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For viewers that love Project Runway comes a series that puts fashion at the forefront. 16-year-old Chloe Montgomery has always loved everything to do with fashion. Clothes, accessories, designing--she knows it all. And when she finds out Teen Design Diva, a new reality series for aspiring teenage designers, is holding auditions in her town, she's desperate to win a spot o For viewers that love Project Runway comes a series that puts fashion at the forefront. 16-year-old Chloe Montgomery has always loved everything to do with fashion. Clothes, accessories, designing--she knows it all. And when she finds out Teen Design Diva, a new reality series for aspiring teenage designers, is holding auditions in her town, she's desperate to win a spot on the show. She knows this is her chance to finally get her designs noticed. But before Chloe can realize her dreams, she has to survive the competition.


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For viewers that love Project Runway comes a series that puts fashion at the forefront. 16-year-old Chloe Montgomery has always loved everything to do with fashion. Clothes, accessories, designing--she knows it all. And when she finds out Teen Design Diva, a new reality series for aspiring teenage designers, is holding auditions in her town, she's desperate to win a spot o For viewers that love Project Runway comes a series that puts fashion at the forefront. 16-year-old Chloe Montgomery has always loved everything to do with fashion. Clothes, accessories, designing--she knows it all. And when she finds out Teen Design Diva, a new reality series for aspiring teenage designers, is holding auditions in her town, she's desperate to win a spot on the show. She knows this is her chance to finally get her designs noticed. But before Chloe can realize her dreams, she has to survive the competition.

30 review for Making the Cut

  1. 5 out of 5

    ✨Sofia ✨

    This was an adorable book that centered around a girl named Chloe Montgomery who was obsessed with fashion. She liked creating her own designs and bringing them to life and the show Design Diva (exactly like Project Runway) was her inspiration. I only gave this book 3 stars because although it was very entertaining, I feel like it lacked drama (I can't believe I just said that). However, when I watch fashion Runway I like feeling the stress and tension of the contestants through the screen as I' This was an adorable book that centered around a girl named Chloe Montgomery who was obsessed with fashion. She liked creating her own designs and bringing them to life and the show Design Diva (exactly like Project Runway) was her inspiration. I only gave this book 3 stars because although it was very entertaining, I feel like it lacked drama (I can't believe I just said that). However, when I watch fashion Runway I like feeling the stress and tension of the contestants through the screen as I'm also competing with them. With this book, I feel like the animosity between the contestants was lacking and that would have made the book infinitely more exciting. I know this book had great potential because I seriously couldn't put it down. I was so addicted to the idea of teenagers being given the opportunity to compete in Teen Design Diva and so I was really invested in the story and each chapter wanting to know what the next challenge would be and who would be eliminated. However, the story was too smooth and I felt like it needed a conflict to be resolved in the end. Still a very enjoyable read though, especially with the beautiful illustrations to really help capture the designs. This book can definitely pull you out of a reading slump!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aimee✨

    I'll admit that when I saw this at the library it was the cover that stood out. The way it was placed on the shelf was showing the cover off. Then I read the back and it reminded me of Project Runway, which I used to love watching. I could not put this book down. I loved both the story and Chloe. It was like going behind the scenes of Project Runway. Chloe even went to Mood in New York City. But the illustrations of Chloe's designs are amazing. I just sat and stared at them even though I wanted I'll admit that when I saw this at the library it was the cover that stood out. The way it was placed on the shelf was showing the cover off. Then I read the back and it reminded me of Project Runway, which I used to love watching. I could not put this book down. I loved both the story and Chloe. It was like going behind the scenes of Project Runway. Chloe even went to Mood in New York City. But the illustrations of Chloe's designs are amazing. I just sat and stared at them even though I wanted to read more. I loved the Toys 'R' Us Cotton Candy design the best. I think that skirt is my favourite. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this but considering I read it in one day I think it's obvious that I really did. I can't wait to see what happens to Chloe in the next book and the beautiful designs too.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katarina

