Breakfast at Bloomingdale’s by Kristen Kemp (November 1st 2009—Scholastic)
Grade: 3 stars out of 5
Summary: Kat's come to New York City with a dream: to be a big fashion designer and to see her name on a label in Bloomingdale's. Back in Kentucky, she imagined a city paved in Prada…but the reality isn't quite so fashionable. Still, there are friends to be made, boys to be flirted with, and amazements to be found…sometimes when she least expects it. Even when her lame hick boyfriend from back home comes to the city to try to reclaim her, Kat knows she's found her place…now all she has to do is have the place find her back.”
Review: First off the summary is from Amazon. Secondly Amazon needs to fix their mistake because Cat is spelled with a C not a K, unless of course the entire book was wrong.
Breakfast at Bloomingdale’s is a refreshing read to an otherwise dull day. It is filled with humorous adventures, passionate dreams, and a hot clown—ohlalala.
Cat’s grandmother, Nina, just passed away so she’s out to pursue their dream: to have a line in Bloomingdale called Breakfast. Inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s Audrey Hepburn’s best friend, Holly, this girl can create a corset in 48 hours, cut, sewn, and hem a dress in less than 5 hours! Holy smokes. And she’s seventeen! With a good amount of money Cat travels to New York City and meets a heedful of unique group of people though I question the safety of befriending this people so quickly in such a large city. Breakfast in Bloomingdale’s is an outlandish book that made me smile even if it confused me sometimes. Endearing, crazy, and chic all in one.
However the book goes off tangent quite frequently. Not in the hey that’s an interesting tidbit you just shared, but more in the what the heck are you talking and wherever it came from please put it back as it means nothing to me. Then there are times where the author skips certain information so now you’re re-reading scenes just in case you missed something then realized you didn’t.
I would have like to see some of the sketches of the designs incorporated into the book because I was LOST when they were describing the clothing. I’m not a fashion guru, I watched enough seasons to catch the Tim Gunn reference and general sewing techniques and objects, but when you describe a clothing line for goth children I immediately conjure up an image of black and deep purple diapers. With fishnets. And heavy dark eye shadow. And I do not think that was the author’s intention.
I like this cover.