Ah, sand so we have the book that inspired what later became Girl Week. (More on this later in the Week.) Description:
Allee Rosen is a lot of things: high school senior, overachiever, brain. The one thing Allee is not is supermodel material—at least that’s what she thinks until modeling scouts spot her and she moves to Miami to work with an elite modeling agency. Suddenly Allee is swept up in a whirlwind of designer labels, photo shoots, go-sees and some seriously backstabbing models.Whereas the focus of the Violet books is on Violet herself, this book gives explores the industry more. That’s the biggest difference I can think of between the two, for those who’re wondering.
Anyway, on to the actual book: I was charmed, and probably liked it more than the average person will. This is my exact kind of book—vivid characters, an outrageous scenario, and a whole lotta humor. It’s very fun and you also end up learning something. (I’m always on the lookout for smart light reads, so if you’ve got a suggestion, email me!) I mean, Debbie Reed Fischer worked as a booker at a modeling agency, so it’s obviously she’s got a lot of business savvy to impart. It’s all shown throughout the story, and just the crazy nature of the industry makes it so there’s never a boring moment.
Oh, and also, you can’t go wrong with Alice in the Wonderland parallels. I’m just saying.
There’s a feminist undertone here that appealed to me. This story is about Allee, and Allee alone, to the point where there’s never even a love interest. When was the last time you read a YA sans the romance? Think about it. I’m not saying men ruin everything (quite the contrary...!), but I’m a huge romance fan and it’s just something I noticed. Allee is a very independent character throughout, which is what earned her presence in this week.
There’s nothing bad I can say about this one, really. It reminded me a bit of Artichoke’s Heart in that it’s a character-driven book with surprising depth a lot of heart, that just sort of lingers with you. So, if you’re interested in the fashion industry or just want to pass the time with a fun book that’ll have you laughing and—here I go again with this word—charmed, I can’t recommend this one enough. B+
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