    Let me start off with: Can Chloe please design an outfit for me? This book is truly unique. Not only an engaging and fun story with a level headed, strong main character, but the illustrations are exquisite. I want to buy a hard copy of this book and use it as a coffee table book. Each outfit Chloe and the others design, is illustrated in the book. The sketches are beautifully done, and the clothes are amazing. I would wear almost every single one of them. This makes the book different, and engag Let me start off with: Can Chloe please design an outfit for me? This book is truly unique. Not only an engaging and fun story with a level headed, strong main character, but the illustrations are exquisite. I want to buy a hard copy of this book and use it as a coffee table book. Each outfit Chloe and the others design, is illustrated in the book. The sketches are beautifully done, and the clothes are amazing. I would wear almost every single one of them. This makes the book different, and engages you even more into the story. I'm not sure why, because usually I don't need pictures to immerse myself in a book, but with this one I felt an even deeper connection. About the text: I loved this book. Chloe is a great role model, and in the book she behaves maturely and with good judgement, but also how a real person her age would act. It's not preachy or overdone. I liked the adult characters around Chloe, and also her friends. a really really good book! Great story but the sketches put it over the top!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Granados

    Loved the illustrations! It is a fun book for teens that are aspiring to be fashion designers. The story was too predictable though.

  5. 5 out of 5

    David

    The rating and following review are from my eleven year old daughter. As of yet I have not read the book. "this book rocks there's no word 2 discribe it the book is out of this world" The rating and following review are from my eleven year old daughter. As of yet I have not read the book. "this book rocks there's no word 2 discribe it the book is out of this world"

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elsa R

    I loved this book so much that its my favorite book all year! This book is really similar to the April Sinclair books because its about a girl who really wants something.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gahyun

    loved this book it was filled with action and suspense

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tara Strosnider

    I loved this book the images in the book of the designs helped to see what the outfits actually turned out to be. And chloe was nervous at first but she improves through the book and I loved how when I was reading I could see chloe blossom into the fashion designer she would be. And what I loved was how whatever challenge got in her way she had a way to fight from the middle and go to the top, and end up winning the whole thing. I did not like Nina from the beginning because she was so snobby an I loved this book the images in the book of the designs helped to see what the outfits actually turned out to be. And chloe was nervous at first but she improves through the book and I loved how when I was reading I could see chloe blossom into the fashion designer she would be. And what I loved was how whatever challenge got in her way she had a way to fight from the middle and go to the top, and end up winning the whole thing. I did not like Nina from the beginning because she was so snobby and rude to Nina and I am happy that Chloe beat her because Nina did not deserve it. I highly recommend this series to anyone adults of kids cause its's fashion and if you love fashion or ever wondered what it would be like to be a contestant on a fashion tv show then pick this book up! The photography and illustrations make me or anyone as a reader feel like we are seeing everything through Chloe's eyes. The outfits are so amazing you just want to rip them out of the book and frame them.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Iris R.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love this book because it had so much suspense if Chloe would get to go to New York. This book would be perfect for anyone who loves fashion or just a good story. If you like the series by Laura Friedman you would like this series. This book is about a girl named Chloe and she loves fashion. There was a spot on her favorite TV show that she went to auditions for. And, if you read the book you will find out if she makes it in or not.....

  10. 4 out of 5

    allison a

    4.5! I had originally read this book in the fifth grade. Now reading it almost five years later its still amazing. I loved reading about all the fashion so good!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amiah Corp

    This book was an AMAZING BOOK! I love Project Runway and this book is so much like it. Chloe is a fashion designer and she loves the show called Design Diva (a show just like Project Runway) and they made a teen version and she gets in to the show. I think her design ideas are very good. It is a series called Chloe by Design. I really liked the first book so I might read the whole series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    silene

