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What if a beautiful vintage dress could take you back in time? Louise Lambert has always dreamed of movie starlets and exquisite gowns and longs for the day when she can fill the closet of her normal suburban home with stylish treasures. But when she receives a mysterious invitation to a vintage fashion sale in the mail, her once painfully average life is magically transfor What if a beautiful vintage dress could take you back in time? Louise Lambert has always dreamed of movie starlets and exquisite gowns and longs for the day when she can fill the closet of her normal suburban home with stylish treasures. But when she receives a mysterious invitation to a vintage fashion sale in the mail, her once painfully average life is magically transformed into a time-travel adventure. Suddenly onboard a luxurious cruise ship a hundred years ago, Louise relishes the glamorous life of this opulent era and slips into a life of secrets, drama, and decadence. . . . Dreamy and imaginative, The Time-Traveling Fashionista features thirty full-color fashion illustrations to show gorgeous dresses and styles throughout history.


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What if a beautiful vintage dress could take you back in time? Louise Lambert has always dreamed of movie starlets and exquisite gowns and longs for the day when she can fill the closet of her normal suburban home with stylish treasures. But when she receives a mysterious invitation to a vintage fashion sale in the mail, her once painfully average life is magically transfor What if a beautiful vintage dress could take you back in time? Louise Lambert has always dreamed of movie starlets and exquisite gowns and longs for the day when she can fill the closet of her normal suburban home with stylish treasures. But when she receives a mysterious invitation to a vintage fashion sale in the mail, her once painfully average life is magically transformed into a time-travel adventure. Suddenly onboard a luxurious cruise ship a hundred years ago, Louise relishes the glamorous life of this opulent era and slips into a life of secrets, drama, and decadence. . . . Dreamy and imaginative, The Time-Traveling Fashionista features thirty full-color fashion illustrations to show gorgeous dresses and styles throughout history.

30 review for The Time-Traveling Fashionista On Board the Titanic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kim Baccellia

    Fun premise but too much backstory at the beginning and other pop references held it back. I did love the illustations of the gowns that are throughout the book. Just wished book had less backstory and started with more action.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily S.

    Let me just start by saying that I adore books where fashion (and especially high fashion) is incorporated. When I saw a giveaway on Goodreads for this one, I just knew I was destined to have it. Well, I didn't win it from Goodreads. I was terribly bummed, because seriously, this book was written for me. Luckily, a blogger friend of mine had some books that she wasn't able to get to for reviews and asked me to take them on, which of course, I was happy to do. Hello, books! Anyway, this was one of Let me just start by saying that I adore books where fashion (and especially high fashion) is incorporated. When I saw a giveaway on Goodreads for this one, I just knew I was destined to have it. Well, I didn't win it from Goodreads. I was terribly bummed, because seriously, this book was written for me. Luckily, a blogger friend of mine had some books that she wasn't able to get to for reviews and asked me to take them on, which of course, I was happy to do. Hello, books! Anyway, this was one of them, and a total treasure! I loved it. It was one of those books that I finished in a couple of hours because I couldn't put it down. It was just so well done. Even though our heroine is a mere twelve years old, I adored her (not to say that I don't like 12-year olds in general, but I usually steer clear of young characters like that in literature). She was well-developed, had a killer fashion sense (she recognized Lucile!! LUCILE!! I would almost literally kill for a Lucile piece, not that I could ever afford one), and is just plain fun. Besides that, she tries her hardest to rewrite history (which, granted, she didn't know much about because she has the worst stereotype of a history teacher EVER) by saving the Titanic. All in all, makes for a sweet read. Now let's talk about the physical book: it's GORGEOUS. I can't tell you this enough times. The book itself is literally one of the most beautiful books I've ever laid my hands on. It's illustrated with the most fantastic fashion designs ever. It was eye-candy, I tell you. I LOVED going back over and over and over the illustrations. I also loved the inclusion of quotations from noted fashion personalities. I just really really really liked this book. I'm giving it my 'pick me' rating, and I think you should pick it too!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    This was a cute story about Louise Lambert, a 12 year old with a passion for vintage fashions. That passion leads her to get a special invitation to a vintage fashion shop run by two very odd ladies. Louise finds a very pretty pink number amongst the racks and when she tries it on she’s suddenly transported back in time to the Titanic. Admittedly, I was drawn into this story by the title and cover. Maybe my expectations were a bit on the high side for the book because of the exterior, but I just This was a cute story about Louise Lambert, a 12 year old with a passion for vintage fashions. That passion leads her to get a special invitation to a vintage fashion shop run by two very odd ladies. Louise finds a very pretty pink number amongst the racks and when she tries it on she’s suddenly transported back in time to the Titanic. Admittedly, I was drawn into this story by the title and cover. Maybe my expectations were a bit on the high side for the book because of the exterior, but I just found this “okay”. The story had promise, but I found the beginning a little dull. It seemed like it took a while for the story to get to the good bit. The Titanic part of the story was interesting though and made up for the first part of the story. I liked that Turetsky included historical figures and their story into the book without being heavy handed about it. I also liked that Turetsky creatively incorporated pictures of the outfits described in the book. This was basically a lookbook with a story. The story part needed some improvement. One problem I had with the story is that I had to remind myself that Louise was 12 years old. When Louise is transported back in time she’s turned into Miss Baxter, a 17 year old actress. Obviously, the maturity levels differ, but I had a hard time reconciling Louise’s sometimes illogical behavior when she’s in the body of a 17 year old. Also, the story was just clunky at times. Some events and even some of the behavior of the characters felt forced. I found this book through B&N and I can’t remember now if it was marked as young adult. I would mark this one more middle grade. I know I maybe a bit harsh in my assessment of the story, but I do think younger girls would enjoy this series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)

