By Paulina Porizkova

An incisive, fantastically written first novel through a former stick insect that explores the glamorous and gritty global she inhabitedOnly a handful of girls on the planet have skilled what Paulina Porizkova has -- being whisked away to version in Paris whereas nonetheless undefined, achieving the top of the occupation sooner than her schoolmates had even graduated -- and less nonetheless have the perception to trap it on paper.In her first novel, Paulina tells the tale of Jirina. A tall, scrawny fifteen-year-old lady from Sweden, she's even more familiar with name callings and disdain than admiration and affection, no matter if from her classmates or her circle of relatives. that every one adjustments whilst her in simple terms good friend, Hatty, asks to perform her make-up and images talents on Jirina. nearly ahead of she is familiar with it Jirina is on a airplane to Paris, the place she's going to spend the summer season in a milieu completely alien to her. residing on the domestic of her modeling agency's proprietor and continuously subjected to blunt actual checks, catty and sometimes merciless fellow versions, and womanizing photographers -- and, miraculously adequate, whereas occasionally feeling really appealing -- Jirina embarks on a trip past her wildest imaginings. among picture shoots in Italy and Morocco and events with types and musicians, Jirina manages to make a couple of pals, fall in love, and, ultimately, suppose the very grownup ache of betrayal and heartbreak.Told with the grace, simplicity, and accuracy which can in basic terms come from real-life adventure, A version summer season is either the debut of a significantly gifted novelist and an surprisingly well-informed glance backstage at an international many of us fantasize approximately, yet few quite be aware of.

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Look at the fish, le poisson jaune—il est—” What’s the word for funny-looking? I suck in my cheeks and bulge out my eyes. A fish face. ” I have her attention now. A hesitant smile creeps across her face. Relief washes over me; I haven’t lost my touch yet. ” Britta’s tousled head peeks out from our room. ” I rock Olympe back and forth on my hip. She’s getting heavy. “Look, this is Olympe. ” Britta rubs sleep from her eyes. “Yeah, cute,” she says, but barely looks. “Do you have something for a headache?

I smile at everyone with my lips closed, so as to not reveal my teeth, though pretending I’m mute doesn’t seem a viable long-term option. A pretty brunette with a pug nose eyes me suspiciously; a blond woman with very short hair and an Asian guy both wave hello. “Bienvenues” and “Bonjours” are exchanged. My stomachache has intensified; I am in immediate need of a bathroom. It’s located behind an L-shaped white Formica desk with four chairs. From within, I overhear the smatter of rapid-fire French and realize that if I hear them, they certainly hear me.

I quickly insert our code for “I can’t talk, person is in the room,” which we came up with after watching every episode of I, Claudius. “Oh, got it,” she says. ” I hang up, slightly annoyed. Britta is my only safety from utter loneliness, and I like her, I think. I glance at her, sitting on her bed with her big brown eyes staring at me. ” she says. I shake my head. ” “I don’t know. ” Britta cocks her head in surprise. ” I shrug. No need to add that my father doesn’t expect to hear from me until the summer’s end.

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