The Fabulously Fashionable Life of Isabel Bookbinder (Isabel Bookbinder #2)by Published 23 Apr 2009
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When aspiring designer Isabel Bookbinder bags a job with Nancy 'Fashion Aristocracy' Tavistock, she's sure her career is finally on track. Dazzlingly glamorous, this is a career that she can feel truly passionate about - after all, she knows her Geiger from her Louboutin, her Primark from her Prada, and she's always poring over fashion magazines. Well, ok, the fashion pages of heat.
So, learning from the very best, the future's looking bright for Isabel Bookbinder: Top International Fashion Designer. Within days she's putting the final touches to her debut collection, has dreamt up a perfume line, Isabelissimo, and is very nearly a friend of John Galliano. And on top of that she might even have fallen in love.
Yet nothing ever runs smoothly for Isabel, and fabulously fashionably as her life is, it soon seems to be spiralling a little out of her control ...
"The Fabulously Fashionable Life of Isabel Bookbinder (Isabel Bookbinder #2)" Reviews
Isabel Bookbinder is back and she isn’t going to be a novelist any more. No, Isabel Bookbinder is going to be a fashion designer.
She can’t actually sew or anything, but she has her mood-book which is a must-have for any wannabe fashionista!
Bagging a job with Nancy Tavistock, admittedly, as a PA, is like a dream come true for Isabel…. everything’s going smoothly, or so it seems, because things don’t always go right when Isabel’s involved…
Having thoroughly enjoyed Isabel’s escapades in the first Holly McQueen novel, The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder, I was looking forward to its sequel The Fabulously Fashionable Life of Isabel Bookbinder. This time though, I was disappointed.
Let’s start with the fact that Isabel hasn’t changed at all. She didn’t learn from anything that took place in The Glamorous (Double) Life, namely not to lie and embellish details of her life. Even the hardest of Becky Bloomwood fans (of Shopaholic fame) would find it difficult to believe Isabel’s stupidity – not only that but Isabel isn’t that stupid since, as the heroine of the novel, she has to save the day. I know Isabel is ambitious and wants to make it as a fashionista but, like before when she wanted to be a novelist, she didn’t seem to grasp that to be either of those things you need to have talent – ie. if you want to be a fashion designer you do have to make your own clothes.
The stupid thing is I liked Isabel. She does remind me of Becky Bloomwood she just irritates me when she doesn’t grasp things. The drug arrest was funny but the things leading up to it, namely Isabel thinking in the first place it was anything to do with drugs, wasn’t funny and came across really badly. I don’t expect Isabel to be ridiculously clever but as a 27-year-old woman she should be a bit street-wise.
I found the sub-plot with Ben pointless beyond belief. Probably because I actually liked Will. He was barely featured in the first book so I expected so much more of him in this one and, again, he was barely in it. I think Holly could have written the book the way she did but with Will and Isabel together and it still would have worked. Breaking them up was pointless and happened in the most cliched of ways.
Whereas I liked the articles between each chapter in the first book I thought they were dull and uninspired in this one. I found myself skipping them because I just couldn’t be bothered with them.
However, for all I’ve said, it wasn’t a horrific book. I found I could still easily carry on reading it, although at some points I did want it to end. I loved the fashion plot of the book even though I’m in no way fashion inclined. I liked Nancy Tavistock, and thought she and Isabel got on really well. I found Lara and Matthew’s continuing sub-plot tiresome but I wanted Lara to have her happy ending.
Overall this was a really disappointing book and I can now see why Chloe hated the first one. I liked how Isabel came across in the first book because it was more naivety than stupidity but to carry it on in the second just made it tiresome. Isabel is likeable enough but the fact Holly McQueen wants us to think she’s that naive is just unbelievable. It’s good escapism, but you really need to take a huge pinch of salt before reading it.
I liked this one better than the first one, even thought I still wanted to punch Isabel sometimes. If you`ve read the first one (and I guess you did), you know what you can expect. Regardless, it was fun book and I read it pretty fast.
I'm surprised by the low ratings. I read this as a stand alone (I did not know it was a series) and thought it was amusing. Isabel Bookbinder would get herself into the stickiest situations that kept on getting stickier with each lie she told. What made it funny, in my opinion, is how she took "fake it 'til you make it" to a whole other level. Also, even though Will was hardly in the book, I still shipped them. Hard.
OK, this what was funny in the first book about Isabel is not so funny in the second book, and I am going to start the third one in a moment:)
I could have expected that perhaps Isabel will be a little bit more mature in this book, but no. The same lies, the same fantasy and actually doing nothing, or almost nothing, to take her own life in her own hands. Getting what she wants and not thinking about other people and consequences. But anyway, she is a nice person and I still like her a little more as Becky Bloomwood (please, do not kill me:) ).
We have a little more Isabel's brother, Matthew, in this book, and I can just guess what's going to happen with him and Lara in the third book:) Exactly, and what I didn't like, was Annie and the way she wanted to give Isabel the worst task at the wedding, and the way Isabel let her to be bullied in this task. I mean, hello, Isabel, can you please finally say no and stay to your own rights??? Then the situation with Will was soooooo cliche, jumping to the conclusions, but the explanation about the air - con was really, IMHO, the lowest level. Anyway, why shouldn't they stay together? Ben was a real diseaster, and all the characters around him, McQueen drew them all so, so antipatical, amazing.
Anyway, light and easy read that have me hooked, witty and funny, even with all the similarities to Shopaholic.
Isabel Bookfinder is a 28 year old female living with her lawyer boyfriend in London who wants to get into the fashion world at the top fashion school. She is turned down for not having a portfolio and not having basic sewing skills, etc. Isabel then makes it her mission to get somewhere in the fashion world because here family sees her as the type of person who never finishes things and has not done anything with her life.She ends up working for the muse of a top designer through lying to get an interview. Isabel lets say is attracted to trouble.Its all very funny and I was wondering if some of the hilarious things she goes through happen in real life. A fun, good chic lit.