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Meet Milan, a young supermodel with a disability from New York’s Upper East Side, who falls deeply in love as she is coming of age. In this romantic drama, the emotional conflict of a girl’s inner soul is revealed as she deals with a first love, the pain of loss, and the pleasures of stardom, all while coping with a lifelong secret. In the world of Milan, the people are real, the situations are rolling, and the truth is often concealed. Broken is a racy circle of sisterhood, laced with a touch of earthiness, glamour, wealth, and fame.
Milan is deaf, but since the death of her mother --who was very supportive-- has decided that her deafness makes her too "different" so she changes schools and hides her disability.
This story is told from Milan's POV in first person. She is a supermodel and attends a very exclusive high school--this is basically the story of her and her friends. They live in a world of glamour and wealth--their PE is yoga along with a very high class locker room: "The gym locker room was complete with a sauna, showers, and massage therapy for 30 minutes once a week, and, of course, the full-length cherry wood lockers with our names engraved in platinum."
For all her stardom, Milan sees herself as very down-to-earth. She sees her modeling as just a job and truly just wants friends who will like her for herself. The only problem with that is, since she met them living a lie, they don't really know her--and hence the dilemma.
There is a mystery that surrounds her first love--for some reason, he was banished from her life and Milan desperately wants to find out what happened. This mystery is what propelled this reader to continue reading. There were times I wanted to shake Milan--but I still cared enough about her as a character to want there to be a happy ending.
I'll have to wait though to find out, because this is only the first book in the series and, be warned, it ends on a cliffhanger. 3 stars.
Enjoy an Excerpt
“How do you guys know each other?” Cara asked.
“Why?” I asked.
“Oh,” Cara’s face quickly turned to a grimace. “So you’re leaving.” Cara turned her back to Courtney as if she were insignificant.
“Ummm, yeah. I guess.” Courtney looked disheartened. Her eyes shifted to the floor.
“No, why don’t you stay, Courtney? We can all fit.” I smiled.
“Locker run, sugarplum! I will be back, though,” Cara said.
“Whatever!” Frenchy said.
I ignored Cara as she left. I turned my attention back to the kids in the cafeteria and, like clockwork, they stared right back at me—or maybe Courtney. My guess? They wanted to know who the newest girl was to infiltrate the group. Part of me was hoping to save her from this. But she did come over and introduce herself. Maybe this was what she wanted. It was too early to tell. Frenchy looked like she was wondering the same thing.
Oddly enough, Sierra hadn’t said much yet. Sometimes she didn’t like new people. Everything was always about hierarchy. A little part of me loved the hierarchy. It was what made lunch interesting. Though I can’t remember when I stopped hating it and started loving it. One quick reflection of my face in the spotless window across from our table, where the sun shined from high in the sky, reminded me of why I had hated this all. That was all people saw in me, my reflection. Grossly petrified to admit it, for a moment I ventured deep inside my heart. My heart was still quietly aching. Inside, I felt fear. One of my professors once said that fear was detrimental to all that made us smile. I was a little afraid of being ridiculed and ... dethroned.
Even though I had not asked to be put on top of the A-list, losing it all would make me ... fragile.
There was a voice inside that wondered if that was just what I needed so people could really see me. Could that be the reason I had signed up for enough AP classes to be a college freshman? I was trying so hard. There were some new things about school. While the uniforms were much the same, the faces looked different.
“Get a load of the Salem witch trials over here,” Sierra texted me.
Frenchy had dyed her hair jet black. And stopped all of her Fake Bake. It was a little dramatic. I caught an eyeful of her questioning Courtney, who seemed to be ready to go.
Meet the Author
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Tanille is the co-author and creator of the children's green book series "Jordan & Justine's Weekend Adventures." She is also the author of the new media young adult novel with music "Cameo by Tanille." Th¬e Undercover Starlet Journal is a title Tanille created to inspire young women and has extended Undercover Starlet into brand extensions that appear throughout
her novels. Tanille has been writing since age 16. She earned an MBA at 21 and graduated magna cum laude.
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