Reviewed by Malerie Dempster
"A Model Summer" by Paulina Porizkova is about an innocent 15-year-old girl who is thrown into the world of modeling in Paris.
Instead of the glamorous life she thought she would have, it is a vicious world of backstabbing and temptations. She quickly has to learn the tricks of the trade to survive the life of a model.
The young Swedish girl Jirina Radovanovicova is an outcast until she is discovered by Jean-Pierre, who sends her to model with his agency in Paris for the summer.
After a month of unemployment, Jirina begins booking jobs left and right. The alcohol, the drugs and the sex quickly become irresistible and the life of a real model begins.
The story shows how easy it is for teenagers to fall into a dark world of drugs and sex when they feel defeated and lonely.
"A Model Summer" is the best book I have ever read. The excitement made me curious and kept me reading. This book is for mature readers because a lot of the content is about sex and drugs.
Malerie Dempster is a sophomore in the academically gifted program at Hahnville High School. She spends much of her time going to dancing at New Orleans Ballet Association and Cathy Gamble’s with Kim Beck.
Editor’s note: Book reviews are published in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program.