    I'm being a little generous with my rating because it definitely read too young for me, but I don't want to knock down the rating just because I wasn't the intended audience. Especially when I know Young Elyse would have loved this. This book is physically beautiful. I had no idea there'd be colorful pictures and I loved seeing the dresses that were described. I also really liked the idea of a seventh grade girl being super into vintage clothing. And really- putting on a vintage dress and being t I'm being a little generous with my rating because it definitely read too young for me, but I don't want to knock down the rating just because I wasn't the intended audience. Especially when I know Young Elyse would have loved this. This book is physically beautiful. I had no idea there'd be colorful pictures and I loved seeing the dresses that were described. I also really liked the idea of a seventh grade girl being super into vintage clothing. And really- putting on a vintage dress and being transported back in time to when that dress was from? Genius! Not kidding when I say Young Elyse would have been all about this. Even current me was wishing there was something just like this written for an older audience. I was just going to sell this to a secondhand store, but I feel like this is one of those rare gems that needs a good home. I'll be asking around to see any of my friends' daughters are into vintage clothing or the Titanic.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Louise is a vintage loving, classic movie fan. Basically me, so insta-love with her there, but her age made her a little too naïve for my liking. It is a great middle grade book, and probably best for someone who still doesn't know much about the Titanic.

  6. 4 out of 5

    LaNona

    3 stars! I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure and I can't wait to start reading the rest of the series!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Nealy

    It was cute! I would of loved it if I had read it when I was twelve though. The best part were the pictures, I loved all the different dresses that the ladies wore in the 1900's!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Saturday's Child

    A quick read because it had the Titanic in the plot. I am sure I would have enjoyed it more if I had of read it as a young teen, but I did enjoy the fashion illustrations.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica-Robyn

    I was caught a little off guard by this Fashionista, but not in a good way. Saying this was okay is about a positive as I can get. Its negatives more than outweighed its positives and left me unsatisfied for such a promising concept. To start with, a third person narrative is a difficult sell for most readers, but when done right it can work wonders. However, in terms of a character driven story with a lot of emoting, the third person felt out of place. It didn't add anything to the storytelling I was caught a little off guard by this Fashionista, but not in a good way. Saying this was okay is about a positive as I can get. Its negatives more than outweighed its positives and left me unsatisfied for such a promising concept. To start with, a third person narrative is a difficult sell for most readers, but when done right it can work wonders. However, in terms of a character driven story with a lot of emoting, the third person felt out of place. It didn't add anything to the storytelling and was choppy to read at various points throughout the book. Sometimes it worked, but when it didn't it left me feeling disconnected. My next big problem was the pacing of the plot. It was slower than I would have ever expected for a story about time travel. Act one is a lot of build up and back story, but I expected things to pick up once the time travel came into play. Once that happens though, it's followed by a lot of meaningless events, meaningless conversation, and meaningless characters, which quickly grew tiring. The event that should have brought the biggest jolt of energy was more or less a let down. And this is where the pacing got really wonky, once the third act hits everything started happening all at once. It was unbalanced, and although I appreciate that things had finally picked up, it left the book feeling very back heavy. By this point it had already lost me and what I got as reward didn't seem worth it. Another negative was, unfortunately, the main character. Louise is twelve years old with a school dance right around the corner. In her search for the perfect vintage dress she gets a mysterious invite to a vintage sale which ends up being more exciting then she could have ever expected. Louise is a good character, but I just couldn't connect to her voice. I didn't feel invested in her, and she didn't give me a lot to work with. I had to keep reminding myself that she was only twelve but her silly worries about being discovered and flip-floppy thoughts about having traveled through time were just uninteresting. Not necessarily bad by any means, but just very uninteresting for me to read about. This leads into my final complaint which was the surprise I got when I discovered for myself that this is in fact middle grade fiction. I don't care what anyone says, library shelvers included, this is the type of story I can see greatly appealing to a younger audience then the older set I think of when it comes to Young Adult. The tone of the story and the reading level skew younger then I was expecting and that effected my reading. Had I known going into this that it was aimed towards a lower age range then myself I could have deduced that I might not find this comparable with the books that I am currently loving. That could have been a red flag that I would've appreciated. Despite all of that, there were some redeeming qualities. The book is beautifully printed with some wonderful full colour pages. Along with these there are also excellent full page colour drawings of each outfit, and there are a lot of pretty outfits. Both of these elements were very well done and gave a lot of life to the book itself. With all of that said, I won't be reading the upcoming sequel The Time-Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette but I can see this being a series that a younger girl who is into fashion would just love to pieces. The vocabulary is light and easy to read, with a protagonist that can only grow as the series progresses. This was just so clearly not my thing but with a cover so pretty and concept so intriguing it was hard to pass up. Overall, It wasn't bad but by my standards it wasn't good, just okay. Maybe with all my complaints it's on the lower end of okay, but still okay.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids

