The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby

The Fashion Committee

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 t...

Title:The Fashion Committee
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ISBN:0451468783
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:307 pages

The Fashion Committee Reviews

  • Tatiana

    I think this would have been a better book without John's perspective. It diluted Charlie's much stronger story.

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)

    The Fashion Committee is a story about a fashion competition that had so much potential. The concept is so original, but I found the main characters to be annoying and unrealistic. I also didn’t enjoy the excessive use of random French words and the main character’s habit of referring to herself in the third person. I’m a bit disappointed with this one, but I would still recommend it to those with a strong interest in fashion.

    This book has a super unique concept that really interested me. Basica

    The Fashion Committee is a story about a fashion competition that had so much potential. The concept is so original, but I found the main characters to be annoying and unrealistic. I also didn’t enjoy the excessive use of random French words and the main character’s habit of referring to herself in the third person. I’m a bit disappointed with this one, but I would still recommend it to those with a strong interest in fashion.

    This book has a super unique concept that really interested me. Basically, there is a high-stakes fashion competition, and the winner receives free admission into an elite arts school. Of the two main characters, one is fashion obsessed and the other has no interest in the fashion industry. I found these two contrasting voices so enjoyable to read, since both candidates for the scholarship have such different motives. This book does an excellent job of demonstrating the fashion design process, and even contains some amazing drawings!

    One of my issues with this book is the way the main characters acted. First of all, there’s Charlie. She honestly sounded more like an old woman than a teenager to me, and I just couldn’t relate to her. John was better, but his character really bothered me. I get that the scholarship is his only shot at getting into his dream school, but I didn’t like the way he posed as a fashion student. I would have been fine with it if he did all the fashion work himself, but he actually gets someone else to help him out. His dishonesty annoyed me, and I found it hard to root for him.

    Another aspect of this story that I didn’t enjoy so much is the way it’s written. Charlie is trying hard to learn French since it is the language that her favourite designers speak, so she throws some French vocabulary into her sentences. I found this to be fun and quirky at first, but after a while, seeing French words in every other sentence got distracting and annoying. Also, when Charlie is writing in her journal, she often refers to herself in the third person. This confused me for a while, since she kept switching from first to third person.

    The Fashion Committee is a book about a high-stakes fashion competition that I wish I could have loved. The main characters annoyed me, and the constant French vocabulary thrown in got old. However, if you are really interested in fashion, you would enjoy this book.

  • Meg Cabot

    Susan Juby is a joy. Her ability to blend humor with gut-wrenching emotion is one in a million. Another winner by one of my all time favorite authors.

  • Karyn Silverman

    A delight from start to finish. Trademark Juby -- all breezy and light sounding, full of dark depths, because life isn't all peaches and cream. Funny but mostly I teared up from heartbreak - there's a lot here. Addiction and resilience, issues of culture and class, all tied up in sequins and lace and a real respect for fashion. Easter egg love - the school is the one from her last book, which I read last year (?). I love too that all my expectations were wrong - it's not a romance. John's girlfr

    A delight from start to finish. Trademark Juby -- all breezy and light sounding, full of dark depths, because life isn't all peaches and cream. Funny but mostly I teared up from heartbreak - there's a lot here. Addiction and resilience, issues of culture and class, all tied up in sequins and lace and a real respect for fashion. Easter egg love - the school is the one from her last book, which I read last year (?). I love too that all my expectations were wrong - it's not a romance. John's girlfriend is not a terrible person. There were several moment where I thought I knew what would happen, because tropes, and I was wrong every time. Magnifique!

    The cover, however, should be taken out at dawn and shot. It is 100% terrible (in a French accent, a la Charlie Dean) and does the book 0 favors. Awful. Someone failed to understand either this book or the ideal audience.

  • Melanie (Novel Descent)

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    was much better than I had anticipated. I am not the biggest fan of light contemporary but this had a wonderful balance.

    This book started off as your typical, light contemporary novel. It was exactly what I was expecting a

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    was much better than I had anticipated. I am not the biggest fan of light contemporary but this had a wonderful balance.

    This book started off as your typical, light contemporary novel. It was exactly what I was expecting and that was fine. However, part-way through the story the characters were revealed more and more and their backstory started coming out. They were dealing with drug addicted parents, self-esteem issues and poverty. It went deeper than I had anticipated but not so deep that when you are finished with the book you feel completely drained and depressed.

    This book is a dual perspective of two people trying to get into an arts school by winning a fashion show. Our first perspective is from Charlie (short for Charlene) is a very eccentric character. She is very passionate, borderline obsessed with fashion. She is constantly trying to build herself up and gear up for her life in the fashion world. This, of course, means she is learning very questionable French from Google Language. She dropped a lot of random French through-out the book and the funny thing was is that I didn't find it distracting. Her fit her oddball character and her desperation for fitting into the fashion world. Making a name for herself. I thought Charlie was wonderful and I liked that she really wasn't a mean person at all. Competitive, yes - mean, no.

