Cat's come to New York City with a dream: to be a fashion designer and see her name on a label at Bloomingdale's. But she soon finds that the competition--and the city--is tougher than she expected. It's not a perfect fit, but she's willing to make adjustments. Because after all, there are friends to be made, boys to flirt with, amazements to be found, and the possibility that all her dreams might just come true.
Character Development: 6/10
Overall Enjoyment: 4/10
Total Score: 38/70
Obtained: Free copy sent by publisher (POINT)
Age Appropriate? PG-13
Cussing: Quite frequently throughout.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Teenage drinking and drunkenness, references to drug use, smoking, etc.
Sexual Content: No actual scenes, but lots of narration/discussion/speculation/etc
Disturbing Images/Violence: Some mentally disturbed characters.
My expectations for this book weren't high, and they were met. Reading this book was like watching a bad Chick Flick movie on TV--very little character, almost no emotional connection, and idiotic characters. Cat, the protagonist, was a moron. She is exactly the kind of person that, in real life, I would avoid because of her shallowness, girly-girl-ness, and whiny nature.
The story attempted to provoke emotion, but I was dead inside. I didn't care about the characters, I didn't care about any of it really. Mostly I just wanted to finish the book so it would be over and done with. However, the author did a wonderful job of describing New York City and clearly had a vast knowledge of the fashion industry and sewing craft. It was fascinating, some of the descriptions of clothing being designed and put together. I envy Cat's skills, if nothing else.
Overall, if you're into quirky, mindless reading with mild suspense and interesting, if shallow, characters (and if you're interested in fashion design) Breakfast at Bloomingdale's is a good book for you.