    This wonderful debut ties together fashion, vintage clothing and traveling back in time fabulously. It makes me want to run out to my nearest vintage clothing store and look for each of the dresses that are so visually appealing with the books beautifully illustrated pictures. Although I've come to realize with in the first few sentences of the book that twelve year old Fashionista, Louise has way more fashion appeal than I do, and ever will. I love that this spunky seventh grader is not a slave This wonderful debut ties together fashion, vintage clothing and traveling back in time fabulously. It makes me want to run out to my nearest vintage clothing store and look for each of the dresses that are so visually appealing with the books beautifully illustrated pictures. Although I've come to realize with in the first few sentences of the book that twelve year old Fashionista, Louise has way more fashion appeal than I do, and ever will. I love that this spunky seventh grader is not a slave to the latest trend, but has an eye for fashion. I admire this empowering trait, as Louise is so secure with who she is and what she likes, that she embraces it. I think that in itself is a wonderful message for readers of all ages. I would love to go shopping with her. This lovable character shops vintage, scouring her local thrift shop in search of the perfect dress, and clothing. Something happens when she goes to try on a gorgeous pink vintage dress. Louise finds herself back in 1912, on an elegant cruise ship bound for NY, the Titanic. If that isn't fancy enough, she goes back in time as Miss Baxter, a beautiful silent movie start from England. It was amazing reading about Louise's adventures and seeing through her eyes what it was like being there. From mingling with some of society's most elite members, to the descriptions of her suite and the ship to the way society was then, all of the descriptions brought the story and the time period to life. Louise and her maid Anna became unlikely heroines when tragedy strikes the Titanic. The way Bianca ties together fashion & history and centers it around the adventures of a twelve year old girl was captivating. I loved the vintage feel of the story and how it was brought to life with it's gorgeous illustrations! It was like looking at drawings from the early 1900's. I love this quote from Louise's invitation to the elite group of women called Fashionista. "It takes a special kind of person to realize that when you wear vintage you are carrying a bit of the past on your body, and the possibility that vintage can have an impact on your modern life. But there's also the responsibility that comes with this privilege of owning a piece of the past." I think that sums up what Louise learned on her adventure on the Titanic. There are a lot of things I really enjoyed about this story. It's a wonderfully written, clean cut book that readers from middle grade on up will enjoy. I am really looking forward to reading Louise's next adventure. I highly recommend picking this book up.

  11. 4 out of 5

    kelly Fuller

    Oh, girls.... you are gonna love, love, love this one! The Time Traveling Fashionista is the PERFECT YA novel for girls. It has everything! An adventurous story? Yep! Full color illustrations of fabulous clothes? Uh-huh. Time Travel? Yeppers. Mysterious characters who keep you guessing? Yes! A main character any girl can identify with? Sure! There is even a history lesson included in this majorly addictive novel. Seriously, it has everything! And best of all! It's going to be a series! Yay! More Oh, girls.... you are gonna love, love, love this one! The Time Traveling Fashionista is the PERFECT YA novel for girls. It has everything! An adventurous story? Yep! Full color illustrations of fabulous clothes? Uh-huh. Time Travel? Yeppers. Mysterious characters who keep you guessing? Yes! A main character any girl can identify with? Sure! There is even a history lesson included in this majorly addictive novel. Seriously, it has everything! And best of all! It's going to be a series! Yay! More awesome-ness to come! (that's totally a word, shut up.) Louise Lambert is a girl who loves clothes. But she's not a "head-to-the-mall-and-buy-anything-Abercrombie" kinda girl. Louise likes the good stuff. She goes for vintage. Louise loves classic black and white movies and the glamorous actresses that star in them. But most of all, she loves the fashion. She searches Goodwill and thrift stores, finding a few special pieces that she cherishes above all the name brand modern clothing her mom buys her. Louise can't believe her luck when she receives a mysterious invitation to a Traveling Vintage Clothing Sale. The sale, run by two very strange and eccentric women, seems way to good to be true. What's their secret? Louise learns the answer when she tries on a magnificent pink gown and finds herself transformed, in more ways than one. I truly enjoyed The Time Traveling Fashionista. Bianca Turetsky is great at mixing modern culture with history. The storyline flows effortlessly, never boring the reader with unessential information. The thirty full color fashion illustrations are beautifully done. I truly cannot find one thing I didn't like about this book. Ms. Turetsky, I think you're gonna be a sensation!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This book was not only beautifully written with an enchanting plot line, but it was also wonderfully done. They contained 25 beautiful illustrations of historically accurate vintage dresses that the characters wore that tied it together the book with an elegant informative feeling. I have never read a book where I sat down and said, Wow there was nothing wrong with that book at all. There were no flaws, no imbalances, and I must say even though this is not my typical dark romance, it is one of t This book was not only beautifully written with an enchanting plot line, but it was also wonderfully done. They contained 25 beautiful illustrations of historically accurate vintage dresses that the characters wore that tied it together the book with an elegant informative feeling. I have never read a book where I sat down and said, Wow there was nothing wrong with that book at all. There were no flaws, no imbalances, and I must say even though this is not my typical dark romance, it is one of the top 3 favorite books. The characters were astounding, each one distinct, and unique. The main character Louise was a great heroic character that I would love to read more of, and the way many historical characters were depicted was astounding. The author added historical facts that are now permanently paved in my head because they were delivered so beautifully. Even though this book took place in a historical time and place the author somehow twisted the plot line into a flourishing drama. Overall this is the hands down best book I have read this year, and I was jumping with joy when I read in the about the author page, that she was working on the sequel!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liralen