    The other character along on this journey is John. He's got the bad boy vibe going - though he doesn't come from a stereotypical broken home. He has loving supportive grandparents that would do anything for him. However, he still has a chip on his shoulder. He's resentful, selfish, and a bit of a jerk. I have no idea how the author made me like this character but she did. John just seemed authentic. He's young and makes rash and selfish decisions - that makes sense to me. He's not a horrible person - just someone trying to figure themselves out and making some poor decisions along the way. I didn't find him as complex or interesting of a character as Charlie but it was still interesting watching his part of the story unfold.

    The side characters were mostly great in this one. I was drawn to Mischa the most and my heart ached many times for that woman. She just seemed so lost and broken and I wanted it all to be ok for her in the end. I felt her character was very well-written - even if a few times Mischa and Charlie were in some more unrealistic situations.

    The last thing that I adored about this book is that it's Canadian. I didn't notice that when I first picked it up but there are many references to Canada, so you pick up on that the author must be from there pretty quickly. I mean, is it wrong to get happy over a Tim Horton's reference or two?

    Great book that has some more mature themes than it first presents itself. I guess this probably falls somewhere between light contemporary and realistic contemporary but the author made it work. I recommend checking this out if it sounds appealing at all.

  • Jen Ryland

    I wasn't sure about

    at first. It's told in a journal format, narrated by two characters who are competing for a scholarship to a fashion school.

    The female narrator, Charlie, was a bit of an oddball. She writes her entries in Franglish (English sprinkled with somewhat questionable French) and her prose had a stilted sort of quality. At first I thought her narration might drive me nuts, but its soon became clear that she's a kid who's had a hard life, and I realized that all

    I wasn't sure about

    at first. It's told in a journal format, narrated by two characters who are competing for a scholarship to a fashion school.

    The female narrator, Charlie, was a bit of an oddball. She writes her entries in Franglish (English sprinkled with somewhat questionable French) and her prose had a stilted sort of quality. At first I thought her narration might drive me nuts, but its soon became clear that she's a kid who's had a hard life, and I realized that all her put-ons - the overly formal way of speaking, the Google-translated French, the costume-y clothes she sews herself - are her armor against the unpredictabilty of her world.

    The male narrator is John. He's not really a fashion designer, more of a metalwork artist, but is entering because he really needs the scholarship. He's in a sort of friend triangle with another girl and a guy. She's in love with John and Guy #2 is in love with her. The competition was fun and

    inspired, which I loved. And I thought the characters and plot were quirky in a good way, meaning that what would typically happen in a YA book ... didn't.

    This one won't be for everyone, but if you love

    and stories on the quirkier side, you should definitely give this one a try!

    Please

  • Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)

    This book took me by complete surprise!! I wasn't sure what I was expecting going into it, but it became this fun, entertaining, happy little daffodil of a book for me.

    First, we have Charlie Dean. She's--- well, she's odd and driven and lives for fashion. When I first started the book, I wasn't sure I was going to like Charlie and I kind of unders

    This book took me by complete surprise!! I wasn't sure what I was expecting going into it, but it became this fun, entertaining, happy little daffodil of a book for me.

    First, we have Charlie Dean. She's--- well, she's odd and driven and lives for fashion. When I first started the book, I wasn't sure I was going to like Charlie and I kind of understood why she didn't have many (or any) friends. But after a while, her quirks and optimism grew on me. Also, she's brutally honest and it's hard for me to fault someone for that kind of honesty.

    I really liked Charlie's backstory and her relationship with her addict father. She wasn't angry at him like a lot of kids would be in that situation. She had clarity and vision that was beyond her years, and I think that's when I really started rooting for her.

    Next, there was John-- he was flawed for sure. He's not into fashion, but wants to go to Green Pastures Art School for metal work. I liked him despite his negativity and weaknesses. I didn't always agree with his actions, but he had redeemable qualities that made up for them.

    FASHION. So yes, this is a book about a fashion show, and we DO get descriptions of what goes down the runway-- but I wanted outfits throughout. There is some description of Charlie Dean's suits that she always wore, but after a while I got bored with those. If she's so fashionable, why is she always wearing the same thing?

    The ending also didn't blow me away. This book felt a little like a Cinderella story and I didn't get my fairy tale ending.

  • Lola  Reviewer

    One star because juvenile writing and cheating. Dude has a great girlfriend who is nothing but good to him, and yet, he forgets her in a snap of fingers when a ''gorgeous'' girl starts paying attention to him. It's okay to feel attracted to somebody else, but it's not okay to act on it when you're already in a relationship. Come on.

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