Arabelle’s Shadows by Fleur Gaskin @fleurslove


Arabelle's Shadows

So a little synopsis of the book first:

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

Review

Now I was on the fence a little with this one. I thought, it was more on the lines of a diary. I didn’t really analyse a lot of the mental images I was getting. I also could not identify with models and eating dirt and sleeping 20 to a room. OK I know that is exaggerating, but to be out there having no plan was little odd to me. I understand some people get caught up in modeling and agency talk, but that was the disconnect for me. I don’t think the relations were real either it was more like I need somewhere to stay, so I trade sex and a companion for drugs and a bed. So I was not really a fan. I really hate saying that, but I have to. Especially when I see glowing 5 star ratings. I feel guilty. Like I was disconnected from the story, so theoretically there must be a reason. I will take the blame I guess.

I think maybe the feeling reading someone’s private diary is taboo was a reason I liked it. For Arabelle, the stereotypical model sort of fits the build. The other like was the scenery and the journey as a model struggling to find her way. Some parts of the story were a little rough and edgy.

The author

 

Fleur Gaskin

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Twitter @fleurslove

Fleur Gaskin is from New Zealand. She was an international model for six years, working in over ten countries, mainly in Asia and Europe. She has been in TV commercials, walked on runways and appeared in many magazines including Elle, Marie Claire and Vogue.

She presently lives in Shanghai, China with her fiance.

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