Here’s a list of a few things I love:
– New York City
– The 1960’s
– Coming-of-age books
– Girly things like fashion and make-up
Gloss by Marilyn Kaye features ALL of these things!! So, needless to say, I LOVED it, loved it, loved it.
Gloss is about four girls who intern at a fashion and beauty magazine called Gloss in New York City in the 1960’s. The four girls are all very different (think Sex and the City, but at age 16, and 50 years ago), and all have different dreams and goals. I was able to relate with all of the girls in different ways, and was equally invested in each of their stories (rare!). I loved the way each girl was depicted, and really hope that I get to meet them again in another story.
I want to live in NYC in the 1960’s, especially in the world Kaye has created. In Gloss she takes you into the magazine’s samples closet, into the chicest cocktail lounges, into Beatnik cafes… everywhere!
Plus, each of the girls are changed the the end of their internship, and have grown as women. As you know, this was a time of great social change when women were finding their own voices, so this book has some great messages for young girls about equality.
“New York, 1963. Fashion, music and attitudes are changing, and there’s nowhere in the world more exciting.” ~ Gloss
YA fans, I strongly recommend Gloss. It’s a great summer read and will have you wishing you were having an adventure in New York! (Especially in a really great dress with perfect accessories…. If you’re girly like me!)
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