By Paulina Porizkova
An incisive, fantastically written first novel by means of 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, attaining the top of the occupation ahead of 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 woman from Sweden, she's even more conversant in name callings and disdain than admiration and affection, even if from her classmates or her family. that each one adjustments whilst her in basic terms buddy, Hatty, asks to perform her make-up and images abilities on Jirina. virtually earlier than she understands it Jirina is on a aircraft to Paris, the place she's going to spend the summer time in a milieu solely alien to her. dwelling on the domestic of her modeling agency's proprietor and consistently subjected to blunt actual tests, catty and sometimes merciless fellow versions, and womanizing photographers -- and, miraculously sufficient, whereas occasionally feeling actually attractive -- 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, consider the very grownup soreness of betrayal and heartbreak.Told with the grace, simplicity, and accuracy that could purely come from real-life adventure, A version summer time is either the debut of a particularly gifted novelist and an strangely well-informed glance behind the curtain at an international many folks fantasize approximately, yet few quite recognize.
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She stands up and moves to her bed. ” she says. ” I walk to the dresser and rummage for the lavender acrylic sweater I bought with money made from the tobacco store last summer. The shop was owned by a then current Uncle and I made enough money over three months to also purchase my other prized possessions: a pair of baggy jeans, a black-and-white-checkered T-shirt, and a red military-style belt. That particular Uncle was a favorite; he would give me and Kristynka candy from the store when Mother wasn’t looking.
This still floors me. Saying I love you to my mother is as inconceivable as her saying it to me. ” I say. ” She passes her hand across her face. ” I say and turn on the lamp on my bedside table. The room is immediately brightened and Britta looks caught in the headlights. She stands up and moves to her bed. ” she says. ” I walk to the dresser and rummage for the lavender acrylic sweater I bought with money made from the tobacco store last summer. The shop was owned by a then current Uncle and I made enough money over three months to also purchase my other prized possessions: a pair of baggy jeans, a black-and-white-checkered T-shirt, and a red military-style belt.