    Cute. Louise loves vintage clothing, but she doesn't expect her vintage gowns to transport her back in time... I love the concept, but the execution was mixed. The book gets off to a bit of a slow start, with Louise trying very, very hard to prove to the reader that she loves All Things Vintage. When she tries on a dress that whisks her back almost a century, things pick up—but it takes Louise an awfully long time to figure out that she's on the Titanic. I'm torn on the way she acts—she acts her Cute. Louise loves vintage clothing, but she doesn't expect her vintage gowns to transport her back in time... I love the concept, but the execution was mixed. The book gets off to a bit of a slow start, with Louise trying very, very hard to prove to the reader that she loves All Things Vintage. When she tries on a dress that whisks her back almost a century, things pick up—but it takes Louise an awfully long time to figure out that she's on the Titanic. I'm torn on the way she acts—she acts her age, which is great, but she's twelve, so...so I have trouble believing that she manages to get away with as much as she does, considering that she's been thrust into the body of a famous 17-year-old in 1912. A little exhausting to see her shrieking and running around and so on. Still...the illustrations make up for a lot. Suy is a fashion illustrator, and her colourful pieces are scattered throughout the book, bringing the clothing descriptions home. I have no plans to read the rest of the series just now, but the illustrations definitely brought this one up a notch.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This is a cute book with a cute premise, a girl with a taste for vintage clothing and dresses that take her back to the time when they were made. I had a hard time buying Louise as a seventh grader and an even harder time beleiving that she could spend time in school studying the Titanic, then wake up in the body of an actress on board a White Star Line boat amid a crowd of famous people who died on the Titanic and still spend a day not realizing where she was. Instead she marvels at the fashion This is a cute book with a cute premise, a girl with a taste for vintage clothing and dresses that take her back to the time when they were made. I had a hard time buying Louise as a seventh grader and an even harder time beleiving that she could spend time in school studying the Titanic, then wake up in the body of an actress on board a White Star Line boat amid a crowd of famous people who died on the Titanic and still spend a day not realizing where she was. Instead she marvels at the fashions, and gushes over one of her favorite historical designers. She finally finds a ticket for the Titanic, recognizes the famous staircase from having seen the movie and even wishes Leonardo (di Carprio) was there with her and attempts to get people to listen to her and change course before it's too late. This book will appeal to girls who gush over clothing, and includes numerous full page spreads of vintage outfits.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cristina Monica

    This book was all fashion and cute and enjoyable. From the beginning, I got hooked. The story was interesting, the illustrations were amazing. I just wanted to skip the pages to see more of them (okay, I did it one or two times, but that's all). There was even a little romance, very little indeed but it was there. The main character was young but she wasn't acting all childish and I liked that. So...can't say I don't recommend it. ;)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Horner

    This book was definitely meant for younger readers, but I do love me some titanic based fiction. It was cute.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Gutierrez

    Really cute! I loved the drawings of the beautiful fashion designs from the era throughout the book. I just wished there was “more” from the actual Titanic part of the book. I don’t know what that “more” should have been exactly, I just felt like it could have been more than it was.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gelse Tecalero

