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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (September 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385732473
  • ASIN: B006G84DTO
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,918,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up–High school senior Chloe Wong Leiberman is all about fashion, 24/7. She actually has hallucinations when faced with people in fashion Don'ts, wherein she mentally re-creates their clothing faux pas with trendy wear. Despite living a life of privilege in a gated community in L.A., no one in her family seems to be happy or even functional. Her Chinese mother is a fashion and personal disaster, according to Chloe, and her Jewish father is too busy cutting the next big deal to pay much attention to anything his daughter really wants–which is to attend a prestigious fashion academy in London (Dad doesn't think it's high-brow enough). Written in what seems to be the current equivalent of Valley-speak, this novel is filled with the superficial self-obsessions of a spoiled, shallow, rich girl, which makes it difficult to be sympathetic to her woes. This style of writing and plot direction (or lack thereof) treats its presumed audience as though it were as small-minded and self-absorbed as the characters so ponderously portrayed. In doing so, the writer, the story, the characters, and the intended audience are, regrettably, irredeemably trivialized.–Roxanne Myers Spencer, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
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From Booklist

Gr. 7-10. Chloe utterly shocks her smug multicultural SoCal family by announcing that she hasn't applied for any college, or even taken her SATs. What with obsessing over her looks, plunging into hallucinatory fashion makeovers for everyone around her, and sneaking out of her parents'McMansion to catch a flea market with her chica best friend or one of her twentysomething musician boyfriend's gigs, who has time? Plainly having inherited her grandfather Leo Rosten's gift for ethnic-flavored comedy, the author places her sympathetically portrayed 17-year-old misfit in a broadly brushed Jewish-Chinese-Valley Girl milieu (appending a helpful glossary of Yiddish, Cantonese and stitchery jargon), throws in a wildly flamboyant contessa as a fashion mentor, and, in a final twist, turns what Chloe has despairingly dubbed her "Fashion Disorder" into the key to a suddenly promising future. Consider this debut maximum chick-lit. John Peters
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara Katz on September 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is an inspiration to every creative person out there who has a dream. As someone whose parents wanted nothing more than for me to go to an Ivy League school and follow them into the world of banking, I couldnt have identified more with Chloe. Although she loves her eccentric family and wants to please them, she knows in her heart of hearts that design school is where she is meant to be and that she must follow her passion. You dont have to love fashion or clothes as much as the reader or her main character does to like this book. The writer speaks to young girls everywhere. She writes with a sense of humor and incredible wit and I LOVED the glossary in the back of the book. I cant wait for the next book to see what happens to Chloe. Three cheers for Carrie Rosten!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Boss on September 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
So, my girlfriend forced me to read this, since she couldn't stop talking about the darn thing, and I have to admit, it was one of the most entertaining reads ever! And I'm a 17-year old dude! The characters are incredibly colorful, full of personality and quirkiness. As soon as pau-pau passed gas, I was rolling on the floor laughing my head off. And lets not forget the dog Wally who compulsively humps anything that moves when he gets nervous (which is a lot like some of my friends). The author was a genius for coming up with that bit. I msut say, it was awfully refreshing to finally read a character-driven novel. It is, after all, a book about people.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Smart Monkey Queen on September 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Chloe may not have styling superpowers but knows style when she sees it - and when she doesn't. I was struck by how cute and cleverly written this book is. Chloe totally reminds me of myself, even though I'm only 13 and she's 17. I aspire to be a fashion designer and I just loved reading this book and her plight to make this world a prettier place, one outfit at a time.
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More About the Author

Carrie Rosten was born and raised in Hollywood to a Chinese-American mother and a Jewish-Wasp father. She began her career as a wardrobe stylist in Los Angeles and then worked at several publications in New York including W, BlackBook, OUT, and most recently at BULLETT, where she was the Publisher and Chief Brand Officer. Independent children's publishing, however, is her true calling and writing runs in her colorful family. Her grandfather, Leo Rosten, penned successful screenplays and best-selling books including The Joys of Yiddish and her great-uncle, William Steig, wrote a not-so-little children's book called Shrek!. Like her titular characters, Carrie loves to challenge rules that don't make sense, asks lots of questions and believes in the transformative power of words and imagination. Carrie continues to be a fan of magical islands - including Manhattan - which she calls home.

She really, really loves Mexico too.