by Sophia Bennett
Release date : August 2009
Nonie’s passion is fashion. Humanitarian Edie wants to save the world. And budding actress Jenny has just landed a small part in a Hollywood blockbuster. But when these three friends meet a young African refugee girl called Crow, sketching a dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum, they get the chance to pool their talents and do something truly wonderful, proving that fashion fairy tales really can happen.MY THOUGHTS : A teen-chick-lit-book that talks about fashion, yes. Celebrity, yes. But does it make it superficial ? No ! And that's really really nice... Although fashion and stardom are a big part of the book, the main themes are talent and will. The author managed to write about these things without superficiality, thanks to the protagonists' maturity and intelligence, and the fact that their passion is more important than their reputation. Jenny, for example, is suddenly propelled to the rank of new "teen star" with a supporting role in a blockbuster movie, but does not feel comfortable in this world. She loves it, but doesn't feel ready yet.
The girls are very mature in their way of thinking and seeing the world, and that makes a big difference compared to those chick lit stories in which glitter and fashion equals lack of depth. The tone of the book is fun, full of irony, the dialogues and Nonie's thoughts made me smile more than once. Although a happy ending is predictable, I was willing to follow these girls' perseverence, who combined their talents and manage to learn more about themselves and respect their differences.
Love and family stories also make their way into the story, adding different layers to the plot. A good message on two scales : defending the children victims of war, and saying that anyone can succeed thanks to commitment, work and passion. A really fresh read, a modern but not-to-much writing : I recommend it to any teenage girl!