    Awesome, best fashion book ever! Highly recommend

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Chloe has always designed clothes—-it’s her passion, and her favorite show is Project Runway—-excuse me, Design Divas. When she hears they are doing a teen version, she just has to try out, even though her arch-nemesis Nina is also trying out. Chloe throws her whole concentration behind creating projects for the first and second auditions, and the illustrations throughout the book show both her many concepts and her final designs. She has some ups and downs, but does make it to the show and then Chloe has always designed clothes—-it’s her passion, and her favorite show is Project Runway—-excuse me, Design Divas. When she hears they are doing a teen version, she just has to try out, even though her arch-nemesis Nina is also trying out. Chloe throws her whole concentration behind creating projects for the first and second auditions, and the illustrations throughout the book show both her many concepts and her final designs. She has some ups and downs, but does make it to the show and then must survive multiple challenges and a little backstabbing. Will she win the internship? And what about that cute guy Jake that she met at an arts fair? What’s he doing in New York? I’m a big Project Runway fan, so I enjoyed this, and thought it was well-packaged and presented. The color illustrations really help with visualizing the fashions, which are really the point of the book (more of the models could be women of color, though-—an opportunity lost, there). A lot of time is spend describing what Chloe is making, and how, and what the other designers make. There’s not a whole lot of character development, though I liked Chloe’s family background in rodeo, which is unusual. There’s minimal drama during the show, which is rather like a stripped-down Project Runway; the worst the archnemesis does is steal a seam ripper, and Chloe finds another one so it was no big deal. The design challenges are creative, and would be fun to see on the real show. There’s not much detail about what it’s really like to be on a reality show, both in terms of the day to day happenings and in terms of people in the real world reacting-—the emphasis here is on the clothes. Speaking of which, I’ve watched fashion design shows for many years (did you know you can stream Project Runway Australia on YouTube?), and I wasn’t impressed with the designs. Everything looked cute and sleek, but not particularly creative—-nothing I haven’t seen a million times before. I did enjoy the book though-—nice to have something light after the horror show I read yesterday!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lady Entropy

    (ARC Given by NetGalley) I have to confess I liked the designs a lot more than I liked the story, but I suspect that was because of problems with pacing. Chloe was endearing and passionate and so I was, obviously, rooting for her to win, so my few issues with this book came not from the characters but rather how it was organized. It's possible that this book would have worked better if split into two, allowing for the first part to be Chloe preparing for the competition, and the second being the c (ARC Given by NetGalley) I have to confess I liked the designs a lot more than I liked the story, but I suspect that was because of problems with pacing. Chloe was endearing and passionate and so I was, obviously, rooting for her to win, so my few issues with this book came not from the characters but rather how it was organized. It's possible that this book would have worked better if split into two, allowing for the first part to be Chloe preparing for the competition, and the second being the competition itself -- instead, whatever little conflicts there were, they had to be diminished because the "big payoff" was still to come. Plus, the competition section felt incredibly rushed through, with multiple challenges happening on top of each other, characters being shipped off in hordes and with flimsy excuses to reach as quickly as possible to the top three - even if the book is 400 pages long and a good chunk of it was dedicated to the competition. Plus, Nina, who was the closest thing to a villain, was barely a villain -- the worst thing she did was steal a hemline cutter -- and it was so very easily replaced that it wasn't even a challenge. There were was no conflict, no drama other than the main character stressing constantly with "Can I make this". She doesn't change, she doesn't grow that much. And that is a huge pity because Chloe is likeable, has a good relationship with her mother and her friends and the rest of her family. Still, maybe the next book will come out and we'll see Chloe at her internship and the book will feel less rushed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shreema

    My rating: 2/5 stars I was really looking forward to reading this novel because it seemed like a book different to others, with its cool illustrations and storyline, and once I started reading I found I why. A few pages into the book I came to realise that I really, really disliked the main character. She was an over-confident, stupid, incredibly selfish and childish person who tried to be humble and down to earth (but to me that just made her cringe-worthy) and tried to impress everyone she came My rating: 2/5 stars I was really looking forward to reading this novel because it seemed like a book different to others, with its cool illustrations and storyline, and once I started reading I found I why. A few pages into the book I came to realise that I really, really disliked the main character. She was an over-confident, stupid, incredibly selfish and childish person who tried to be humble and down to earth (but to me that just made her cringe-worthy) and tried to impress everyone she came upon, only to end up as a charity case of some sort, that she openly accepted, which to me was totally unacceptable! The unpleasantness of the protagonist’s personality bled through to the narration which further ruined the story for me. What made it worse, was that the author tried to get the reader to sympathise for the main character, by adding poverty into her background. But an unfortunate circumstance like poverty and an irritable character just do not mix and it didn’t bode well with me. Another downer for me was that the plot was really lacking in suspense and drama, because the reader already knew what was going to happen, because honestly, the events of the book were very cliché. The only thing about the book that I did like, were the illustrations and that was only because they kind of made sense to me, rather than the fashion terms that were used quite often throughout the book to describe different designs. So basically, if you’re not into fashion and designing and all that jazz (which I’m not), then this book is seriously not meant for you. Shreema