    Do you like the Titanic? This book takes place on the Titanic. The genre of the book is Fantasy because Louise has a dream about the lady's dress she tries on. My opinion of the book is that it's interesting because the Louise is living someone else's life ad is learning about the person's life. The setting of the story is in the present and the past, Louise and her friend Brooke go to a vintage store and she tries on a dress for her school dance. She starts to get a little dizzy and falls on t Do you like the Titanic? This book takes place on the Titanic. The genre of the book is Fantasy because Louise has a dream about the lady's dress she tries on. My opinion of the book is that it's interesting because the Louise is living someone else's life ad is learning about the person's life. The setting of the story is in the present and the past, Louise and her friend Brooke go to a vintage store and she tries on a dress for her school dance. She starts to get a little dizzy and falls on the floor and when she wakes up she realizes that she's on the Titanic and she realizes that she's in the past and she is someone else's body and clothes and she has to act like the person she looks like so no one would question her. Later on Louise noticed the ship was gonna crash and warned the ship captain that it was gonna crash but he wouldn't listen. Then the people who controlled the ship told every one to put on life jackets and Louise needed to find a dress, she found the dress and ran back upstairs. Her friend Anna slipped off the ship and then Louise blacked out and noticed that she was back home with her real parents. The conflict is person vs. person because Louise tries to find a way to get back home and tries to make sure people don't find out that she's not the person that they think she is. I think the theme of this book is overcoming obstacles because in the story Louise tries to figure out a way to get back to her time and make sure no one finds out who she really is and tries to blend in with the others and act like the person she looks like. The third person point of view affects the story because there telling us what Louise is thinking and figuring out how to get back home and what she feels about being in the past without her real parents and her friend Brooke and how she's gonna solve the problem she's in. The major event that changed the character Louise is when she questions her maid/friend Anna about the person's body she's in and when the boat was about to hit something and her friend Anna slips off the boat. The setting adds to the conflict cause the Titanic was gonna hit ice and the captain said that everything was gonna be alright but Louise tries to find a way to warn everyone about it until they realize it. The setting of the book is important to the theme because Louise wants to get back home and figure out a way to go back to the present. I liked the way the author did his own plot to the Titanic because we usually read or hear the same thing from the movie and same phrase but the author made Louise have her own problems instead of the same problems we usually hear, like Louise had to find a way back home and to try to fit in with the others and be person she looks like and she cared about the other people on the ship to help them find a way to save themselves instead of thinking about herself first. I would rate this book 4 stars because it wasn't the same thing like the actual Titanic story and it had the character has her own problems and that she actually cared about her maid/friend Anna. I would recommend this book to people who liked the Titanic story and would want to read a different story plot instead of the same story plot.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    Fluffy, girly book with a history lesson thrown in. Louise loves vintage. She is building up a collection of vintage pieces and is excited when she receives an exclusive invitation to a vintage sale. After she picks out a beautiful, pink gown and tries it on though, she is transported back in time. Louise finds herself as famous Alice Baxter aboard the doomed ship Titanic. At first Louise doesn't even realize that she is on the Titanic. Everyone around her looks at her and sees Alice Baxter, but Fluffy, girly book with a history lesson thrown in. Louise loves vintage. She is building up a collection of vintage pieces and is excited when she receives an exclusive invitation to a vintage sale. After she picks out a beautiful, pink gown and tries it on though, she is transported back in time. Louise finds herself as famous Alice Baxter aboard the doomed ship Titanic. At first Louise doesn't even realize that she is on the Titanic. Everyone around her looks at her and sees Alice Baxter, but if Louise looks at herself in the mirror, she sees her skinny, 12-year-old self with shiny braces on her teeth. Since she doesn't realize the ship's name at first, she decides to assume the life of Miss Baxter, especially the exquisite gowns, accommodations, and first class service. Louise makes friends with Miss Baxter's servant girl, Anna, and she tries her best to get along with everyone else she encounters on board. She meets the owners of Macy's, a famous dress designer, and of course the captain of the ship, whom she confronts immediately upon realizing that they are on board the RMS Titanic. She gets dismissed as hysterical, but once the ship does hit the iceberg, Louise and Anna do their best to help as many people as they can. Louise awakens from her reverie in present time a few hours later. The two women who run the vintage sale are there, a long with her family and her best friend Brooke (who had accompanied her to the sale). Louise is now a time traveling fashionista and this book sets up a series. It looks like the next book will take Louise back to Marie Antoinette times (due out in April, 2012). Although I enjoyed the lightness of the book and the fashion, I thought the characterizations could have been better. The topic of the sinking of the Titanic is something that is not light, so paired with fashion and time travel, I thought there was a disjointing effect because I wanted to enjoy all the fashion talk, but I also knew that thousands of people were about to lose their lives. Louise learns the lessons of appreciating your current situation and she also learns much more about the sinking of the Titanic, but what else was really accomplished by her time traveling back to 1912? I guess I needed more clarification on why time traveling fashionistas exist, and why Louise needed to be recruited. There are going to be some illustrations in the final version of the book (I read an advance copy), so if anything I would like to see a final copy of the book just to get a look at the finished illustrations.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    Louise Lambert is just your ordinary seventh grader with a passion for vintage clothing. When she receives an elaborate invitation to a private vintage sale, she goes along, thinking she’ll fine a dress for her school formal. Instead, trying on a beautiful pink gown somehow transports her to a hundred years into the past and onto a luxurious cruise ship. At first Louise is thrilled. Everyone thinks that she is a glamorous movie star named Alice Baxter instead of a slightly awkward twelve-year-ol Louise Lambert is just your ordinary seventh grader with a passion for vintage clothing. When she receives an elaborate invitation to a private vintage sale, she goes along, thinking she’ll fine a dress for her school formal. Instead, trying on a beautiful pink gown somehow transports her to a hundred years into the past and onto a luxurious cruise ship. At first Louise is thrilled. Everyone thinks that she is a glamorous movie star named Alice Baxter instead of a slightly awkward twelve-year-old, and she gets to wear opulent gowns every day! What more could a girl want? But then Louise finds out what ship she’s actually on, and everything changes, because Louise is on the infamous Titanic. Can Louise save herself and her new friends aboard the ship, or all they all fated to be victims of the inevitably sinking ship? The Time-Traveling Fashionista is a simply adorable middle grade novel that combines vintage fashion and time travel. I don’t think you can get much more unique than that! Fortunately, Turetsky delivers a wonderfully sweet story along with these great ideas. Initially, I didn’t find Louise’s character to be particularly well drawn, but I soon grew to like her, especially as she showed her determination to help as many people as possible on the Titanic. I just love how Turetsky shows a fascinating part of history through the eyes of a modern day preteen; readers get to see a historical event from a unique perspective that is probably easier for them to relate to than a textbook. Aside from the actual story, The Time-Traveling Fashionista includes full color illustrations. Usually I’m a little wary of books with illustrations, but I loved Sandra Suy’s drawings. Aside from being just gorgeous, they help the reader visualize Louise on her adventures. Overall, this is a thoroughly entertaining if not particularly deep story that exposes readers to the finer parts of vintage fashion as well as a unique moment in history. The Time-Traveling Fashionista will be enjoyed by fans of Wish and Wishful Thinking by Alexandra Bullen. reposted from http://thebookmuncher.blogspot.com

