★ ☆★ ☆★ – 4 Stars
Five girls. A paper dress. Tons of shoes. One unforgettable raincoat. White Jeans. Secrets. Drama. Friends?
For Justine, Bianca, Becka, Polly, and Anne, living in Westfield, New Jersey is “life on planet toilet paper.” At least that’s how Justine feels when she shows up as the new girl in school wearing a Scott Paper Caper dress. To her, it’s a super-original fashion statement. But other “loser freaks” don’t agree.
The other girls have their own fashion issues, ranging from fabulous boots to raggedy pajamas to what to wear to therapy. Told in alternating voices, TALES FROM MY CLOSET follows the stories of high school kids who have nothing in common–and everything in common. They’re at war with each other, but through their clothes, they reveal and conceal themselves and make peace with what it means to be a teen. Over the course of a school year, their individual struggles and successes come together to tell a story that’s funny, honest, and all-girl fabulous.
Loved the alternating stories throughout the book. Huge of family secrets, financial instabilities, denial, self-image, self-discovery, teenage hormones, and a fashion sense that will drive them crazy! With the alternating stories, you got the insight of all the girl’s thoughts, and how everything played out. Of course all the girls have a connection that is bound to be nothing but true friends.
The story was very well put together, inviting, and you can really see how this could easily be a true life story. My only downfall was some of the characters lacked building, and I would love to known more about them. However, it is definitely worth a read and will recommend to those would love Young Adult.
About the Author
Jennifer Anne Moses, who lived for years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a writer and painter who currently lives in Montclair, NJ, where the pizza is much better but the Zydeco, not so much. In addition to her books, she’s published dozens of essays, articles, Op Ed pieces, and short stories, and her work has been anthologized in the Pushcart Prizes and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. At readings, she mainly tells stories and jokes. She and her husband have two mutts and three children.
Disclosure: I won this book for free via Goodreads First Reads. I did not have to do the review, and this review is my honest opinion.