Saturday, 22 November 2014

Allegra Biscotti - Olivia Bennett

She doesn't want her turn on the catwalk-she'd rather be behind the scenes creating fabulous outfits! So when a famous fashionista discovers Emma's designs and offers her the opportunity of a lifetime-a feature in Madison magazine (squeal!)-Emma sort of, well, panics. She has only one option: to create a secret identity.

And so Allegra Biscotti is born.

Allegra is worldly, sophisticated, and bold-everything Emma is not. But the pressure is on. And Emma quickly discovers juggling school, a new crush, friends, and a secret identity might not be as glamorous as she thought.

Something a little different from me - this is a book I downloaded as it was (and still is) on offer at 1p on Amazon. It's a teen book but after reading some of the reviews I decided to give it a go. 

The book is based on Emma - who has to invent an alter go Allegra to pass off her fashion designs to a magazine - she is after all only a teenager.

I love fashion and used to sew all my own clothes, and when I was younger did have a desire to be a dress designer- so this book took me back to those days. Except for Allegra (Emma) she actually does get to do it. There is some texting but other than that there is a lack of actual "teen speak" and so it is an easy book to read and a little escapism. I loved all the descriptive writing about the actual sewing, less so the "Bees" who are reminicient of "Mean Girls" and "The Heathers".

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