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Hudson

    Louise Lambert loves vintage clothing. Even though her mother and her best friend think she’s crazy not to want something new, she loves the feeling of mystery that she gets from the unknown stories she senses in each piece. When an invitation arrives at her home for the Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale, Louise is sure that will be a great place to look for something to wear to the seventh grade dance. But when she tries on a beautiful pink dress that smells vaguely of the sea, she’s surprised Louise Lambert loves vintage clothing. Even though her mother and her best friend think she’s crazy not to want something new, she loves the feeling of mystery that she gets from the unknown stories she senses in each piece. When an invitation arrives at her home for the Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale, Louise is sure that will be a great place to look for something to wear to the seventh grade dance. But when she tries on a beautiful pink dress that smells vaguely of the sea, she’s surprised to find herself experiencing life in the body of the original owner aboard a luxury cruise liner in 1912. At first Louise is happy to leave her unglamorous life behind for the luxury she experiences on board, but when she finds herself longing for her old life, she’s not sure how to get home. The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky is the first in a new series about Louise and the adventures she finds through her love of fashion. Louise experiences lots of the normal angst 12-year-old girls go through—she’s embarrassed about smiling in her braces, she wishes her breasts would grow, and she’d love to feel more confident in herself. Even if you’re not interested in vintage clothing, you’ll be drawn in by Louise’s appreciation for the styles and quality of the clothes she seeks. And her historical adventure in the early 1900s is fun to follow, especially as the reader can figure out where Louise is, but she doesn’t know right away. Fashion illustrator Sandra Suy beautifully renders pictures throughout the book of Louise and the dresses she wears. Mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 11 and up can talk about how the clothes you wear can make a difference in how you feel about yourself. They can also discuss their own relation to fashions and what they hope their clothes convey about them, as well as the division of social classes in the early 1900s. I recommend it. Publisher Poppy provided me with a copy of this book for review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Esa Khairina

    I don't know what to say anymore. Maybe it's me and my high expectation to blame. When I read its blurb, I was completely thrilled. Time-traveling and Titanic! What a frantic combination. I read the Indonesian edition and got disappointed. Typos everywhere, shown from the very first page ("lavendel" instead of "lavender"). And I supposed the praise from Teen Vogue Magazine got typo-ed, too. I hate some words, like "kamu", I actually think it would be better off "kau". But, let's forget it and mov I don't know what to say anymore. Maybe it's me and my high expectation to blame. When I read its blurb, I was completely thrilled. Time-traveling and Titanic! What a frantic combination. I read the Indonesian edition and got disappointed. Typos everywhere, shown from the very first page ("lavendel" instead of "lavender"). And I supposed the praise from Teen Vogue Magazine got typo-ed, too. I hate some words, like "kamu", I actually think it would be better off "kau". But, let's forget it and move on. Some paragraphs were poorly translated, too, as if the transalor copied-pasted it from Google. And I found some facts were unrealistic. Vintage dresses? Secondhand clothing sale? Formal invitation to attend a vintage sale? Finding a partner for junior school dance? Seriously, is that what every seventh graders do? Is that what every 12 yo girls want? Couldn't the author just make her 15 or older instead of, really, 12? And when I Googled about this book, I ended up in a review about a book titled "Connecticut Fashionista in Camelot" or whatsoever. The plot is almost similar. Fashionista. Time-traveling. And even Connecticut. Not that I haven't read anything similar like these. I've read "Prada and Prejudice" and it's slightly more disappointing that I even didn't bother reading its rest. Frankly, I kept flipping Time-Traveling Fashionista only because I didn't wanna waste my money reading nothing. I also found the urge and obligatory to finish it; to see what was coming. I found it boring half the book, and it only started to intrigue me after Louise realized she was on Titanic. The story ran much faster then, and it blew me away after I finished. Well, even though I neither really enjoyed it nor found it fun like the premise, I don't regret I bought it. It was a light read with unique theme. I think I will buy the sequel--after I read the first pages.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Nocita

