in all, a entertaining and fanciful story that offered some colorful insights into a unfortunate time in history for a younger audience. Regardless of your passion for days gone by, The Time-Traveling Fashionista is a trip to the past you will want to enjoy!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Wonderful

    Must read for any girl who loves fashion, vintage, adventure, or the titanic!!!!! Great book!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Been waiting for this book! Love vintage fashion!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    LOVE This Book!

    After seeing a later book in this series in the store, I decided to check this one out of the public library. I immediately fell in love this Louise- she's funny, smart, and your average 12 year old girl (AND a swimmer!) but she has an obsession with vintage fashion. I not only learned more about fashion and enjoyed a jaunt on the Titanic, but I adored the beautiful illustrations! This book may be written for tween-teenaged girls, but this 26-year old loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    To below

    Go die in a hole. RIGHT NOW!!! WHY AREN'T YOU DOING IT?!?!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    To below

    No. It stinks. I hate it.
    Lennon

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    I love fashion

    Should i get a sample and see how it is is it worth th money?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Anonymous

    I am a total fasionista and this book is like a bible! I llllllllllllllloooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeee it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Pre-teen Read

    Great pre-teen read. Read it because of all they hype about the illustrations. So-so from an adult standpoint. Expected much more fromt the illustrations, and writing was very dumbed down for adults and teens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    JMK

    I really hope this is a good book....i might buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Anonymous

    Good, but I advise you to purchase this book in print. The vivid art decorating the pages doesn't work nearly as well with the ebook style as it does in hard copy form. It's much more enjoyable in book format.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Great

    5 stars for sure

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