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Growing up Beautiful [NOOK Book]

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In the summer of 1986, three young American models are chosen to join a modeling agency in Europe's fashion capital of Milan. United as roommates by chance, Star, Joanne and Casey soon find their dreamed-of careers as models taking paths as different as their personalities. Star, who leaves behind a waitress job along with a handful of crumpled up dollar tips, sees her beauty as a way to move to the top of Milan's social strata. Joanne, raised in a privileged lifestyle, is expected to continue an Ivy League ...
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Growing up Beautiful

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Overview

In the summer of 1986, three young American models are chosen to join a modeling agency in Europe's fashion capital of Milan. United as roommates by chance, Star, Joanne and Casey soon find their dreamed-of careers as models taking paths as different as their personalities. Star, who leaves behind a waitress job along with a handful of crumpled up dollar tips, sees her beauty as a way to move to the top of Milan's social strata. Joanne, raised in a privileged lifestyle, is expected to continue an Ivy League education, which doesn't interest her as much as a young photographer she meets on a casting. Casey is a naive seventeen year old who is ready for adventure, even the dangerous kind. Together, these three learn the funny, unexpected and sometimes ugly truth about growing up beautiful.
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Editorial Reviews

Chick Lit is not Dead - Lisa reviewer
This juicy glimpse into the inside world of modeling is a page-turner. (Jones own sixteen year modeling career definitely lends authenticity to the novel.) And it's told from the alternating POV's of three models (you know we're suckers for a multiple narrative!) In a word, you will LOVE.
The Chick Lit Bee - Shannon reviewer
Growing up Beautiful showcases the story behind the glitz and glamour of the world of modeling. This debut novel by Lori Jones features the raw, hard truth of what happens off the runway and off the pages of the glossy magazines, like only a true insider could tell.
Amazon - Shannon B.
I enjoyed this story of three young women who travel to Milan with dreams of making it as models. Each girl has a very different experience with the dangers that can face young models: predatory men, competitive women and being on their own in a foreign country. The stories are told from the viewpoint of these three women as they navigate the modeling world finding friendship, betrayal and even love. I couldn't put it down!
Amazon - Eleanor L.
This book is a page turner! I have not been able to put it down since I began reading it! The women in this story are complex and fascinating. The author has expertly woven their stories to where you want to learn more about them, and a world that few of us will ever inhabit! The author also demonstrates the pitfalls of the modeling scene and that beauty does indeed come with a price! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants an inside look into the world of beauty, modeling and the price
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013783591
  • Publisher: Lori Jones
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 315
  • File size: 815 KB

Meet the Author

Lori Jones had a sixteen-year modeling career from 1981 through 1997 that included runway, print for magazines & catalogs, TV commercials, and an album cover for Kool and the Gang's, Ladies' Night.

Jones flew to Milan in 1982 and ended up living and modeling in Italy, Germany and Spain over the next five and a half years. Always interested in writing, she kept journals of her extensive travels throughout Europe and North Africa that included notes on people she met along the way.

Her debut novel, Growing Up Beautiful, offers a peek of what went on in that foreign world of fashion in the 1980's after the cameras were set aside.
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  • Posted August 26, 2013

    Readers looking for a how-to will find the characters that Jones

    Readers looking for a how-to will find the characters that Jones presents crass and demeaning. People who have read the 80s and lived the 80s will find them true to life. There is a delicious “Last Days of Disco” feel to the read. Jones’ characters are very complex. They each have their own goals and hidden desires and insecurities and Jones conveys those quirks beautifully. The characters are distinct in the sense that if a reader was given dialogue from each, they would easily pick out the speakers.

    The subject matter is raw, as would be expected of this sort of the story set in the 80’s. The narrative flows easily between the three main characters leading readers to become invested in their experiences. There are story-lines left unresolved but in a way very typical of this sort of period fiction. The age of true excess. In accordance with the excess Growing Up Beautiful: A Novel About Three Models in Milan is a fast moving story which gives readers insight into a field not much talked about in its stripped down light. I found Star’s story the most compelling. She was a poor girl in a bad situation looking for a way out. What may have seemed the golden opportunity doesn’t turn out as she thought it might. Jones’ tale will cause any prospective model to think twice as even now we get hints that some of the pressures exist. As the tale of a job in the 80s, it was a truly interesting read.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Growing Up Beautiful races quickly from the gate, introducing readers to the three main characters in the book and providing background information on them, including why each woman has decided to leave her home and accept an offer to model in Milan during the summer of 1986. The beginning also explains the modeling agency’s hierarchy, including who really holds the power to make or break a model’s chances at success in Milan.

    I was immediately drawn into the world that the author created for her characters. The novel intertwines individual story lines for Star, Joanne, and Casey with experiences all three of them share in their new world of modelling and parties. At times I thought that the women were being treated more as ‘escorts’ than models, and I also wondered whether a seventeen-year-old (Casey), would really have been set loose in Milan without a chaperone to protect her, but accepted the author’s premise that it could happen.

    This is a perfect book to read in the summer–I was able to immerse myself in the lives of young women who desperately want to succeed in a very-adult world and who are faced with multiple challenges, roadblocks, and questionable ethics in their bids to become famous models.

    Although I thought there were inconsistencies with some of the characters’ actions–for example when Star reminds her two room-mates that they have to appear worldly but then acts like a country hick right afterwards at a dinner party–I still enjoyed the story and thought the author did a good job with pacing and dialogue.

    I was a bit disappointed when the book’s ending didn’t wrap the story lines up in neat bows, but when I read there will be a sequel to Growing Up Beautiful, I realized the book ended the only way it could for now. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to escape into another world for a while and I look forward to reading Lori’s next book.

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