Alterations

Alterations

If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they'd think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn't know that all the plans she's made for them are just dreams, and that she's the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family. When Amelia's abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship i...

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Title:Alterations
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Alterations Reviews

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    Dec 02, 2016

    3.5*

    There are a few things you need to know before we start. First, I almost didn't finish this, and I am super glad that I ended up giving it a chance, because it is quite adorable and 

    what I needed in my life at the time. Second, the problems I had with it are 100% Shannon problems, and probably won't be problems for people who are not me. I can admit when I am the problem. Usu

    3.5*

    There are a few things you need to know before we start. First, I almost didn't finish this, and I am super glad that I ended up giving it a chance, because it is quite adorable and 

    what I needed in my life at the time. Second, the problems I had with it are 100% Shannon problems, and probably won't be problems for people who are not me. I can admit when I am the problem. Usually. ;)

    I really love grandparents in books. Can we have more of this? Great. She is also close to her mom, but they have some strain in their relationship. This feels pretty natural though, as the mother-daughter dynamics shift through the teen years. So I liked that it was realistic, but still, Amelia and Abuelita made me smile so much.

     It is super refreshing to see a young woman who has goals and like, really works for what she wants. Amelia didn't have it all figured out, of course, she 

    still a teen after all, but she was exploring, and reaching outside her comfort zone (even if Abuelita did give her a little push). I think it sends a great message.

    Not to say there were never hard feelings or altercations, or even a few nastier characters, but these girls had each other's backs for the most part. They looked out for each other, and I thought that was fabulous. Again, another great message for young women to be hearing.

    I mean, who among us hasn't pined away for someone for whom we weren't even a blip on their radar? Yeah. I think we can all relate to Amelia's struggles. Not that we'd all be making Pinterest boards, but still. And her coming to the realization that maybe she was romanticizing him, and finding out who he is 

    her daydreams is so important. And then throw Liam into the mix and... well, it's just cute and I liked it.

    Like, I did not care at all. I was happy she had goals, and was doing awesome, but I did skim a bit through some of the fashion-heavy portions. This is something I should note for the future, hmm?

    Which is 

    , again, this is absolutely a me problem and 

    a book problem. But worth knowing, I think, hence its spot in my review.

    Hence the whole "I almost didn't finish this" thing. I wasn't getting a good feel on Amelia at the start, and I couldn't really connect to her. But like I said, it really did pick up, especially after about 30-40%, and I was really into it. Still, something to be aware of.

    It is absolutely a cute, feel-good contemporary book. Perfect if you need a pick-me-up, Amelia is a likeable character that you want to root for. The slow start gets made up for by a strong second half and a satisfying conclusion.

    *Copy provided by publisher for review

  • Rê
    Oct 21, 2016

    ARC via NetGalley.

    Thank you, Bloomsbury Spark!!

    When I read somewhere this book was supposed to be a mix of Sabrina (the movie) and Project Runway, I knew I had to have it. I absolutely adore the movie (I’ve watched the 1995 version a hundred times) and the fashion reality TV show is one of my favorites (it only loses to ANTM and its many versions worldwide). Plus, who doesn’t like Tim Gunn? It’s impossible not to love the “Make it Work” fashion expert.

    So I

    ARC via NetGalley.

    Thank you, Bloomsbury Spark!!

    When I read somewhere this book was supposed to be a mix of Sabrina (the movie) and Project Runway, I knew I had to have it. I absolutely adore the movie (I’ve watched the 1995 version a hundred times) and the fashion reality TV show is one of my favorites (it only loses to ANTM and its many versions worldwide). Plus, who doesn’t like Tim Gunn? It’s impossible not to love the “Make it Work” fashion expert.

    So I’m only happy to say that Alterations delivers on what it promises.

    The first part of the book is a heavily inspired on Project Runway. With Amelia (yay for Latina MC!!!) going to NYC to take part on a fashion summer program, we get to see her go to Mood, design her own clothes, meet fashion-lovers and even make a gown that is presented on the runway! I kept having flashbacks to all my favorite episodes of the show.

    (I love Elena & Dmitry and the baby challenge episode was one of my favorites EVER)…

    Anyway… going back to this review.

