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Kriegman, Mitchell. Being Audrey Hepburn.

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Kriegman, Mitchell. Being Audrey Hepburn. St. Martin's/Macmillan, 2014. 336p. $18.99. 978-1-250-00146-7.

Lis is an intelligent, shy teen growing up near the Jersey Shore, terribly interested in high fashion and society but destined for a blue-collar life. Her job in a diner, her alcoholic mother, and two troubled siblings do not help matters. Everything changes one night at a museum when a budding designer and friend allows her to try on the little black dress Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's. One thing leads to another and she is photographed with Manhattan fashionistas at a gala event, and as a new persona, Liz becomes the toast of the town, blogging about fashion and making appearances in vintage couture, thanks to a secretive grandmother who happens to own a closet full of classic collector clothing that her designer friend updates with a modern flare. With her newfound fame comes enemies, and before it is over she will have to reconcile her hidden life and small-town boyfriend with her new arena of friends that includes a spoiled, teen rock star.

A satisfying ending to this mixture of The Devil Wears Prada and Breakfast at Tiffany's reveals old family secrets and a promising future for the heroine. Probably a read for girls, this is a thoroughly entertaining romp through the world of runways and art openings with great dialogue and characterizations along the way.--Kevin Beach.

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Author:Beach, Kevin
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Oct 1, 2014
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