Review: Gloss by Marilyn Kaye

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Title: Gloss
Series: Gloss #1
Author: Marilyn Kaye
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication Date: 6 June 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

New York, 1963.
Fashion, music and attitudes are changing, and there’s nowhere in the world more exciting. Sherry, Donna, Allison and Pamela have each landed a dream internship at Gloss; America’s number-one fashion magazine.

Each girl is trying to make her mark on New York and each finds herself thrown head-first into the buzzing world of celebrity, high-end fashion and gossip. But everything isn’t as glamorous as it seems – secrets from the past threaten to shatter their dreams.

They’re finding out that romance in New York is as unpredictable and thrilling as the city itself.


Gloss follows the life, hopes and dreams of four young girls who won a competition for their dream job; interning at the headquarters of a prestigious fashion magazine in New York. The story focuses on what each of the characters, (Sherry, Donna, Allison and Pamela) hope to achieve from their time at the magazine. This is accomplished with some help from romance, fashion and celebrity gossip.

This book is ideal for the girly, girl in your life (sorry to resort to using tropes but it is true). The way each girls personality differed from each other was really interesting to observe and made it very realistic to follow. My favourite character was Sherry; this may be due to the fact that the most information is shared about her and a connection is therefore able to be formed. I loved the portrayal of the era and the differences in the way girls in the 60’s were expected to behave in comparison to today’s teens. The fashion woven into the narrative added to the world building for the era and helped bring the characters to life.

Gloss is a fun, light read that while it may not be life inspiring it is an enjoyable read. I did feel as if the pacing dragged in places and at times the plot lacked a definite plot structure. Saying that, while Gloss may not be fast paced but it does provide a relaxing and enthralling read.


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    I’ve picked this up from my pile to put it down so many times over the last few months – I think I might have to try it soon, great review 🙂

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