The Compulsive Reader: Model: A Memoir by Cheryl Diamond

Friday, August 8, 2008

Model: A Memoir by Cheryl Diamond

When she was just fourteen years old, Cheryl Diamond ventured to New York City to become a model. She experienced rejection after rejection until she finally found an agency that would offer her a contract. But then came September 11, and her agency went out of business before she could even land a job.

At sixteen, Cheryl returned to New York, hoping for a second chance. She got it. Now she is faced with the task of building her portfolio and making a name for herself--no small job when the head booker is always giving her a rough time and the manager of her agency is seeking revenge on her for standing up to him and refusing to let him yank her around. But Cheryl is tough and sensible, and if anyone can make it in this ugly modeling business, she can.

And she's making it…until one man lies to her, destroying her image and bringing her career to a screeching halt. Desolate, she's sent home. But she's determined to do what's unheard of in the modeling biz...make her comeback.

Model: A Memoir will leave you shell shocked. Cheryl Diamond is an extraordinary young woman who is role model material for girls everywhere. Without succumbing to the many temptations models are exposed to on a daily basis (eating disorders, drinking, drugs, excessive partying) and without losing a grasp on her values (like refusing to change clothes in front of a roomful of people just to land a job), she has built her career without allowing herself to be bullied. Her novel is a whirlwind of shoots, castings, runway shows, and showdowns with her boss that besides being completely enthralling, are all true. Her writing style has the fast paced appeal that is present in biographies and memoirs, but is as detailed and gripping as any work of fiction. Teens especially will delight in this resilient, strong, and intelligent heroine who is beautiful inside and out, and will eagerly anticipate more from this talented model and writer.


Chelsea said...

I really liked this book! Cheryl is just hilarious; I laughed QUITE a bit while I was reading it. I'd definitely read another book by her, if she wrote one.

Bunny B said...

I would love to read this book! Sounds like one I'd enjoy :)

Anonymous said...

I've mooched this book off for myself on bookmooch.com, I wasn't too excited about it but your review has made me feel better about. Thanks.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I know I'm too late for your mini contest for commenting (it's like...12:23 here at least) but of course, that doesn't matter! I'll still comment.

I've heard good things about this, and like Chelsea said, i've heard it's funny as well...I definitely want to read it. I'm quite interested to see a different side of modeling. :)
great review.


Lenore Appelhans said...

Sounds great - maybe I'll get to it this year?!