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The Fabulously Fashionable Life of Isabel Bookbinder [Kindle Edition]

Holly McQueen
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Book Description

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 ...

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Frothy and fun. (The Gloss )

Marvellously funny (Jilly Cooper )

I think Isabel and I were twins seperated at birth. I love her! (Katie Fforde )

'Does exactly what it says on the tin: if you like Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic books and you miss Bridget Jones, then meet Isabel.... I'm looking forward to the sequel. Isabel will make McQueen a star (Louise Bagshawe )

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Designer dresses, vertiginous heels and a very loose grip on reality - the brilliantly funny Isabel Bookbinder makes her mark on the world of fashion

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 590 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (31 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099524643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099524649
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #533,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great beach read! 16 Jun. 2010
This book is worth a read. It's funny, interesting and it's got the romance factor. Even though i did enjoy it, i couldn't help but feel that Isabel Bookbinder is not a realistic character, i couldn't really sympathise with her fully when things went wrong because her compulsive lying got her into trouble in the first place! I would recommend this book as a beach read, somthing light and fun that you'll enjoy but not a book you can lose yourself in.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously fashionable life of Isable Bookbinder 14 Sept. 2009
A poor Shopoholic. A beach read but felt no empathy for Isabel unlike Rebecca B.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Will Isabelle ever learn??? 17 Aug. 2010
By Courtney Rabideau - Published on
I was excited when I found this book and saw that it was a continuation of The Glamourous Double Life of Isabelle Bookbinder.

In the previous book Isabelle thought she could write a novel even though she had no experience and lied to many people about it and got into trouble. I did not even get to several pages of this book when I realized that this would be a repeat of the previous just substituting clothing design for writing.

Some others have likened Isabelle Bookbinder to Rebecca Brandon from Sophie Kingsella's Shopaholic series. While there is a slight resemblence between the two Rebecca seems to be more grounded than Isabelle. Isabelle seems to be the spoiled girl who thinks that even though she has no experience with something she can do better than others in the same field and make the big bucks.

There is also another Isabelle Bookbinder book coming out early next year. Only it will be wedding planning instead of writing or clothing. I dont think I will even bother. More than likly she will think that she is gods gift to wedding planning (probably after helping her friend get married to her brother) She will have all sorts of storys about how she will be the best thing out there in a few years, but will end just as it begain-trying to start over at the begining AGAIN. The first time it was cute, but after not so much.
2.0 out of 5 stars Medicore at Best 15 July 2010
By Samantha J - Published on
I once again stumbled upon a book whose main character mirrored closely to Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic. Isabel Bookbinder has decided that she wants to be a fashion designer. The only trouble is, she has absolutely no talent for designing and creating clothes. Not letting that little fact keep her from her goals, Isabel gives her all to the fashion world. After lying her way into a job interview, Isabel manages to dupe her future boss into hiring her as a PA.
Fabulously Fashionable by Holly McQueen was a funny story, but at times a bit too farfetched for me. Fans of the Shopaholic series will appreciate the humorous situations the heroine constantly finds herself in, but it just wasn't enough to pull me along. I thought the story between Isabel and her possibly cheating boyfriend and then the following relationship with an odd character that I couldn't quite figure out until the end interested me more than Isabel trying to be a fashion designer. I thought this was a mediocre novel at best.
3.0 out of 5 stars Had me laughing, Isabel is Crazy 29 July 2010
By Fiction_lover718 - Published on
The main Character Isabel Bookbinder is a dreamy individual. She is usually very passionate at first with past career choices and then quickly grows bored to the dismay of her very industrious family. Her new founded interest is in fashion although she has no experience whatsoever in sewing or sketching, etc.Isabel thinks her passion alone will be enough and her lack of knowledge in the business of fashion does not aid her. She'll do anything like overhear conversations,lie, etc to make it in the fashion world and prove to her family she is 28 and doing something with her life. The reactions to some of the situations of the other characters is very funny as well. You can't help but wonder if these things can happen in real life. Sometimes you just have to slowww down. Which by the end of the book, Isabel does seem to be in a more mature and thoughtful mindset after the crazy storyline. All in all, Fabulously fashionable is a fun and quirky read and I had a good time.
2.0 out of 5 stars trying too hard 9 April 2012
By Chicmd - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This book, like its prequel "The glamorous double life of Isabel Bookbinder", is trying too hard to spin a humorous tale... The heroine Isabel really has no redeeming qualities at all.. This resulted in a flimsy and shallow read. There are some laugh out loud scenes, but still not enough to make this truly entertaining. Nevertheless, I will still read the next Isabel Bookbinder book, "Confetti Confidential" and see where the plot leads this time..
1.0 out of 5 stars Liar, Liar,....... 11 Mar. 2011
By ldk - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Though I read the entire book, I was very frustrated and bored with all the lies the main character tells in her book either to get herself out of trouble or to make herself look better. This is the second book I've read by this author which had a very similar concept of lies and deceit, and doubt I'll read other books by her. The book could still be funny if the main character wasn't such a liar. Very monotonous reading.
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