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16-year-old Chloe Montgomery beat out the competition to win Teen Design Diva, but she already has another challenge to face — tackling her internship. After winning the first season of the fashion reality show, Chloe is ready to start her job with a famous designer, Stefan Meyers, in New York City. But with an old crush and new challenges to contend with, Chloe discovers16-year-old Chloe Montgomery beat out the competition to win Teen Design Diva, but she already has another challenge to face — tackling her internship. After winning the first season of the fashion reality show, Chloe is ready to start her job with a famous designer, Stefan Meyers, in New York City. But with an old crush and new challenges to contend with, Chloe discovers that fast-paced fashion industry isn’t for the faint of heart. Will she be able to make it work, or will the balancing act prove to be too much for this budding designer? For ages 9-12. From the Chloe by Design series.*Appeals to viewers of Project Runway*Perfect for aspiring teen designers and girls who love fashion*Reality-competition setting appeals to teens by tying into current television interests*Artwork from fashion industry illustrator with experience at major magazines and TV shows*Sketchbook-style artwork encourages creativityLinks...

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ISBN : 9781623702588
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Balancing Act Reviews

  • Christina
    2019-02-04 09:04

    Chloe By Design is apparently aimed at ages 9 - 12, but is about a 16-year-old who has landed an internship at one of the most popular fashion houses after winning a popular TV show. Chloe must deal with new roommates, a new crush and the stresses of proving herself in the internship. Firstly, the illustrations in the book were perhaps my favourite part, although they were pretty repetitive. The story, whilst I enjoyed the parts about the internship, just bored me. The main character, Chloe, was dull, a bit stupid and self-centered and the side characters weren't any better. In particular, her roommate Madison, who didn't like her for no reason at all was never explained. Throughout the book when a bitchy comment was made, I'd keep thinking that it would be resolved some way towards the end, that we'd find out what this girls problem was, but no. It was left open and we never had any explanation whatsoever as to why this girl hated Chloe so much. I particularly didn't like that the book often repeated facts. It wasn't as though the author was reminding us of a detail, but more that she simply forgot she'd told us, so told us repeatedly, which I found extremely irritating. The whole book is written in first person, so the "dear diary" sections that were interspersed throughout the book didn't seem necessary. They weren't adding any extra POV to the book, it just seemed like a different way to present the same information and it wasn't necessary at all. I'm not sure the age group of 9 - 12-year-olds was particularly accurate as the protagonist was 16 and essentially, in a place of work so it may have been more suitable for that age group. Either way, I didn't really like this book. If you liked the idea of the fashion world themes, you should probably check out Material Girls instead. *I received a copy of this book for an honest review from NetGalley

  • Rana G.
    2019-01-16 10:22

    Title: Chloe by Design: Balancing ActAuthor: Margaret GurevichSeries: Chloe by Design #5?Publisher: Capstone Young ReadersPub Date: Sep 1, 2015 Genres: Middle grade, contemporary, fashion designSource: NetGalley, in exchange for an honest reviewFormat: e-ARCRating: goodCover: 7\10Review: on GoodreadsEven though it is not the first book in the series- I guess it is the fifth? - You can read it as if it's the first, since everything is recapped and explained. Sometimes, more than once. It follows a teen, Cloe, who wins in a fashion competition on TV and the reward was an internship for Stefen Meyer in NY, and we see how she cope with her new job.Chloe's love for fashion is apparent and appreciated throughout the novel. It is not hard to relate to her, she is nice and sometimes overwhelmed herself and try her best. I liked that she acts and behaves like an actual teen. And how she treats everyone politely, even the ones who are mean to her, is admirable. One great concept was the whole " intern" thing, especially in fashion industries, it was the most interesting part of the book. Mainly, it focused on designing, but sometimes it showed different possibilities of what else one can do in the fashion industries. And I liked everyone she worked with, they were nice and didn't mind that she is a teen so they were open to her opinions.I loved the illustrations and surprisingly, there many of them! But the diary entries were unnecessary and can be skipped.Overall, it was a nice read, as long as fashion is an interest, even if a tiny interest. Perfect for young readers as well as teens.

