Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Arabelle’s Shadow by Fleur Gaskin

Reviewed by Charlotte Lynn

Taken from Amazon:

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.


Arabelle’s Shadow is written as a diary, so it took me some time to get us to the writing style.  I felt like I was spying on Arabelle, reading her personal thoughts and feelings.  By reading her diary I also felt like I very much understood her and her shadows.

When I first starting reading I was worried that this would just be a story of Arabelle’s struggles with modeling.  There was so much more to the story.  It was a story of a broken family, torn apart by alcohol and money.  The struggles Arabelle shared with us opened my eyes to the world models live in.  It isn’t all high power parties and fun.  The drugs, self doubt, sex, and money struggles were alls ome of Arabelle’s shadows.  Knowing that this was based on a true story made this an even more touching story.

I would put this novel in contemporary or realistic fiction.  It was a very real novel that I enjoyed very much.

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