I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Arabelle's Shadow by Fleur Gaskin
Published by CreateSpace on November 25, 2012
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Everything in Arabelle's life is coming together. She has confidence, great friends, she's even dating Naak, a wealthy Thai socialite. But there are too many models in Bangkok. Arabelle’s broke, she can’t find an agent in New York, and Naak isn’t as wonderful as he first appears. Slowly the Shadows creep back into Arabelle’s mind, bringing with them thoughts of hopelessness and despair. The vile Shadows know something Arabelle’s refusing to remember and, if she’s not careful, they’ll use it to destroy her. Based on a true story, Arabelle’s Shadows takes us on a journey through the struggles of growing up, not quite making it as an international model, and attempting to overcome a crushing depression.
This is such a dark and depressing book, it was such a hard read for me. Since I am literally obsessed with the fashion industry, reading this book had me gasping at what these beautiful models go through. You look through the pages of a fashion magazine and you see perfection. You close the magazine and you believe the person behind the smile is as happy as she seems in the beautiful pictures that are painted for us. Fleur Gaskin paints a new picture for us with such raw honesty it hits you like a school bus. Gaskin is a wonderful writer and I believe I felt exactly what she wanted me to feel. The journey Arabelle goes on is heartbreaking, and exciting at the same time. She battles her shadows and tries to find happiness. I feel this is a book that shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are so many things readers can take away from this book, and knowing it is based on some true events makes it feel that much closer to my heart. Although it ends on a much better note than how it began I still would like to warn you bookish babes that this book is a tough one and completely worth the read.