Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 7 to 12
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.
About the author
SUSAN JUBY is the author of the critically acclaimed Getting The Girl and Another Kind Of Cowboy, as well as the bestselling Alice series (Alice, I Think; Miss Smithers; Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last) and her latest novel for adults, The Woefield Poultry Collective. After dropping out of fashion college and attaining a BA from the University of British Columbia, Susan went to work in the book industry. She holds a master’s degree in publishing. She currently lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, James, and their dog, who prefers to remain anonymous. Visit her online at susanjuby.com.
- Nominated, White Pine Award
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