EMWF Kids' Reads

The Power of Style – How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures
Written by Christian Allaire
Published by annick press

A book review by Lily (14)

Welcome Lily! Can you tell us what this book is about?

Lily: The Power of Style explains different style choices and how they work to represent different cultures. It also gives examples of real life people who use the style, and sometimes instructions or suggestions on how to make your own.

What do you like about this book?

Lily: I found this book really inspiring, it was part of what gave me the confidence to try out new fashion styles.

I like the way the narration is broken into little blurbs, and the way that it has personal anecdotes along the way. It makes things much more relatable when you get to read about real life experiences.

What important messages/themes are present in the story and why would this appeal to a young adult reader?

Lily: Some of the important themes that I think would appeal to a young reader would be embracing diversity and cultural backgrounds. Be yourself, be different, because different is cool, interesting.

Who would you recommend this book to?

Lily: I would recommend this book to people trying to learn more about the backgrounds mentioned in the book, as well as people trying to understand and embrace cultural differences. The Power of Style does a great job explaining why different styles are important to a culture's history. I would also recommend this title to teens who are wanting to explore different aspects of style, but maybe don’t have the confidence to, or are unsure of what, exactly, they want to do with their fashion, because even if they don’t use the fashion in The Power of Style, the book will bring a new understanding to the world of fashion, open new horizons and ideas to explore.

If you could ask the author a question, what would it be?

Lily: If I could ask the author, Cristian Allaire, anything, my question would be: What is it like, meeting all these inspiring people and writing about them, how many of them did you actually get to talk to?

Thank you Lily!