Review: Gloss by Marilyn Kaye


New York, 1963.
Fashion, music and attitudes are changing, and there's nowhere in in the world more exciting. Sherry, Donna, Allison and Pamela have each landed a dream internship at Gloss; America's number-one fashion magazine.

Each girl is trying to make her mark on New York and each finds herself thrown head-first into the buzzing world of celebrity, high-end fashion and gossip. But everything isn't as glamorous as it seems - secrets from the past threaten to shatter their dreams.

They're finding out that romance in New York is as unpredictable and thrilling as the city itself.

Gloss was such a fun book to read. Even though it came through randomly (or at least I can't remember requesting it) I jumped into it pretty quickly and I really enjoyed it. It's deceivingly thick (only 300 pages but the font was larger than most books and pictures and larger quotes take up some of the space) so this book was definitely the perfect 'fast' read.

The book was set in the early 1960s and I loved all the things that make it so authentic, like the fashions and the typewriters and Sherry's traditional southern upbringing. This is the age where women are getting freedom, but still relied on men and it's the story of four girls trying to find what they think that they want, and how their views on life change. It was amazing to read about life in the 60s, and also amazing to read it from all of these different girls that come from different worlds and have different ideals.

Some of the characters get more focus than others, and some are more likable than others, but each of them get enough focus that you start to root for them and feel for them. Donna's story only comes out near the end but straight away I was on her side whereas we know Sherry and Allison's background pretty quickly. There is no happy love story in this book, but each of the girls has their own chance at one and eventually realises that they have more opportunities in their life than they thought. It was a really inspirational book but it doesn't go too deep or dark anywhere, which I really appreciated.

Overall, Gloss was a really fun and meaningful read, perfect for passing a couple of hours in the bath. It's not the most memorable or amazingly written book, but the 1960s setting was authentic and the stories were real.

Book released 6th June 2013 by Panmacmillan Children's
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

1 comment

  1. This looks like a fun book! Great review! I'll definitely check this one out!


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