Book Review - The Stylist

The Stylist* - Rosie Nixon
"When Amber Green, a shop assistant in an exclusive London boutique is plucked from obscurity and mistakenly offered a job working with Mona Armstrong, the infamous, jet-setting 'stylist to the stars', she hits the ground running, helping to style some of Hollywood's hottest (and craziest) starlets.
As awards season spins into action Mona is in hot demand and Amber's life turned upside down. Suddenly she catching the attention of two very different suitors, TV producer Rob and Hollywood bad boy rising star Liam. How will Amber keep her head? And what the hell will everyone wear?"

I was really lucky and got an advance copy of The Stylist to read last year and I have been desperate to tell you all about it ever since.
I just want to start off this review by saying  - FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR, yep caps lock firmly on for that announcement, I'm that serious about it.

So I know its only March and there is a lot of the year left and technically I read it last year so this is all getting a little confusing but honestly I feel like if I tell you how I honestly feel about this book y'all will think I've been paid to give it a rave review (Just an FYI, this isn't paid/sponsored whatever, all gushing is my own) It's just one of those books that really is right slap,bang in the avenue of what I love in a story.

I love fashion so much and I really do love celebrity gossip (I know, I know I should be above it all but I'm just not) so this book is the perfect combination of both.  The main character Amber really has you rooting for her all the way through, she basically gets given what a lot of us would imagine is a dream life and job and without giving too much of the story away she realises that maybe everything isn't always as amazing when you take off your rose tinted glasses and see something for what it really is, which is something that I think a lot of people who read the book will relate too.

The celebrity stylist in the book Mona is just all kinds of perfect too, in the worst possible way.  As soon as I finished the book I was like, OK when is the movie coming out as it is just written like the most perfect romcom. Mona was the one who I thought would have all the best lines in the film, you know like you sort of hate-love her and she would have the most perfect snarky put downs that you would want to memorise and repeat after seeing the film, that sort of character, just amazing!

Now this is a complete work of fiction, nothing is meant to be based on real people or real events but if any of you have caught an episode or series of The Rachel Zoe project which is a reality show based around celebrity stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe then you will probably be slightly reminded of her when you read about Mona. There is a definite nod in the book to that period in time we had a few years ago when stylists seemed to be more famous than who they were dressing and you can't help but wonder if The Stylist, even though it is fiction hasn't maybe hit upon a few home truths about the industry as it really does seem all so realistic the way its portrayed.

When I first started reading the book all the press that went with it was saying it was similar to The Devil Wears Prada, now as someone who read that book and loved it so much and then when the movie came out years later loved it even more I was very sceptical but I have to admit I enjoyed The Stylist more than the book version of The Devil Wears Prada and if you know me you know that is high praise.  It just felt like there is a bigger element of fun and comedy and realness (is that a word?)in The Stylist. Although if you did love The Devil Wears Prada, any other type of fashion film, book or documentary then you will without a doubt just fall in love with this story.

The author Rosie Nixon, is currently the editor of HELLO! magazine and I honestly want to sit and talk with her for like 5 hours to find out all the inspiration and story behind the book because I have a feeling that working at such a well known magazine must give you enough stories to fill 10 books.  I can't actually believe this is Rosie's debut novel as it was just so amazing and it makes me so super excited to see what her others books will be like (she surely must be writing more, right?) as this one is going down as one of my favourites!

If you want a really fun, light, perfect read that is based around celebrities and fashion but has such a massive beautiful heart to it then you need this book in your life.  It's actually a book I really wish I had in a hard/paper copy and not on download as I would love to display it as the cover is so beautiful too...

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