  16. 5 out of 5

    Freya.e

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Making the Cut is a realistic fiction novel about Chloe Montgomery, a 16-year old girl who loves everything fashion. Designing clothes, wearing them, and most of all, watching a Project Runway-esque TV show called Designer Diva. When she finds out that auditions for a teen Designer Diva are being held in her town, she is desperate to be in the show. She auditions by designing and creating three original garments, and gets in. Throughout the competition, she faces challenges such as cheating cont Making the Cut is a realistic fiction novel about Chloe Montgomery, a 16-year old girl who loves everything fashion. Designing clothes, wearing them, and most of all, watching a Project Runway-esque TV show called Designer Diva. When she finds out that auditions for a teen Designer Diva are being held in her town, she is desperate to be in the show. She auditions by designing and creating three original garments, and gets in. Throughout the competition, she faces challenges such as cheating contestants (a stolen seam ripper), disqualifications (only some cheaters get caught), and boys (Chloe has a crush on the son of one of the judges). This was a mediocre book. I enjoyed the beautiful watercolour sketches of Chloe's designs that were sprinkled throughout the book. Also, almost all the characters (mainly Chloe herself) were very realistic, (though they all seemed to have perfect lives). But it definitely wasn't very creative or original. It had a 'mean girl', crushes, and a extremely cliché ending (she wins the contest). This is probably the book equivalent to a 'chick flick'. It is good for light reading, but isn't a really good book overall. I partly chose to read it because at the time, I was making a skirt at the time. I recommend it for ages ten to sixteen.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Beware: Spoilers ahead. If I'm being honest, during the first 50 pages of this book I was constantly rolling my eyes. It was SO cliche, Chloe seemed like a naive ditz, and it kind of seemed like it was written by a twelve year old. Luckily, it got a lot better. The illustrations were amazing. I really loved how they would describe an outfit and then show a picture of it. Once Chloe made it onto Teen Design Diva, everything got 1000 times better. Everything was explained in more detail, she wasn't Beware: Spoilers ahead. If I'm being honest, during the first 50 pages of this book I was constantly rolling my eyes. It was SO cliche, Chloe seemed like a naive ditz, and it kind of seemed like it was written by a twelve year old. Luckily, it got a lot better. The illustrations were amazing. I really loved how they would describe an outfit and then show a picture of it. Once Chloe made it onto Teen Design Diva, everything got 1000 times better. Everything was explained in more detail, she wasn't constantly whining about how much Nina sucked, and I thought a lot of things were realistic-ish. I wish the ending hadn't, well, ended so quickly. It's like, "Okay! You win! The end." I do know that I will be looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel though.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    This book is perfect for fans of the TV shows Project Runway and Styled To Rock, basically anyone with a love of fashion design and creating different looks. It focuses on a 16 year old girl Chloe who finds out her favourite show Design Diva is going to be having its own teen version. We follow her as she tries to win a place on the show alongside her high school rival. Where this book really comes alive is the artwork, its one thing to read descriptions of Chloe's designs but to actually be able This book is perfect for fans of the TV shows Project Runway and Styled To Rock, basically anyone with a love of fashion design and creating different looks. It focuses on a 16 year old girl Chloe who finds out her favourite show Design Diva is going to be having its own teen version. We follow her as she tries to win a place on the show alongside her high school rival. Where this book really comes alive is the artwork, its one thing to read descriptions of Chloe's designs but to actually be able to see them takes it to the next level and it really is a beautiful touch. The storyline does still stand well on its own but the pictures are fabulous.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    UPDATE 2/12/16: It's been quite a few months since I read this, but it's still on my mind. Changing from 4.5 to 5 stars. 4.5 stars I really liked this book! It was different from what I usually read, but I still really liked it. The only thing was, it was kind of predictable. But anyway, I really liked it! Clean rating: 100% clean. UPDATE 2/12/16: It's been quite a few months since I read this, but it's still on my mind. Changing from 4.5 to 5 stars. 4.5 stars I really liked this book! It was different from what I usually read, but I still really liked it. The only thing was, it was kind of predictable. But anyway, I really liked it! Clean rating: 100% clean.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emily Rabecca