    Amelia’s time in NYC allows her to take a good look at herself and her life choices. Girlfriend had an unhealthy obsession with Ethan Laurenti, a boy who wouldn’t even know she existed if her family didn’t work for his. With distance comes perspective, and with good new friends comes her decision to focus more on her and less on her long-time crush.

    This almost felt like two books into one, because that first part I just mentioned had its own conflict and resolution: Amelia going to NYC, learning more about herself and her passion, creating trouble because of lies and making the decision to get over Ethan.

    While I did enjoy the Project Runway part of the story, I had a few problems with Amelia’s choices when she was in NYC, especially the ones involving her new friends and her lies. They felt unnecessary, and I couldn’t really understand her motivation. But, like I said, Amelia had an arc and she showed growth, maybe not as much as I would’ve liked, but it was still progress.

    Then the second book within the book comes when Amelia returns home and needs to face Ethan, and his brother Liam. That’s when the romance aspect of the story kicks in. In my opinion, it takes too long to get here, and if it had not been for the whole Project Runway similarity, I would’ve have waited as patiently for this moment. In fact, the book has a lot less romance than I thought it would.

    This is also when we get the Sabrina feels!

    Amelia likes Ethan, who didn’t pay attention to her until she returned. Ethan’s brother, Liam, liked Amelia since… ever (which is pretty clear from the start, but Amelia somehow doesn’t see). Amelia starts to hang out with Liam while she helps him develop a fashion app (I totally need it, BTW) and learns that Liam might be a lot more interesting than his brother.

    While I did enjoy seeing Liam and Amelia together, I wasn’t a big fan of how long it took Amelia to develop feelings for Liam. We were 80% in and Amelia was still struggling to let go of her crush on Ethan and see Liam as the true love interest. I felt robbed of truly experiencing the chemistry between Liam and Amelia, because she was still comparing him to his brother the whole time. I needed her realization to come a little earlier. I’d even take hints that she was interested in him at some point before the 90% mark.

    I also wasn’t a fan of how Amelia often referred to Liam’s lack of fashion sense. Sure, we got that he doesn’t know how to dress to impress, but she didn’t need to keep pointing that out every few pages. Every time she did, she grew a little more unlikable to me. And Amelia has all the traits to make her extremely likable in my book. She’s hard-working, creative, funny, loves her family…She didn’t need the lies from the first part or the way she talked about Liam’s clothes in the second.

    The ending followed the Sabrina theme, which I super approve, because there was no way I’d be happy with a different outcome. Yay for picking the right guy, Amelia, and making money on an app I need ASAP!

    Overall, this book had a really interesting concept and made good use of the comparative titles, which is always a plus. There were a few things I wish had been handled differently, but this was a fun and fast read, and fans of Project Runway and Sabrina will probably really enjoy it.

    OMG GUESS WHO HAS AN ARC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SABRINA <3 <3 <3

  • Stephanie
    Jun 12, 2015

    I'm part of a huge YA and New Adult book giveaway in February! Go to the link below to enter to win books and a $75 gift card. (Please note the submission guidelines as you may ask to be signed up for author newsletters!)

    -Stephanie Scott

  • Patty  (Bookish Wanderlove)
    Aug 17, 2015

    I'm sorry....

    is one of my favourite movies. I LOVE Audrey Hepburn, and while yes I love Harrison Ford and Greg Kinnear the 1954 version is THE BEST.

    Kids, if you haven't seen

    (and no, not

    ) you need to go watch it!!!

    I'm looking forward to some cuteness like this

    and more cuteness

    I NEED THIS BOOK ASAP!! This is going to be good, I know it will!! Anyone else looking forward to Alterations?!

  • Erica Chapman
    Oct 26, 2015

    Loved this story! Totally got the Sabrina comparison too! Great representation of empowerment and owning your own style. Amelia is likable and I enjoyed following her through her adventures. I really liked the incorporation of social media and technology too. Such a fun read!! I'm a fan! Add this one to your TBR

  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    Apr 01, 2016

    I loved Audrey Hepburn's "Sabrina" so naturally I will need to pick this one up!

  • YA Wednesdays
    Nov 18, 2016

    This is a solid 3.5 rounded up to 4 because of local flavor (MIAMI!) and positive portrayal of the fashion industry and positive, encouraging story to follow your dreams. You can find my full review on

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  • Stacee
    Nov 01, 2016

    I was sold at the comparison to Sabrina. I love that movie with a sickness and couldn't wait to see how it translated into a retelling.

