Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review: The Interns: Truth or Fashion by Chloe Walsh


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS.COM:

Your daily fashion Q may be: What's a girl to wear? But at "Couture" magazine in Manhattan, four glittering interns have even bigger things to worry about. Someone's leaking "Couture"'s trendsetting secrets--and the in-style intrigue doesn't end there.
Hot new designer Callie is feeling the haute couture heat.
Aynsley is fashion's new It Girl . . . and too cool to care.
Nadine has a jaw-dropping look--but she's on the edge of out.
Ava is hiding much more than a few knockoffs in her closet!
Sounds like the interns need fashion therapy! Lucky for them, the Fashionista blog is serving up some mind-blowing style potions, with a sweet supply of garment-industry gossip. Get ready for some knockdown drama in Prada.

MY TAKE:
I usually like books set in Manhattan and feature the publishing in some way, so I decided to give this a try.

In The Interns: Truth or Fashion, the four interns from the first book are back and ready to continue their rise in the fashion world. However, that could be a little bit difficult for at least two of them because this group is hiding a lot of huge secrets that could rock Couture magazine and the rest of the elite fashionistas of Manhattan.

During the first few chapters of this book, I wasn't too excited about it all. I tend to see which characters I can relate to and then I'd root for that character. I don't know if it would have helped if I had read the first book, but I really didn't like any of the characters at first. They were dishonest, catty or sneaking around. However, it's a good thing I kept at it, because as the story progressed and I stopped looking for characters to relate to, I started to enjoy the book and the characters.

My favorite of the four is Ava. She's intelligent and a good writer. I was pretty angry when I read about her interaction with a married photographer, because that kind of thing just does not fly with me. As it turns out, the real story is far more interesting and novel-worthy. I was okay with the other girls, even though I disliked Aynsley at first.

As for the plot and writing style, I guess it's like a mix of Gossip Girl and The Devil Wears Prada. I mean, there's even a Gossip Girl-like blogger that helps propel the story.

I would say that overall, this book is a pretty good beach read, although the first part might be hard to work through if you haven't read the first book because it's hard to sympathize with some of the girls at first.

THE GOOD:

  1. It has some fun parts.
  2. It's an inside look at the fashion magazine industry.
  3. There are some nice plot twists near the end.

THE BAD:

  1. It can be hard to sympathize with the girls at first.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Aynsley understood how someone who'd never seen a gifting suite before could get so excited: the huge two-bedroom apartment in the swank Pierre Hotel had sweeping views of Central Park, and every surface in the place was covered with a glittering assortment of electronics, cosmetics, clothing, and more.
READ IT IF:

  1. You really like fashion.
  2. You've always wanted to work in a fashion magazine.
  3. You're looking for a book that is a mix of Gossip Girl, The Devil Wears Prada, and Sex in the City.

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