CM . . . . Volume XVII Number 41 . . . . June 24, 2011
Fifteen-year old Tori Edwards' life revolves around fashion design, and so, even though she will be the new girl coming into a prestigious New York high school where her father has been hired to teach, Tori happily leaves Winnipeg and embraces New York with a passion. Although the one bedroom apartment is dingy and cramped and she has to sleep beside her four year old sister, Ally, on a couch, Tori is soon caught up in applying for a summer internship at the Fashion Institute of Technology. And then there's Zak, a yummy art student happy to tutor her in math, with, sigh, a drop dead gorgeous girlfriend, Anna. With the help of new friend, Avery, and a neighbour, Gabby, a fashion stylist who wangles an invite for Tori to volunteer at the fashion event of the year, Tori deftly navigates boyfriend drama and is accepted as a summer intern. What she doesn't count on is her 40 year old mother getting pregnant.
Tori is a driven character, totally immersed in the fashion world and full of typical teen angst, drama (often caused by her forgetfulness) and self-centred behaviour. Her patient parents support her dreams in spite of their own much more real problems, and Tori is stunned to hear that they have solved some urgent matters without even consulting her. Zak is a stereotypical artsy dreamboat who's not sure what he wants but is oddly happy to carry on a romantic, yet chaste, relationship with Tori after he and Anna part ways. Avery plays the part of the wise friend while the diva Anna finally thaws slightly after Tori fixes her damaged gown at the fashion event.
New York comes alive as Tori and her family hail cabs, negotiate the subway system and visit fabric stores, markets and coffee shops. The book is definitely set in the present as the teens text back and forth to each other while photos of Tori and Zak out for a walk together are posted online.
In short, snappy chapters, the narrative marches along smartly as Tori anxiously faces down one problem after another. In the one false note, the novel ends with the family happily and easily accepting that the new baby has Down's syndrome.
Middle school girls interested in fashion will identify with Tori's commitment to design and to family.
Joan Marshall is a Winnipeg, MB, bookseller.
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