    I liked Amelia well enough. She's smart and talented and {mostly} focused. Ethan and Liam were great opposites as brothers and their interactions with Amelia were interesting. I could have done with more banter and sweetness, but loved the nerdy references.

    My main complaint is that I never saw that burst of confidence from Amelia. After her fashion internship,

    I was sold at the comparison to Sabrina. I love that movie with a sickness and couldn't wait to see how it translated into a retelling.

    I liked Amelia well enough. She's smart and talented and {mostly} focused. Ethan and Liam were great opposites as brothers and their interactions with Amelia were interesting. I could have done with more banter and sweetness, but loved the nerdy references.

    My main complaint is that I never saw that burst of confidence from Amelia. After her fashion internship, I wanted her certain of her abilities and she seemed to falter more. Yes, part of it had to do with Ethan, but for me, this aspect came across more as being a people pleaser than being unsure of her future and what she wanted.

    Overall, it was a quick and cute read with a great epilogue.

    **Huge thanks to Bloomsbury Spark for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Kristy Mauna
    Nov 06, 2016

    was the perfect weekend read!

    This book is full of everything we love about contemporaries; young love, self discovery, family, and a little drama. Our main character, Amelia, comes full circle as she goes on a journey to discover who and what she truly wants in her life.. And I loved every minute of reading her story!

    As soon as the book begins we learn that Amelia's grandmother has enrolled her in a fashion internship, which Amelia had always planned on applying to but never did. Lea

    was the perfect weekend read!

    This book is full of everything we love about contemporaries; young love, self discovery, family, and a little drama. Our main character, Amelia, comes full circle as she goes on a journey to discover who and what she truly wants in her life.. And I loved every minute of reading her story!

    As soon as the book begins we learn that Amelia's grandmother has enrolled her in a fashion internship, which Amelia had always planned on applying to but never did. Learning that made me feel as if I knew Amelia a little better. She's shy and insecure, and like most teenagers she's a little unsure of what she wants out of life. She's extremely passionate though. It was inspiring to see her passion for every aspect of her life, from her family to becoming someone in the fashion industry.

    Amelia decides to leave behind the comfort of her home and attend the internship at NYFI. This part of the story was incredibly interesting! I loved reading how hard she worked to achieve her goals. There were also a lot of strong girl friendships, guys! I love when any strong friendships are represented and I'm happy this book didn't disappoint me. Amelia gains a lot of new friends at NYFI and they each brought something to Amelia's life. All of her friendships felt genuine and relatable, especially as they continued to encourage one another to reach their goals.

    As the story progresses, we start to see more of Amelia outside of the shy and insecure girl we first met. New York changed her, in a good way, and as she's feeling more confident she heads back home to Miami. There's a lot of changes in Amelia's everyday life and with her relationships. Which the drama brought something to the story while managing not to be so dramatic or cheesy, and I appreciated that.

    The Laurenti brothers, I should probably talk about Ethan and Liam.. I actually didn't really care for Ethan's character, to be honest. Liam on the other hand, he was definitely dorky and swoon-worthy! I love a good slow-burn relationship because they are always sweet and adorable in every way. The story always stays focused on Amelia though, and how she learns to stop living in her daydreams and appreciate what's right in front of her.. And that is very much present in her love life as well.

    I really enjoyed all of the characters though! This is a perfect book to pick up if you're looking for a diverse read. The characters each develop in a natural way as the story wraps up. Amelia had the biggest transformation, going from being an insecure girl who was too afraid to live in the present to a confident girl who did nothing but appreciate all that she had in that moment.

    The epilogue was perfection! Stephanie Scott is a fantastic writer and did a wonderful job showing the importance of loving yourself first and allowing that love to help you appreciate the people in your life. I highly recommend

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    This book was so inspiring! The main character's growth throughout the story was something special. The romance was sweet!! So many great friendships also.

    Proper RTC, but if you're looking for a light and sweet contemporary this holiday season then add this to your TBR list!

  • Alexa
    Nov 08, 2016

    I really wanted to like this novel, because the concept sounded so cute! And while there were elements that I thought had a ton of potential, overall, this one just wasn't my cup of tea. Underdeveloped in many ways, if I were to say what I thought the issue was.