  • Sara Kiplinger
    2019-01-29 12:29

    Even though there were lots of issues with this book, I still liked the overall story and concept of this series so I still gave it 3 stars, as opposed to the 2 I was considering. This is the continuation of Chloe's story after winning a design show in the first book. She is working at her internship at a famous designer in NYC as part of her prize and gets to experience several different departments in the fashion world. This story really focuses on the fashion aspect of her life, there is a touch of romance and some drama, but it is definitely good for fashionistas. I love the full-color illustrations of her different design ideas. It really helps you see what she's talking about as opposed to just having to use your imagination. Plus, it just makes the book look more interesting.As I commented on another review, I was not impressed in the least with the repetition that I found to be a major part of this story. I'm hoping that is something that is fixed before the actual book is released. If I had to read one more time about who Leisel McKay was, I was going to throw my iPad across the room. If a reader can't remember who a character is after the first introduction, then they should just quit reading! Sheesh! We were told at least 5 times that Leisel was a designer that worked as a mentor to Chloe on the design show....oh, and she is Jake's mom. Who is Jake? Don't worry, that will be explained a few times too. Sorry if this seems harsh, but I found it seemed like the author felt the reader was too stupid to remember details. Anyway, this is still a fun story that I will probably purchase for my high school library since I already have the first book and because I know it will appeal to a certain demographic of students. Hopefully, those errors will be resolved by publication.

  • Entrada Book Review
    2019-01-30 12:03

    Chloe Montgomery has just won the reality television competition Teen Design Diva and has won a prestigious summer internship with Stefan Meyers in New York City. Spending the summer working at a fashion label, living in the Fashion Institute of Technology dorms and designing is more than a dream come true. A talented designer, Chloe is up to the task, but being on her own without her best friend Alex or her mom will be a challenge. There is a lot more to learn in the industry besides paisley's and pumps. Chloe will spend time tackling every aspect of the industry in preparation for Fashion Week, the most important design event of the year. Balancing work, friends, a cute boy and mean girls is more than enough to keep her hopping.This peek into the fashion industry may be intended for younger readers, but older readers will not be disappointed. Chloe is incredibly likeable and realistic. Although she is very mature for a sixteen year old girl, she still responds and reacts genuinely in the situations placed before her, and not always in the right way. Chloe learns the ins and the outs of the different details and departments associated in the fashion industry and as a result, the reader learns along with her. Included in the book are beautiful journal entries and sketches of outfits.A well written and interesting read. One of the few books that is completely clean without sacrificing writing or storyline. Recommended for readers ages 9-12. This series will become a staple for fashion forward teens."You want me to read fashion mags all day? I ask....Best. Assignment. Ever."

  • Bla Bla Blaus Blog
    2019-01-17 08:05

    4.8 Stars! I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review from Capstone via Netgalley.Story: 4.5 StarsCover: 5 Amazing StarsWhat captivated me first about this book was the cover. The drawing on the cover and inside the book are AMAZING, and when sometimes I couldn't imagine the look from the description given, and next came the draw that wow me. Chloe is an every ambitious girl, that want to be a name in the fashion industry, and she in High School and the other interns in Uni, was not something that stopped her and put her down. Jake, my boy, you are so cute. I could "see" the beggining of a sweetheart love, a beautiful partnership. Go Girl, you already have a good friendship with your To be mother in law. Michael, Stefan, Laura and Taylor are what every intern hope for, not just bosses but mentor. And I loved that each one had something different that could add to Chloe. Alex, I loved her new look. The few pages that she is in, kept me thinking about friendship, and the my good friends.For me, something that kept me reading was that this wasn't a book about romance, but about love in yourself, believing in your dreams and working hard to achieve that.I'm giving 4.8 Stars because I'm missing something. I don't know what exactly, if was the dorm girls relationship that I wanted more interaction, if was Chloe and Jake that was missing some attitude, but I think that if a sequel comes, this thing will be there.I really liked this book. It's for sure one of my favorites of the month.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-21 10:13

    Meh. I obviously didn't care much for this book, but I think it was more of a personal preference. In general, I don't care much for the "romanticized girly-girl" books. If the intended audience were to read this book, most likely girls (or boys I suppose) aged 8-14, than this book would probably be spectacular and out of this world. Chloe gets an internship for a fashion company over the summer and gets to work with the big guys, which I admit is pretty cool, even though I'm not into fashion myself. I guess the problem I had with this book was that nothing really happened and there was no character depth or development. Chloe did the same type of tasks day in day out, and did them perfectly almost every time. She seemed rather self-centered and too "perfect". But, then again, this is a book directed to a younger audience so I suppose things like that don't really matter. I just didn't like this book very much and will try to find someone to get rid of it for me.

