I'm shortly going on my first relaxing holiday. I know this sounds weird but my family were never the all inclusive holiday or sitting on a beach all day types. When we were younger we did trips to Europe such as city breaks or holidays to Greece where we went on adventures around the islands and snorkelling and exploring; and then for several years we only holidayed in the UK so this whole going on holiday solely to laze about, eat and drink and read books is a new one on me! As I'm planning to read as much as I can while we're away I put my feelers out for some new books to read and was very kindly sent a copy of The Stylist by Rosie Nixon to review. Rosie is a magazine journalist who has worked at Red, Glamour and Grazia, so who better to write a novel about the world of fashion styling?
I have to say first off that I would put this book firmly in the chic lit category which is not something I'm an expert in, but as a newcomer to this genre I'd definitely say that this book is a lot of fun. It's an easy, entertaining read that will definitely appeal to anyone interested in fashion, styling and celebrity lifestyle. Obviously the fashion side was what drew me to it and I got definite The Devil Wears Prada vibes from this, despite the storyline being quite different. The story follows Amber Green (yes like traffic lights) who is a kind of ditzy character who seems to fall into and our of situation after situation. We are introduced to her while she is working in a boutique in London but is then discovered by a stylist and whisked off to LA for awards season to style up the stars for parties and red carpets.
I have to say that I found Amber's character quite frustrating as she seemed to just stumble into her opportunities which she got through by the skin of her teeth with a lot of luck rather than using and knowledge or ingenuity; but despite this I still found myself wanting her to succeed and actually liking her character. Some parts I found a little far fetched such as one of the romantic lines and there were some parts I found a little predictable, but there were some good twists it was paced well so I didn't find myself getting bored at any point. The bits 'behind the scenes' at the BAFTA's and other awards were great fun and the descriptions of the gowns were rich and fabulous.
I really enjoyed this as an easy to read, funny page turner. It was the perfect thing for a relaxing afternoon or evening read with a cup of tea, or perhaps more fittingly a glass of bubbly.
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