    the Time-Traveling Fashionista will likely find its target audience readily, namely tween girls who love fashion with a touch of mystery. It's lightweight historical fiction with a sprinkling of fashion and a twinge of romance. 2 mysterious old women are the purveyors of vintage fashions and have the ability to sell an article of clothing that sends its wearer back to the time when the garment would have been originally worn. The wearer assumes the identity of the original owner. While others se the Time-Traveling Fashionista will likely find its target audience readily, namely tween girls who love fashion with a touch of mystery. It's lightweight historical fiction with a sprinkling of fashion and a twinge of romance. 2 mysterious old women are the purveyors of vintage fashions and have the ability to sell an article of clothing that sends its wearer back to the time when the garment would have been originally worn. The wearer assumes the identity of the original owner. While others see her as the original person, only she can see herself as she really is. Just why the wearer returns is not particularly clear. Is it to experience the time so as to better appreciate the vintage item or make a difference using 21st century sensibilities? In this story, the protagonist is sent back as a passenger on the Titanic, a twelve year old turned 17 year old starlet. For much of the story she fails to realize that she is on the Titanic. When she finally does, she immediately tries to alert the ship's captain and passengers, alarming everyone who assumes she is a hysterical actress who needs laudanum and rest. She attempts to change the course of history by averting a major disaster. Unsuccessfully, too. I personally did not enjoy the story (it was much too light factually) and I felt that the protagonist was one dimensional. The plot, while purposely contrived, failed to really engage me as a reader, but again, I feel that my age deomographic is largely responsible for this. This is a series in the making.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Terri M.

    On the shelf at the used book store this book definitely caught my eye. The title involves time travel. LOVE! The girl on the cover looks like she is having a good time. I LOVE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME! And the blurb mentions the Titanic. SOLD! This book was just flat-out fun. There’s no deep story, no real fight for survival, but I didn’t go into the story expecting that. I was just looking for a lighter quick read and the book certainly delivers. Personally, I loved the illustrations in the book. The On the shelf at the used book store this book definitely caught my eye. The title involves time travel. LOVE! The girl on the cover looks like she is having a good time. I LOVE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME! And the blurb mentions the Titanic. SOLD! This book was just flat-out fun. There’s no deep story, no real fight for survival, but I didn’t go into the story expecting that. I was just looking for a lighter quick read and the book certainly delivers. Personally, I loved the illustrations in the book. They are on par with drawings I’ve seen fashion designers do. Plus each chapter is beautifully illuminated and there are full-page illuminated quotes throughout the books. All the illustrations are four-color and some of them span across two pages. So gorgeous! This book is a decent read for fans of the Titanic. It explores some of the social constructs of the time—lots of talk about class and discovering who you are and being true to yourself. A few historical figures are introduced. And is always the case in a Titanic novel, it’s a bit amazing to remember who was on the ship! I wouldn’t go into the story with any big hopes of discovering the meaning of life, but if you like time-travel and just want something fun and light-hearted, The Time-Traveling Fashionista on Board the Titanic should do you just fine. This review was originally posted on Second Run Reviews

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Hager

    Louise is 12 and obsessed with vintage fashion. When she gets an invitation to a vintage fashion sale (and the invite has a note that says you can only get in WITH an invite), she's so in. She's looking specifically for a dress to the upcoming dance and she soon finds the perfect one. Except when she tries the dress on, she passes out and wakes up on board a great cruise ship almost exactly 100 years ago. (Hmm. What cruise ships do we know that sailed almost exactly 100 years ago? Maybe there was Louise is 12 and obsessed with vintage fashion. When she gets an invitation to a vintage fashion sale (and the invite has a note that says you can only get in WITH an invite), she's so in. She's looking specifically for a dress to the upcoming dance and she soon finds the perfect one. Except when she tries the dress on, she passes out and wakes up on board a great cruise ship almost exactly 100 years ago. (Hmm. What cruise ships do we know that sailed almost exactly 100 years ago? Maybe there was an Oscar-winning movie about it. Maybe Kate Winslet was in it...) Anyway. So eventually Louise figures out what gorgeous-but-doomed ship she's on and has to try and save everyone. But can she? This was such a great concept and I really enjoyed the book. (There are also 25 full-page pictures scattered throughout the book, and they are gorgeous.) I loved Louise and her love for all things classic (clothes, movies, life). I think she was a very young 12, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. And it made me very happy that at least some of "these kids today" know who Marlon Brando was. (Yes, I am aware of how old that makes me sound.) Anyway, this is a very magical book. According to the author's bio, there's going to be a sequel. I'm not entirely sure how that would work, but I'm excited to find out. :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Star

    Louise Lambert lives for vintage fashion…she’s quite an old soul for being only twelve years old. If she’s not at a thrift shop or pouring over vintage fashion books and magazines or thinking about it – it’s only because she’s asleep. The twists begin when Louise gets a fancy invitation to a traveling vintage fashion sale. She is so stoked because she thinks this is THE place to find the perfect dress for the upcoming dance. When she shows up to the sale with her best friend, they’re met by the p Louise Lambert lives for vintage fashion…she’s quite an old soul for being only twelve years old. If she’s not at a thrift shop or pouring over vintage fashion books and magazines or thinking about it – it’s only because she’s asleep. The twists begin when Louise gets a fancy invitation to a traveling vintage fashion sale. She is so stoked because she thinks this is THE place to find the perfect dress for the upcoming dance. When she shows up to the sale with her best friend, they’re met by the proprietors – two very eccentric older ladies. When Louise finds a dress that calls to her, the women encourage her to try it on. The next thing she knows, she’s on a cruise ship being called by a different name and no one sees her true self. Can Louise figure out where and when she is…before it’s too late to save herself (and everyone else on the ship)?? The Time Traveling Fashionista was a fun and quick read! Ms. Turetsky’s passion shines through the pages as much as the illustrations give life to the story. Louise is a very engaging and likeable character!! I loved the supporting cast of characters and how richly Louise’s environment was painted. A well-crafted novel and one I could read again and again! The Time-Traveling Fashionista Series: The Time-Traveling Fashionista (1), The Time-Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette (2)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kangkhita K

