If you love chick lit and Project Runway you will LOVE this book. Made for Me has all the chick lit criteria; fashion, job issues, boyfriend issues, family issues and a very normal girl with self esteem issues. It definitely checks all the boxes for a great chick lit.
Michelle finds herself jobless, boy-friendless and having family issues before being told about a new reality show Made for Me where designers get the opportunity to design clothing for a princess for a year. Michelle’s view of her own skills is good however she doesn’t see herself succeeding in really any area of her life so she’s hesitant to try out for Made for Me until the universe basically tells her it’s her only option to get out of the disastrous bottom of the barrel she’s in.
This book really portray’s the essence that is the character line up of a show similar to Project Runway. There are all of the eccentric, exciting and a tad wild characters and then there is very normal Michelle. One thing I really enjoyed about the book was just HOW normal Kathryn made Michelle and the dynamics of a big close family. So normal in fact the other characters nicknamed her ‘Vanilla’. It was really spot on and I enjoyed that realistic side of it.
While I’ve never been on a reality TV show I can see how it played out in the book to be somewhat real. The nervousness, constant cameras and trying to be ‘cool’ in all situations is definitely something I would have an issue with, as did Michelle.
Lincoln and Asher were the two potential ‘heroes’ and were quite the opposite of each other. While Asher had that ‘wow’ factor right from first meeting Lincoln was more of a building character that came off as ‘the boy next door’ upon first meeting. It took me a bit to decide which man I’d root for but towards the middle I found myself on Lincoln’s side… he’s a cutie inside and out.
What I Loved:
-Michelle’s character – I loved that she suffered from ADHD and Kathryn really captured the inside of her head.
-The uniqueness of the design characters. Honestly, they are normally a bit snooty and weird and she definitely didn’t disappoint there.
-The story-line, I liked it. Michelle was able to grow through-out the story, which she needed.
What I Didn’t Love:
-The first time jump from when Lincoln drove her home to change for mass – I felt like the story was moving into a scene from the mass but it skipped right to another part. Not a big deal but I actually turned back to see if I missed something. It was smooth sailing after that though so it’s likely it was just me.
What I thought of the Cover:
-LOVE. So fitting of the story and the genre!
This is a great book that will leave you laughing and rooting for Michelle to win the competition and live happily ever after. Does she? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
I love feel good stories with realistic issues and people and this one was great with that. Kathryn is a great writer and did a great job of grabbing your attention right from the first chapter. This book reminded me of the good ‘ole chick lit days of Sophie Kinsella so I’ve no doubt I’ll be picking up Kathryn’s next book (and probably all her previous ones as well).
Buy it! You won’t be disappointed. It’s such a fun and cute read, I flew through the book in just a couple hours last night, loved it!
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About the Author:
Kathryn Biel hails from Upstate New York, and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful, but exhausting kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her client’s needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. She is the author of Good Intentions (2013), Hold Her Down (2014), I’m Still Here (2014), and Jump, Jive, and Wail (2015). Her musings and rants can also be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather.
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Thank you, Kathryn for allowing me to read and review your book… I’m forever a fan!