Slave to Fashion
by Rebecca Campbell
Book Review by Amy Coffin
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Twenty-something Katie Castle has a handsome boyfriend and an exciting job where she mingles in London fashion circles. She's the right-hand woman for Penny Moss (as in Penny Moss designs). She's soon to be engaged to Penny's son and her life seems to be set, or does it? With a single error of judgment, Katie loses everything and is left unemployed and homeless. Slave to Fashion follows Katie Castle as she picks herself up and starts again.

Katie is a young, cute, single gal whose story is played out on the trendy London scene. Rebecca Campbell takes the same novel path already explored by Helen Fielding, Jenny Colgan and others. I've read Bridget Jones, and Ms. Castle, you're no Bridget Jones.

The biggest flaw with Slave to Fashion is its attempt to imitate similar novels. The heroine is witty and bitchy but doesn't stand out in the crowd. There are humorous points, but on the whole the book is not entirely funny. Katie comes off as a spoiled kid who got exactly what she deserved.

Campbell drops lots of fashion labels, most of which are lost on me. A more exciting portrayal of the fashion industry can be found in If Looks Could Kill by Kate White.

The plot is uncreative and convenient. People and occurrences pop up just as Katie needs them. Jonah is the only interesting male in the tale and he's not even used to his full potential.

Slave to Fashion is a slave to unoriginality. It's incorrectly billed as a contribution to the Bridget Jones bandwagon. The story would have worked better if Katie Castle was developed as her own person in a unique story crafted by Campbell, not based on other tales. If you're looking for good chick books, try the work of Jenny Colgan including "Talking to Addison" and "Amanda's Wedding."

Recommended:
Talking to Addison
Talking to Addison
Amanda's Wedding
Amanda's Wedding