Confederates Don't Wear Couture

Confederates Don't Wear Couture

Book - 2013
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While touring with group of Confederate Civil War re-enactors for a summer internship, Libby and Dev attempt to design and sell Southern Confederate costumes for a ball, investigate haunted battle grounds, and seek handsome Southern soldier boys.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547972589
054797258X
Characteristics: 226 p. ; 22 cm

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kellkell117 Aug 16, 2014

This book is a great romance book. I would reccomend this book to all teens and young adults. When I read the first chapter I couldnt help myself but read more.

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Aug 07, 2013

I had a lot of fun with this book. The kind of fun that makes you laugh out loud on the bus and get looked at like you're a crazy person. But I couldn't help it-- Strohm writes fun and wittastic dialogue for Libby, a main character who quickly grew dear to my heart. Apparently, Libby's adventures started in her first book; this is book 2.

Not knowing Libby from the first book was no problem- I felt like she was my long-lost little sister by the end of Chapter 1. This girl loves history and historical reenactment....clearly, she's darling. I also loved Dev, despite his unrealistically over-the-top nature. Every time I started feeling like he was a characature instead of a character, the author dropped some unexpected personality quirk in there, and I stopped being suspicious. Both teens end up on a wacky summer-long adventure of living history that had me itching to call up the Washington Civil War Reenactment HQ. Or jump right into AL.

I won't give you any spoilers, but I applaud Strohm's handling of the romantic relationships and tensions within the book. She took a topic that often has a predictable outcome and turned it on its head....realistically. At first I wanted to root for The South (well, he *is* perfect, and I didn't know Garrett or his good qualities from book 1, and I hate petty jealousy), but Libby showed rare foresight...and insight...and I like that Strohm took an adult approach to it.

I also adored the little historical reenactment details she put in there (even when she caged them in dialogue to give us readers a less-pedantic lecture on how cool history is). The whole coffee situation was hilarious to me, both as a coffee addict and a renaissance faire brat, and the ghost story mystery added just enough dialogue to interest people who, unlike me, weren't utterly delighted at the descriptions of the period gowns.
A book that makes me want to sew Victorian-era dresses is a winner, in my opinion!

I recommend this book for lovers of historical reenactment and living history, fans of emotionally mature but still rompy YA, those who enjoy a main female character with a quirky sidekick, fans of the South, book readers who like exploring the modern perspective on the Civil War, fans of young romance, and folks who like the romance of a wistful summer adventure. And, of course, fans of Strohm's first book.

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kellkell117 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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