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The Good, the Fab and the Ugly: Poseur    by Rachel Maude Amazon.com order for
Good, the Fab and the Ugly
by Rachel Maude
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Poppy, 2008 (2008)
Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Rachel Maude is back with her fashion-forward clique lit, Poseur. In the second book, The Good, the Fab and the Ugly, the Poseur girls are busy gearing up for their first product launch while getting into the Halloween spirit.

Melissa Moon is determined to find out who sabotaged their label-naming party. To find the culprit, the girls of Poseur agree to offer the winner of the label-naming the first of their designer products a stylish handbag called The Trick-or-Treater. Everyone likes the idea, but the problem is deciding whose design to use. Luckily, this time, their lives are causing too much conflict for there to be time to fight amongst themselves.

Melissa is determined to pin the blame of their disgraceful label name on 8th-grader Nikki Pellegrini. In the aftermath of the same Nikki's disastrous kiss with Charlotte's then-boyfriend Jake, Charlotte vows to make Jake jealous by finding a new, more worthy boyfriend. Janie, being Jake's twin and a partner with Charlotte in Poseur, finds herself caught in the middle, while trying to not see her life through Winston goggles. Petra, meanwhile, is busing keeping the secret that she saw her father cheating on her mother ... and also quite possibly secretly falling in love herself with one of Janie's crushes.

Poseur is pretty typical teen clique lit, but the fashion aspect is what really makes it stand out. Maude peppers the story with Janie's drawings of cool outfits and ideas for The Trick-or-Treater. Some of the Trick-or-Treater drawings made me drool, wishing the bag was real. And once again, for those who are into making their own fashion, designer Compai includes instructions for four crave-worthy pieces (sorry, no handbags, though). The Good, the Fab and the Ugly is not deep, but it is fun. Rachel Maude knows how to mix fashion and fiction for a entertaining read that lets readers escape from the stresses of real life.

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