The Time-Traveling Fashionista - Bianca Turetsky This was a cute story about Louise Lambert, a 12 year old with a passion for vintage fashions. That passion leads her to get a special invitation to a vintage fashion shop run by two very odd ladies. Louise finds a very pretty pink number amongst the racks and when she tries it on she’s suddenly transported back in time to the Titanic.

Admittedly, I was drawn into this story by the title and cover. Maybe my expectations were a bit on the high side for the book because of the exterior, but I just found this “okay”. The story had promise, but I found the beginning a little dull. It seemed like it took a while for the story to get to the good bit. The Titanic part of the story was interesting though and made up for the first part of the story. I liked that Turetsky included historical figures and their story into the book without being heavy handed about it. I also liked that Turetsky creatively incorporated pictures of the outfits described in the book. This was basically a lookbook with a story.

The story part needed some improvement. One problem I had with the story is that I had to remind myself that Louise was 12 years old. When Louise is transported back in time she’s turned into Miss Baxter, a 17 year old actress. Obviously, the maturity levels differ, but I had a hard time reconciling Louise’s sometimes illogical behavior when she’s in the body of a 17 year old. Also, the story was just clunky at times. Some events and even some of the behavior of the characters felt forced.

I found this book through B&N and I can’t remember now if it was marked as young adult. I would mark this one more middle grade. I know I maybe a bit harsh in my assessment of the story, but I do think younger girls would enjoy this series.