Book Review: The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

Book: The Time-Traveling Fashionista
Author: Bianca Turetsky
Pages: 272
Published: April 5, 2011 (by Poppy, a division of Little, Brown)
The first line: “The invitation arrived on an ordinary Thursday.”

As you may know already, last week I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Bianca Turetsky, author of The Time-Traveling Fashionista.

While I normally only read YA and adult fiction, I decided to read this adorable-looking middle grade novel. I was not disappointed!

Written with a strong devotion to descriptive language and likeable characters, The Time-Traveling Fashionista is a wonderful story about a 12-year-old girl from rural Connecticut named Louise Lambert. Louise is into fashion and vintage clothing, so when a mysterious invitation arrives in the mail to attend a fashion sale, she’s instantly intrigued. She finds the perfect pink dress and when she tries it on, she’s magically transported back in time. Louise finds herself in the body of a famous silent film star, Alice Baxter, on a fancy ship. Louise feels she’s hit the fashion couture jackpot, until, that is, she realizes that the ship she’s on is the Titanic!

I love that this story is entertaining to young readers as well as adults, as it means that it’s enjoyable for every age group. I’m embarrassed to say, though, that Louise knows more about fashion at age 12 than I do at age 24!

And now, I’d like to introduce you all to my fabulous fashionista little sister, Rachel! Rachel is in the 5th grade and LOVES clothes, celebrities, and all things fashion. Being the stylish young lady that she is, I sometimes have difficulty getting her to read. But after reading The Time-Traveling Fashionista myself, I knew that Rachel would not only identify with the protagonist, Louise Lambert, but that she would totally connect with and love the story!

I’m happy to report that Rachel inhaled the book, loving every moment of Louise’s journey. To speak more about her feelings on the book, here is Rachel with her very first book review:

Hi everybody! I’m very excited to review my new favorite book with you today, The Time-Traveling Fashionista! Like Genna said, I’m not as passionate about reading as she is, but somehow, I really connected to this book. I feel this connection because everything about Louise is just like me. For example, we are both the same age, have braces, red, oversized lips telephones, and we both adore fashion!!!

My favorite part of the story is when Louise opens her gold mesh purse to put on her lipstick and realizes that she is on the Titanic! When I read that, I was as surprised as she was! I like that there are so many surprises and twists to give the story more problems. It really made me keep wanting to read more and find out what would happen next.

Another thing I like is that there are pretty pictures in the book. I think that Bianca Turetsky really made a picture in my mind of how Louise’s outfits looked. My favorite picture is the one where Louise wears Ms. Baxter’s “blue evening gown with a plunging neckline and lace cap sleeves” (page 131):

Once I finished the book, I went on the Internet to look up my favorite characters, including Anna Hard, Louise Lambert, Alice Baxter, Christopher Brady and Captain Edward John Smith. I looked up these people to see if they were real because it was cool to me that I could learn about boring history through a fun book. I really can’t wait to read the next book in The Time-Traveling Fashionista series!

Thanks so much for reading my guest post on Genna’s blog and I hope that I will come back soon and write about some other books that I enjoyed!

As Bianca Turetsky wrote to me in my signed copy of the book:

Happy travels to my fellow fashionistas!

Best wishes,


I want to say thanks again to Rachel for agreeing to write this. I hope you enjoyed reading our reviews.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win your very own *signed* copy of The Time-Traveling Fashionista plus 2 awesome time-traveling fashionista luggage tags!

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3 comments on “Book Review: The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

  1. Shirley on said:

    Your sister did an incredible job of her very first book review! Good on you!

    The Time-Traveling Fashionista sounds like a great novel. I’m sure my daughter, though she’s technically an adult now, would enjoy it for the fashion and I for the Titanic. I’ve been following the Titanic stories for years now.

    Too bad the contest isn’t available to Canada. :(

    • Genna Sarnak on said:

      Thanks, Shirley! I know your kind words will mean a lot to her! If you want to enter the contest, I will make an exception and agree to ship to Canada! Good luck and thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. Bianca on said:

    Rachel, Thank you SO much for this awesome review! I am so happy that you enjoyed the book, and can’t wait to share The Time-Traveling Fashionista and The Palace of Mirrors with you next year! (And btw I am soo jealous that you actually have that over-sized lips telephone :) xo Bianca

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