    I so love this book!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nayaab Shah

    Love this book. Filled with suspense and hilarious moments. A perfect read after a day's work of testing. It really inspired me to be a fashionista sketched. Love this book. Filled with suspense and hilarious moments. A perfect read after a day's work of testing. It really inspired me to be a fashionista sketched.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Suzannah Seerden

    I loved this book i could not put it down.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Milla03blossom

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was really good, it definitely got me reading more during the day which I am really happy about. The reason I gave this book four stars is only because when Chloe makes an outfit she explains it for about two pages of what she is doing, not saying that is bad but it kind of annoyed me because it was almost like a waste of time. Also the book was the kind of story where you know who is going to win (so kind of like a fairytale.)But overall I recommend the book to you.

  24. 5 out of 5

    AbbyandLisa

    I've never really been into fashion or books about it (I do find Project Runway fun to watch though), but I like Making the Cut solely because of all the drama. Of course, you know the main character is gonna get the happy ending, but it's always fun seeing all the twists, especially when the rival is introduced. To sum it up, I would say it was definitely a cliché, but pretty alright book. I've never really been into fashion or books about it (I do find Project Runway fun to watch though), but I like Making the Cut solely because of all the drama. Of course, you know the main character is gonna get the happy ending, but it's always fun seeing all the twists, especially when the rival is introduced. To sum it up, I would say it was definitely a cliché, but pretty alright book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joselyn Juarez

    And when she finds out Teen Design Diva, a new reality series for aspiring teenage designers is holding auditions in her town, she's desperate to win a spot on the show. She knows this is her chance to finally get her designs noticed. But before Chloe can realize her dreams, she has to survive the competition. And when she finds out Teen Design Diva, a new reality series for aspiring teenage designers is holding auditions in her town, she's desperate to win a spot on the show. She knows this is her chance to finally get her designs noticed. But before Chloe can realize her dreams, she has to survive the competition.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Scheline

    It is so funny that their is a new series coming out called “Making The Cut.” Heidi From Project Runway is doing a new Amazon show. I imagine the new show will be just like this book. It was a great story. Great easy read for middle reader to teen. There were a number of typos in the book and a couple moments of weird grammar. I would not give the editing a 5 star ⭐️ review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    I enjoyed the story, and I was rooting for Chloe. There wasn’t a lot of character development, and we never really find out what motivates the characters (other than “I like fashion” and “I want to win this competition”), but still an entertaining read. I think my favorite part was actually the illustrations of all the outfits.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Daniella

    I loved the book idea and the fact that all the fashion parts were so detailed, however, I felt that at times the characters emotions were too forced or too extreme for the situation without more detail.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This is not my type of book AT ALL- but it was good. I'm not into fashion or sewing even a little bit but this jumped out at me on the library shelf and I have to admit that it was cute. Especially the illustrations by Brooke Hagel-- they made the book so fun. This is not my type of book AT ALL- but it was good. I'm not into fashion or sewing even a little bit but this jumped out at me on the library shelf and I have to admit that it was cute. Especially the illustrations by Brooke Hagel-- they made the book so fun.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kennedy

    I think that anybody will enjoy this book. It is about a girl who is a fashion addict. The Conflict at the end is huge for her. It is a super good book to read. It is a bit long but,it is worth it. All ages up to 17 will enjoy this book! -Kennedy

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