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Tyra Banks' Modelland: Cover + First Chapter

I’m not sure how you feel about celebrity authors, but I’m personally on the fence about it. I blogged about this topic a few months ago and decided to judge books on a case-by-case basis.

Recently, my attention keeps getting drawn by Tyra Banks’ new YA fantasy book, Modelland. The book’s description’s got me scratching my head a little:

“No one gets in without being asked. And with her untamable hair, large forehead, and gawky body, Tookie De La Crème isn’t expecting an invitation. Modelland—the exclusive, mysterious place on top of the mountain—never dares to make an appearance in her dreams.

But someone has plans for Tookie. Before she can blink her mismatched eyes, Tookie finds herself in the very place every girl in the world obsesses about. And three unlikely girls have joined her.

Only seven extraordinary young women become Intoxibellas each year. Famous. Worshipped. Magical. What happens to those who don’t make it? Well, no one really speaks of that. Some things are better left unsaid.

Thrown into a world where she doesn’t seem to belong, Tookie glimpses a future that could be hers—if she survives the beastly Catwalk Corridor and terrifying Thigh-High Boot Camp. Or could it? Dark rumors like silken threads swirl around the question of why Tookie and her new friends were selected . . . and the shadows around Modelland hide sinister secrets.

Are you ready? Modelland is waiting for you. . . .”

I don’t know if it’s the sometimes-awkward phrasing or the names (Tookie De La Créme; Intoxibella), but I’m seriously wondering how this book is going to read. I’m still deciding if I want to take time out of my TBR schedule to read this potential dud. I’m not one to judge a book by it’s cover though…

…cuz if I did, this one might not see the light of day. 😉

Judge for yourself!! Check out the first chapter of Modelland here.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.