About the Book by Emily Craven
Madeline Cain knows that after six chaotic months, the rest of her time in New York City will be smooth sailing with Kevin — her new squeeze — by her side. That is, until Madeline’s idols drop a bombshell – she needs to pick a specialisation before the year is out or risk losing the career of her dreams. The problem? She’s about as sure of her photographic passion as a hiker is of outrunning a bear.
Thus Madeline begins her search for her one true path with student-arranged assignments featuring certifiably insane children, lip-synching rockers, a dog whisperer, and… zombies? But it’s not until Madeline secures a ‘life-debt’ by saving a potential mobster from a gun-wielding cross-dresser that she sets her sights on an amazing internship opportunity.
Is her new patron really part of the mob? Can she nail this internship when all her experiments are going to hell? And how does she deal with Kevin’s obsession over her escapades?
Written as though you’re reading Madeline’s Facebook page, Adventures in Fashion will leave you giggling on the floor as Maddie posts about the second half of her Big Apple adventure.
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Author Emily Craven / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 443 Pages
I loved the cover of this book. It’s fresh and young looking. The page count may look a little intimidating, but it’s not that kind of book. The formatting to mimic Facebook posts adds quite a bit of word count with the “Like Comment Share” line under every post and the spacing between posts. It is an interesting concept. It may take a couple of seconds to figure out who the friends and family are while you are eavesdropping on their posts.
There have been books in the past that were collected letters between authors. Readers felt like they were sharing in the author’s thoughts and feelings. In this instance though, the Facebook posts back and forth are more humor by the friends teasing each other. They certainly show the fictional characters’ support for the main character. However, I felt they actually slowed down the story line. I kept wanting to know when we would find out about what Dom really did for a living? I’m sorry to say, I started skipping some of the Facebook banter. I wanted to get to the parts where you were with Madeline discovering her photography talents. Being invited to play Farmville and figuring out hashtag references, while cute, didn’t keep me in the storyline.
I liked the Adventures in Fashion plot and feel Ms. Craven has a talent for getting Madeline into pickles. Don’t get me wrong, the story writing was good. Younger readers may not have the same reaction to the Facebook posts that I did.
About the Author
Emily Craven was first inspired to placed pen to paper when she was 13, after she learnt her favourite author, Isobelle Carmody, began her first novel at 14. Emily finished three books while completing a Bachelor of Science (Space Science and Astrophysics and Geophysics) at the University of Adelaide. So technically, she can claim to be an astrophysicist (stars), geophysicist (rocks) and writer (crazy). She writes YA fiction, fantasy and non-fiction and teaches teenagers storytelling.