I, just like most women, love light-hearted books that include topics, such as romance, shopping, fashion, traveling with handsome men and the like. Interestingly enough, when I read these types of books, they have always been penned by a British author. Fabulously Fashionable, by Holly McQueen, falls in line with all of this… with one drawback… 3/4 of the book made me cringe.
The main character in this book is Isabel Bookbinder – an aspiring fashion designer/magazine PA/celebrated personality. She is described as the black sheep in the family, in that she is always lying to everyone about her accomplishments, in order to fit in with the rest of the family (her mother thinks she does drugs and her dad believes she is an underachiever). She’s dating a wealthy lawyer, living with him in London, but seems to be dreadfully bored and almost whiny, especially when commenting on how she is a self-proclaimed feminist and they “work” not play tennis.
These “fashionable” aspirations of hers are grand in theory but her methods of attempting to achieve these, spark an emotion of embarrassment out of the reader. In addition, the “miscommunication” she had with her boyfriend, while he was on a work trip, made it even more difficult to get through the story line.
About 3/4 of the way through the book it becomes less painful, as she miraculously gets a job that lands her where she dreamed to be and a love affair that many women in DC could probably relate to.
Overall, I’d give this book about 3 out of 5 stars as it did the very thing a book is supposed to do – spark emotion (mine just happened to be a lot of eye rolling and mental yelling, to the tune of, “GET OVER IT ALREADY!!!”)