Another pre-review: Modelland by Tyra Banks

August 15th, 2011 Posted in Fantasy, Fiction, Kim, Young Adult

Modelland, which comes out in September, is the first novel penned by Tyra Banks. Though it is likely the success of this book will determine if we’ll see more Modelliterature from Tyra, the book will see strong distribution and predictably decent sales its first week.

Barnes and Noble posted a sample chapter from the novel, providing eager readers with a glimpse of what’s to come. Though it’s difficult to make sense of the world from this single chapter (it’s worth nothing this isn’t the book’s first chapter) you can get a sense of style and prose. So while this review is somewhat of a stunted “pre-review” we thought we’d opine on what America’s Next Top Author (yes, debatable) has to offer the world of books.

The novel follows Tookie De La Crème as she enters the world of Modelland. In the chapter posted by B&N, Tookie attends a runway walk-off/audition to support her sister Myrracle (yes, that’s Myrracle) only to end up being chosen herself. What, exactly, is she chosen for? Although based on the book’s overview and fairly chaotic chapter it’s difficult to tell, it seems each model is hoping to become an Intoxibella: a superstar model that is worshiped by society, ushered into the limelight, and arguable magical. The preview chapter hints that the book does have some fantastic elements and the overview predicts some sinister plot developments, all which could be promising. That does, however, depend on whether or not you can get through the writing, that while unique in style, has some distracting tendencies.

The jury is still out on whether or not we’ll review the book in full when it comes out, but we welcome comments on the preview chapter. For those of you brave enough to read the full text, please, let us know what you think.

Click here for the sample chapter!



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