Isabel Bookbinder is a character who has appeared in the first novel in the series which I have not had a chance to read, The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder. However, reading Fabulously Fashionable by Holly McQueen without being formally introduced to Isabel and all her quirks did not prove to be a hassle at all. Fabulously Fashionable turned out to be a breezy read, and it came to remind me a lot of the Confessions of a Shopaholic series with slightly less witty characters.
Although I did enjoy the novel, I could not help but make continuous comparisons between Isabel and the main character of Confessions of a Shopaholic, Rebecca Bloomwood. The only difference between the two is their paths in the fashion industry: Isabel is an aspiring novelist-turned-fashion-designer, and Rebecca is an obsessive shopper turned journalist for a financial magazine. Everything else, from the setting (London) to their lack of self-restraint proves to be all too familiar.
As much as one can try not to compare the two, it is fairly obvious who Holly McQueen was inspired by when thinking up the protagonist of her series. All in all, Isabel and Rebecca are two very likeable characters, but in the end, Becky proves to be the more intelligent and clever counterpart, seeing as Isabel finds herself in legally sticky situations. Some issues were not tied up as cleanly as they could, but then again, that is what cliffhangers are for. Hopefully we will get some resolve in the next book…
Abby lives in coastal New Jersey and spends her free time writing anything from short articles to multi-chapter novels. She loves to read and her favorite book genres are Young Adult, Chick-Lit, and How-To/Guides.
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