  • 소피아
    2019-01-19 06:31

    It is just the perfect story that I am just looking forward to. My favorite style of book. Awaiting the next series. :)

  • Talia
    2019-01-30 11:31

    Awesome book! Illustrations made it so realistic

  • Kelley Rose
    2019-02-01 10:14

    Bravo to Ms. Gurevich! This book is unique and will be a hit with teen girls! I love the story line which deals with fashion design and a high school intern wanting to break into the business. The main character strives to maintain a high standard of morals and work ethic in a field that is known for its' competitiveness. I deeply appreciate that the author did not feel the pressure to add profanity, sexual scenarios, or homosexual references. It was simply a good, clean book that I know my students will enjoy and appreciate.

  • Jessie
    2019-01-19 10:28

    I thought it was great! It really showed the way of interning and I would recommend it to other girls out there. Chloe shows her passion and how kindness and being yourself can get you recognized. I love how it shows that you don't have to be perfect all the time.

  • Alana
    2019-02-07 11:27

    I enjoyed the book and I always found the illustrations with the designs included to add color and fun to the book.I liked the story concept because you cannot always balance everything, as displayed in the story.

  • Keturah
    2019-02-04 13:19

    I think this is a good book because it explains what it's like to be a young intern. It is inspiring because the overall message is go for your dreams and if you put the work in you'll succeed.

  • Niamh
    2019-01-26 14:15

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Milla03blossom
    2019-02-12 08:17

    I didn't enjoy the book because it was really boring and didn't have many exciting or interesting parts. I really liked the first book and now I am going to read the 3 book hopefully it'll be better.

  • Molly Sheridan
    2019-02-06 14:27

    I would give Balancing Act 4 stars. I was so happy to finally read the second book after a year of finishing the first. This book follows Chloe interning for Stefan Meyers after winning Design Diva. Chole gets along with most of her roommates except one Madison who thinks she doesn't deserve the internship. Chloe gets over her mean comment and still hopes the can get along. Chloe in this book works really hard to prove how good of a worker and designer she is. This book has lots of colorful sketches that Chloe describes, and a lot of characters from the first book. If you liked the first book you won't be disappointed with this one.

  • Adele
    2019-01-18 12:06

    This was a really fast read, and to my surprise, I liked this book better than Making the Cut. I'm so excited for the next one!

  • Anisha A
    2019-02-09 06:18

    it is a really good book for people that want to get a career in fashion design.

  • Angela
    2019-02-06 06:15

    In Balancing Act, we follow Chloe at her New York fashion house internship that she won in Book #1 (Making the Cut). She lives in a dorm where one of her roommates gives her a hard time about not earning her way into the industry. But Chloe is so good at creating unique fashion, that her samples get chosen to be made into designs for fashion week. Her mentors even give her a gift bag at the end of her internship — and it contains a surprise that Chloe had only dreamed of. I really liked the full color fashion sketches in the book. When Chloe described clothing she saw, the next page would have a drawing of that item. The book illustrated many kinds of clothing, and I especially liked seeing all the different ways a simple shirt could be designed. I liked that the author made a few mean characters in the middle of all the happy friends, families, interns and mentors. The story seemed more realistic that way. Even though there were always those mean people trying to discourage Chloe, she focused on a good support system of people who encouraged her to go for her dreams. Now that Chloe is done with her internship, I’m excited to read Book Three when she is back in her California hometown. (Honest review by my 11-year-old daughter who received a complimentary copy of this book)

  • Nayuleska
    2019-01-22 07:25

    Somehow I'd managed to think I'd reviewed Chloe's tale, which I hadn't. I love tales where characters chase their dreams, which for Chloe evolved around fashion. She gets to see a variety of departments in a fashion house, as well as a variety of characters. Her fellow interns are competitive, some with a bit of a mean streak, but by working hard and being good Chloe is rewarded with amazing opportunities. I like how modest she is, how she doesn't always think her ideas are good, but how she ends up being the one pointed out as having potential. Life isn't straight forward, but Chloe meets each problem face on and, sometimes with much needed friendly advice, she conquers them. This is a feel good book which everyone, regardless of how into fashion you are, will enjoy. I received a copy from NetGalley for an honest review on my blog Nayu's Reading Corner