    I don't usually like historical fiction books, but this book is so much more than just that. It is about a girl named Louise Lambert who loves vintage. Almost everything she owns is vintage, even though she comes from a very wealthy family, and is desperately looking for a vintage dress to wear to her school dance. One day she got this anonymous invitation to a vintage store and was skeptical about it at first but ended up going. At the store she found her perfect dress but what she didn't know I don't usually like historical fiction books, but this book is so much more than just that. It is about a girl named Louise Lambert who loves vintage. Almost everything she owns is vintage, even though she comes from a very wealthy family, and is desperately looking for a vintage dress to wear to her school dance. One day she got this anonymous invitation to a vintage store and was skeptical about it at first but ended up going. At the store she found her perfect dress but what she didn't know was that the dress was from someone that was on board the titanic. The minute she put on that dress, she was on the titanic. She was confused and didn't know what was going on. While on the titanic she finds out many family secrets she was never told. I love how there is suspense and mystery to it and that makes everything more interesting and makes me want to know what's going to happen. I also like how I can relate to the main character, Louise, because she is also 12-years-old like me and is judged by her appearance. No one really understands her love for vintage and is constantly questioning her choice of clothing, even her best friend.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shalet Jimmy

    Louis Lambert is a 12 year old girl who is fascinated with vintage fashion and movie starlets. Things got exciting when she got an anonymous invitation to take part in a Vintage fashion sale, which entirely transformed her life full of adventure. When she wore the pink gown which she got from the Vintage sale made her live a life that she always wanted. Is she comfortable with the new life ? She met a lot of people she always adored. The story turns into a thrilling mode when she find herself in Louis Lambert is a 12 year old girl who is fascinated with vintage fashion and movie starlets. Things got exciting when she got an anonymous invitation to take part in a Vintage fashion sale, which entirely transformed her life full of adventure. When she wore the pink gown which she got from the Vintage sale made her live a life that she always wanted. Is she comfortable with the new life ? She met a lot of people she always adored. The story turns into a thrilling mode when she find herself in the largest ship the world has ever seen ' Titanic'. I am reading a YA novel for the first time. It was quite existing. For me it was a sudden twist as I always preferred mysteries and serious stuff. When you are young, your imagination will always be flying aloft. Impossible becomes possible. There exists no inhibitions. Dreams, dreams and only dreams....I loved that feeling. But when you grow up, reality creeps in and you will be coerced to adhere to the so called ' norms'. I loved the book. It was an absolute stress reliever.....Enjoyed the book....

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Published April 2011, but reviewed from Advance Reading Copy Seventh-grader Louise Lambert loves vintage clothing. All her friends are buying new clothes at the mall, and Louise knows all the cool clothiers of earlier times--CoCo Chanel, Missoni, and tons of other designers I’ve never heard of. When she gets a special invitation to a one-day only vintage sale, she attends to find the perfect dress for the junior high semiformal. Unfortunately, the dress she tries on takes her back to the days of Published April 2011, but reviewed from Advance Reading Copy Seventh-grader Louise Lambert loves vintage clothing. All her friends are buying new clothes at the mall, and Louise knows all the cool clothiers of earlier times--CoCo Chanel, Missoni, and tons of other designers I’ve never heard of. When she gets a special invitation to a one-day only vintage sale, she attends to find the perfect dress for the junior high semiformal. Unfortunately, the dress she tries on takes her back to the days of the Titanic. Louise is in the body of famed actress Miss Baxter, and she must try to keep the Titanic from sinking and get back into her junior high self. Obviously, you all know the ship still goes down, but her friends survive. Good story, but I just didn’t feel like Louise’s voice was that of a 7th grader. Her character really should have ben about 14 or 15. I mean, really, she was put into the body of a adult actress with married men flirting with her--not exactly 7th grade stuff. I think the plot could have been more interesting if Louise was an older teenager.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I was quite excited for this book, I really loved the whole plot idea of going back in time to the Titanic disater, which isn't like any other book that I've read before. I opened up the book and was quite surprised that there was coloured drawings with the story, which I haven't seen since I've read childrens books. I thought the drawings were a nice touch to the story, that you get to see for yourself what the author is conveying. I'll be honest this book did not live up to my expectations, I f I was quite excited for this book, I really loved the whole plot idea of going back in time to the Titanic disater, which isn't like any other book that I've read before. I opened up the book and was quite surprised that there was coloured drawings with the story, which I haven't seen since I've read childrens books. I thought the drawings were a nice touch to the story, that you get to see for yourself what the author is conveying. I'll be honest this book did not live up to my expectations, I felt as if I was on some sort of novel conveyor belt and that there was not much background and detail to the story. I found the book difficult to get into, because the writing was quite simplistic which put me off. This defintily wasn't a book that captivated me and had me hooked, although it certainly was a quick read. I would recomend this book for anyone who loves fashion, or just wants a simple summer read. http://shiverdownthespine.blogspot.com/

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