Project Runway meets I'll Give You the Sun in a hilarious and surprising he-said, she-said story about a fashion competition that will change both of their lives, from acclaimed author Susan Juby.
Charlie Dean is a style-obsessed girl who eats, sleeps and breathes fashion. John Thomas-Smith is a boy who forges metal sculptures in his garage and couldn't care less about clothes. But they share one thing in common: both are gunning for a scholarship to the private art high school that could make all their dreams come true. And whoever wins the fashion competition will win the scholarship. Told in the alternating voices of Charlie's and John's fashion journals which they're required to keep for the contest, this hilarious and poignant tale perfectly captures what it's like to have an artistic passion so fierce that nothing -- not your dad's girlfriend's drug-addicted ex-boyfriend, a soul-crushing job at Salad Stop, or being charged with a teensy bit of kidnapping -- can stand in your way.
SUSAN JUBY has written a number of acclaimed novels for teenagers and adults, including the bestselling Alice, I Think, a Rolling Stone Best Top 40 Novel and the first of her Alice MacLeod trilogy, which was made into a successful television series. She is also the author of a memor, Nice Recovery, and the adult comic novel The Woefield Poultry Collective and its sequel, Republic of Dirt: Return to Woefield. Susan lives with her huband and their dog in Nanaimo, BC.
A Horn Book Best Book of the Year for Children and Teens (2017)
One of Bank Street’s Best Children's Books of The Year (2017)
One of Toronto Public Library’s Great Reads for Youth 2018
“Even fashion-phobic readers will be caught up in both the giddy apprehension of artistic competition and the thought-provoking creative questions that arise from it. . . . This is whip-smart coming-of-age comedy with memorable characters and lots to say about talent, ambition . . . and haute couture.” --Starred Review, Horn Book Magazine
"Filled with hilarious and tragic moments alike, Juby’s (The Truth Commission) vibrant novel thoroughly explores the hearts, souls, and minds of two very different teens." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
"Juby’s thoughtful bildungsroman excels in showcasing and normalizing those on society’s fringe." --Kirkus Review
"Juby has created two compelling, multidimensional narrators whom readers will laugh with and cry for . . ." --School Library Journal
"The book's greatest strength is its realistic narrators. . . . [W]ill ring true with teen readers." --Quill & Quire
"Like all Juby novels, this one is sparklingly verbose and self-deprecating . . . Lush, detailed descriptions of awe-inspiring designs are a treat to read. This one is tailored to perfection for readers who love to laugh and look good doing it." --Globe and Mail
"Avid clothing designer and fashionista Charlie . . . give[s] this novel unusual depth." --Toronto Star