  • Lisa
    2019-01-30 08:26

    You can find more reviews Mademoisellesnow BlogThe first thing that captivated me was the cover. I loved the cover design, the watercolours and the artwork was just divine. The next that caught my attention as the story about a fashion designer so of course a girl who loves fashion would be interested in reading about it.This was a peak into the fashion industry for the younger readers, as we follow Chloe through her every day life learning the ins and outs of the fashion industry the readers are learning along with her. I feel that this would be attractive for the younger readers but be a little disappointing to the older audience. I really liked Chloe as a character; she was realistic and very relatable. She was also very mature for her age.I would recommend this for the younger age of readers!

  • Emma
    2019-02-14 12:13

    I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I love the cover and the designs throughout the book. It was a cute book, but not really my thing.The characters were well defined and I liked their little quirks. The story had it's ups and downs, it was full of life and a good enjoyable read. Great for younger readers. Especially young girls who like fashion.Chloe is 16, but at times she acted younger and the way the book was written made her seem much younger, when I was reading I felt like I was reading about a 12 year old. Which was jarring at times since there was some stuff she was doing that no parent would let a 12 year old do.I would recommend this for younger readers.3 stars out 5

  • Evelyn Lyman
    2019-02-13 10:25

    My next book during this school year was Balancing Act by Margaret Gurevich. In Balancing Act, Chloe is New York City working as an intern for designer Stefan Meyers, after winning design competition, Teen Design Diva. She learns the harsh and fast paced reality of being a designer, while facing prejudice and a crush. Can she rise to the occasion or will she stumble and fall? I thoroughly enjoyed Balancing Act because I am a fashion critic and love chic-lit. This book definitely kept me pulled in, and I had quite some trouble putting it down. I think that other fashion lovers, no matter the age, would also enjoy this book, as well as teens who love drama and chic-lit.

  • Bethany Ekezie
    2019-02-08 08:16

    This book was really good. Chloe after the book "Make the Cut" earned an internship at Stefan Meyers fashion company. Chloe was an intern for 6 weeks and interned for three people. Chloe also got to help with Fashion Week which made her really happy. Chloe also got to be a guess judge on the show "Teen Design Diva" which is the show that gave her, her internship because she won. When Chloe was interning for her first person, Laura, Chloe designed pockets and at a meeting with Stefan, he loved her pockets and Laura gave her the credit. Most people don't give their interns credit. Stefan thought that Chloe was a really good intern and would love for her to intern again. Chloe said yes.

  • Charity
    2019-02-15 06:13

    For full review please go to:, Twitter @camartinez, Facebook "5 Girls Book Reviews"REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 10 monthsMAY CONTAIN SPOILER:This book was wonderful! It shows how stressful, challenging, and rewarding the fashion world can be. My favorite parts are the outfits because such detail and thought went into describing them. I think that the designs are beautiful and one of a kind. My favorite character is Laura because she is silly, works hard, and just makes me feel good.

  • Katarina
    2019-01-22 10:23

    The Chloe by Design books are pure genius. There's a wonderful story, and the illustrations are just gorgeous. I wish I could have some of the clothes Chloe designs, they are really that beautiful. The book is geared towards girls, I think, but as a middle aged woman I truly enjoyed reading this. And any boy with an interest in fashion will also be captivated.These books are the most beautifully illustrated books I've read to date, and the story is just as good as the pics.

  • Alexandra
    2019-02-03 07:08

    I am in love with this book and this series because it is so interesting and fun to read. I have read the first book and love it!

  • Claire
    2019-01-29 12:05

    This is one of the best books I've read in a while. Every now and then I have a day where I can just read as much as I want and usually start and finish a book, and this was one of those books.

  • Kristin
    2019-02-08 12:29

    Review pending full series completion.Loving it so far!

  • Brianne's Bookshelf
    2019-01-24 11:13

    Loved the book, yet not really my favorite type. :)

  • M Liu
    2019-02-12 08:15

    similar to first booknice chic lit, pretty designs, great for after reading too much Adele Geras