June 22, 2011

Wednesday Words: Smile for the Camera

I read this book in about 24 hours.

I could've done it in less, but I thought it was more productive to twiddle away my very valuable time with other...things.

Wasting money time in Target for example.  Extremely productive. 


My favorite section of any given library is the Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction section.  You never know what you're going to find.

The first thing I do is immediately overlook anything relating to vampires.  Truly, people.  There was Twilight.  It was good.  Then Hollywood and Kristen Stewart got its grubby little hands on it.  Now it is bad. Anything else concerning vampires is probably not worth reading.  Our tweens' minds are slowly being poisoned by this nonsense. 

Then I start to scan.  Also, I find it necessary to avoid the strange looks I get from people for being in the Young Adult section now that I'm old enough to be addressed as "ma'am".

I hit up the "A's" because that's where one of my favorite authors is located.

Then I look at the display of "new" books.  That's where I found this.

Has anyone read Mommie Dearest?  If not, you should.

Smile for the Camera reminds me of Mommie Dearest in many ways.

What I was struck by about this story is that it's a memoir, meaning it's true.  

In a nutshell, a sixteen-year-old girl leaves an abusive home on a farm for New York City where she intends to make it as a model.  It takes place in the 1970s, with real events of the time intertwined throughout the book.  It's eye-opening to put the pieces together as you read.


I'm so glad I found this book.  I feel like I learned from it.  It was obviously about something I never lived through but, after reading, it's the kind of book that makes you feel like you were there for it. 

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