You never know when I might play a wild card on you!
Today's Wild Card author is:
and the book:
Zondervan (May 7, 2010)***Special thanks to Krista Ocier of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, raised two sons, and worked briefly in interior design and later in international adoption. “I think real-life experiences inspire the best fiction,” she says. Her wide variety of books seem to prove this theory.
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List Price: $9.99
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (May 7, 2010)
AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:
My ThoughtsWe're back with Erin and Paige Forrester and their show, On The Runway. The girls are gearing up to work Fashion Week in New York. They are talking to some local LA Designers, working their way up to the big wigs. In New York, they meet an up and coming designer named Dylan Marceau and spend the night with some young girls trying to break into the modeling scene. It just so happens that these girls are from Melody Carlson's other series, The Carter House Girls.
Erin has gotten into a groove and is not nearly as judgmental as she was in Premiere. She loosens up a bit and gets more into the fashion aspect starting with her interview of Granada Ruiz, one of two "green" designers they meet. She's getting along well with Blake but her friendship with Mollie is starting to crumble. Erin is sure Mollie is just jealous of her new career and will eventually come around.
Paige's interviewing skills have moved On The Runway up in the ranks of fashion reality shows and the accompanying fame is starting to go her head. Feels a little cliched that the un-Christian goes diva on us while the Christian keeps her head, but, Carlson makes it work. Paige's romance with Benjamin is still going on but she's starting to feel a little antsy. It helps that one of the designers has his eye on her. When Benjamin goes overboard she starts looking for a way out of the relationship.
The girls have a sleepover with some of the Carter House girls and Erin finds that some of them are Christians. That helps them to bond. They also "use" their faith to try to help Eliza understand that maybe she isn't supposed to be a model. This doesn't go over well because Eliza wants to be seen and telling her that maybe God doesn't want that seems a little too flip. She calls Erin on her judgmental stance but Erin doesn't back down. I wish I had her confidence. I'm really enjoying this series and the story is getting better. I'm also learning a lot about fashion and it's way more interesting than I would have thought. The books have some predictable parts but not enough to make me stop reading. They are fun and light and I'm looking forward to the next book, Rendezvous.
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