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Author: Bianca Turetsky
Other books in series or Standalone: right now it is a standalone, but the author’s bio in the back leads us to believe it will be a series!
First Impressions: Time travel plus fashion plus THE TITANIC? YES PLEASE! I have always loved the idea of clothing being a sciencefictionish technological instrument either as an invisibility cloak, or a magical pair of flattering jeans, or dresses that transport the wearer to another time. Bravo should totally do a Sci-Fi version of Project Runway…
Last Impressions: I liked the book, but I thought it was a bit predictable. However, the main character, Louise, was very sweet and passionate about pursuing her hobby of collecting vintage clothing. I totally want to be friends with her so we can put on flapper dresses and have dance parties (however, I would prefer NOT to put on Edwardian dresses and hang out on doomed, sinking ships with her…)
Favorite Part (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT): I loved when Louise and Ann (a maid on the Titanic) visited the ship’s gymnasium–I know! Who knew the Titanic had a gym? Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio never hung out in there. The thought of working out in mountains of underclothes, a corset, a long dress, gloves and jewelry kinda makes me wanna fall over…My other favorite part was the fashion illustrations by Sandra Suy! SO GLAMOROUS! And tragic. I found that learning about the clothing worn by the Titanic’s victims and survivors made the tragedy feel that much more human.
Least Favorite Part: It took sooooo long for Louise to realize that she was on the Titanic which made me very very anxious (and slightly annoyed).
Thoughts on the bookcover: Beautiful! I am always a sucker for covers with beautiful dresses and I am LOVING the current trend of using a hand-lettered look for the title. The cover looks fun and shiny and romantic–just like the story!
An ideal place to read this book: while you are waiting in line for the AMAZING Titanic Exhibit at the Putnam Museum!
Dream Cast: Louise would be played by Sierra McCormick of Disney’s new show, ANT Farm, or Joey King who played Ramona in Ramona & Beezus.
People who should read this: Although enjoyed by all ages, I would say this book would most interest younger teens. Especially those into fashion or history (or both!)