E' un duro lavoro, quello verso perfezi. The cover was a little to trash for me, but the contents were perfect for not really needing to pay attention to anything. Models are not respected and treated poorly by everyone. I finished this the same day I started it because it was just such an easy read. The whiny prima donnas consider bunk beds in a one-bedroom share subhuman treatment.
If Kerlin did indeed write any of this, she might want to consider adding an expository writing course to her class schedule. By day they shuttle between castings and shoots. Grade: C- Sembra stupido ma. Despite their humble quarters, they form an unlikely family. Kerlin and Oh treat readers to plenty of sex, drugs and stilettos in their splashy debut offering a peek into the lives of Heidi Klum wannabes. This is the Devil Wears Prada except with models, and the writer pens at a 5th grade level- even with a co-writer! You're all beautiful girls, dropped in the middle of the most exciting city in the world, crammed together in a ten-by-twelve bedroom, and you've made the dorm your home -- for better or for worse. I was embarrassed to have read it.
When she gets a part-time job at a prestigious gallery and discovers a passion for art, she starts to reconsider her future. Review originally posted on There are days when I enjoy getting absorbed entirely into the wonderful worlds created in fantasy or sci-fi novels; and then there are the days when I look forward to something that's a little more girly and easy to read. Sfruttate, costrette a pelle e ossa, in stato di abbandono, molte non realizzan Sembra stupido ma. Fun, campy, and ultimately full of heart, Secrets of the Model Dorm takes you behind the scenes of the world's most glamorous industry and exposes all its dirty little secrets: backseat blow jobs, nasty drug habits, thousand-dollar bottles of champagne, wealthy club managers from France, backstabbing roommates, haute couture, and all. Eighteen-year-old Heather Johnston knows she has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when she is signed by a premiere New York modeling agency. The book is written by a former model, Amanda Kerlin, so you can be assured that there is some semblance of reality in the interesting portrait she paints for us throughout the story.
I related to this book because I dabbled with modeling once upon a time. It got pretty boring in the middle, and there was a lot of drama with very little plot movement. Heather was a neat character and I liked how she didn't fit the bill of a typical bimbo model type. There she meets Kylie, an Australian who maintains both her figure and her buzz with a strict diet of Metamucil martinis, and the Ukrainian Svetlana, whose delicate nose often haemorrhages from too much cocaine. What I liked about it was that it was rife with the glamorous parts of being a model getting to shoot important campaigns, rubbing elbows with famous people, easy entrances into a lot of places , as well as being populated with an interesting variety of characters.
Firstly this is such a wonderful blog. You're Welcome to the model dorm, where you're not mad that your roommate, Christiane, is hooking up with a Brazilian male model on your bunk, but that she's wearing your Dior heels while doing it; where the alcoholic Kylie leaves stains from her Metamucil martinis on the carpet; and where you help Svetlana, the Ukrainian cokehead, clean up after her very public nosebleed. Love the fact that I'm one of your first 5 followers. The whole book was a lot of work for nothing. I finished this the same day I started it because it was just such an easy read.
While this world is fast-paced and fun, Heather questions whether modeling is the fairy-tale she imagined it to be. When she gets a part-time job at a prestigious gallery and discovers a passion for art, she starts to reconsider her future. I had one of those days when I read this particular novel so it suited my needs at that moment in time. Her roommates are girls who are new to modeling, new to the country, or who just aren't making enough money to pay rent anywhere else. Eighteen-year-old Heather Johnston knows she has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when she is signed by a premiere New York modeling agency.
Poche sono quelle che ce la fanno. Something akin to drama ensues, but even the frisson of titillation that should accompany a book about desperate models is lost to flat prose and crude stabs at character development. Is she ready to say good-bye to her dreams of wealth and celebrity and follow a different path? This book gives you a glimpse of what the modeling industry is like. This book had that too. Svetlana, though, is obsessed with Robert as well. You may think that models have the life but once you learn what they really go through I think you will change your mind.
I had one of those days when I read this particular novel so it suited my needs at that moment in time. Not sure what I really think of this book. Fun, campy, and ultimately full of heart, Secrets of the Model Dorm takes readers behind the scenes of the world's most glamorous industry -- exposing all of its dirty little secrets and what it really takes to make it -- or break it -- as a model. While out one night, Heather meets a dashing French nightclub owner, Robert du Croix, who shows unusual interest in Heather as a person, not merely a body. I duly applaud the time and effort she took to write this book, which is basically just her story with occasional bits of fabrication here and there, I'm sure.