Thursday, April 7, 2011

Fashionista Pick: Sequins, Secrets, and Silver Linings

Sequins, Secrets, and Silver Linings (Threads)

Sequins, Secrets, and Silver Linings
by Sophia Bennett
Chicken House (Scholastic)
2010 (orignally published in 2009 in UK as Threads)
281 pages

Fun and flirty, fashionable and chic, trendy and uber-girly, Sequins, Secrets, and Silver Linings will have wide appeal to any girl who has a passion for fashion, but not only fashionistas will want to read this novel though. Author Sophia Bennett has teenspeak down pat; the characters are lovable and believable.

Three British teens are best friends and couldn't be more different. Nonie is the fashionista with a Dior-minded granny and an ex-runway model mother. It's no wonder Nonie dreams in Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. Best friend Edie writes a blog about saving the planet one tree at a time, and Hollywood bound starlet Jenny is just being noticed by the press.

When the three friends meet a twelve-year old refugee from Uganda who shows a knack for design, they decide to help her get a step into the fashion world. Crow's family still lives in Uganda and faces terrible hardship, including the constant fear of death. When Crow makes a name for herself, the friends help get the word out about her homeland's plight. Edie's blog gets so many hits, it keeps crashing. Fashion lovers worldwide are moved to action to help Crow's homeland.

This is a fun read which may make even a "material girl" think about human rights in third world countries where survival is iffy, at best. The book says it best, "Bad stuff happens, but every now and then miracles can happen, too."

Highly, highly recommended grade 7-up and for any budding fashionista!

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher; I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review.

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