By Paulina Porizkova
An incisive, fantastically written first novel by means of a former twiglet that explores the glamorous and gritty international she inhabitedOnly a handful of ladies on the earth have skilled what Paulina Porizkova has -- being whisked away to version in Paris whereas nonetheless undefined, achieving the head of the occupation prior to her schoolmates had even graduated -- and less nonetheless have the perception to catch it on paper.In her first novel, Paulina tells the tale of Jirina. A tall, scrawny fifteen-year-old woman from Sweden, she's even more acquainted with scoffs and disdain than admiration and affection, no matter if from her classmates or her family. that each one adjustments while her purely buddy, Hatty, asks to perform her make-up and images abilities on Jirina. virtually ahead of she is familiar with it Jirina is on a airplane to Paris, the place she is going to spend the summer time in a milieu fullyyt alien to her. residing on the domestic of her modeling agency's proprietor and consistently subjected to blunt actual checks, catty and sometimes merciless fellow types, and womanizing photographers -- and, miraculously adequate, whereas occasionally feeling really appealing -- Jirina embarks on a trip past her wildest imaginings. among photograph shoots in Italy and Morocco and events with types and musicians, Jirina manages to make a number of acquaintances, fall in love, and, ultimately, believe the very grownup ache of betrayal and heartbreak.Told with the grace, simplicity, and accuracy which can basically come from real-life adventure, A version summer season is either the debut of a significantly proficient novelist and an surprisingly well-informed glance backstage at an international many of us fantasize approximately, yet few quite understand.
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