Michelle's Review: The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

timetravelfashionista Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Poppy

Release Date: April 5, 2011
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Time-Traveling Fashionista #1
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
When Louise Lambert receives a mysterious invitation to a traveling vintage fashion sale in the mail, her normal life in suburban Connecticut is magically transformed into a time traveling adventure.
After a brief encounter with two witchy salesladies and donning an evening gown that once belonged to a beautiful silent film star, Louise suddenly finds herself onboard a luxurious cruise ship in 1912. As Alice Baxter, the silent film star, Louise enjoys her access to an extensive closet of gorgeous vintage gowns and begins to get a feel for the challenges and the glamour of life during this decadent era. Until she realizes that she's not just on any ship-- she's on the Titanic!
Will Louise be able to save herself and change the course of history, or are she and her film star alter ego, destined to go down with a sinking ship in the most infamous sea disaster of the 20th century?

Michelle's Review:
I'll start by saying how much I loved the overall look and feel of the hardcover edition of The Time-Traveling Fashionista. If you take the dusk jacket off, the front and back cover boards are in a smooth, matte finish in a light purple with a darker purple Damasks pattern. It looks and is as heavy like those speciality hardcover diaries. Then, inside are twenty-five full-color illustrations by Sandra Suy to showcase the fashion of the early 1900s as well as the different settings in the story. I thought the illustrations were gorgeous! The artwork was done in like a vintage magazine kind of style. I loved looking at the fancy dresses and the different styles of the era. Illustrated middle-grade novels seems to be the trend these days (like Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series) and this book is sure to appeal to middle-grade girls--especially the vintage fashion-minded ones.

As for the story of Louise and how she time-traveled to the Titanic with the help of two strange ladies and a pink vintage gown... Well, I think the Titanic premise is overdone and the fashion aspect of the book wasn't enough to make it a fresh read. I know I'm not the target audience for this novel but it had a "been there, done read that" feel to it, almost like I'm rereading something. As for characters, I thought Louise was likable but I didn't feel an attachment to her predicament. The other characters were a bit flat as well. However, there was enough action, especially in the end, that it kept my attention and it wasn't a hardship to finish it in one sitting. Overall, it was an okay read. I liked the author's voice and her writing style was easy to read--perfect for a middle-grade book. My favorite part was definitely the illustrations so I'm giving that a 5 out of 5 stars and the story a 3 out of 5 stars.


  1. Being on the Titanic was no fun! Sorry it was only an okay read.

    Book Dilettante

  2. Thanks for the honest review. But I totally love the cover and it's pink!


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