Saturday, July 6, 2013

Arabelle's Shadows by Fleur Gaskin

Title: Arabelle's Shadows
Author: Fleur Gaskin
Published: November 2012
Genre: Women's Fiction
Reviewer: Hannah

Synopsis:

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 Neek 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:

I'd like to thank the author Fleur for providing me with a copy of Arabelle's Shadows to read and review:D

I really enjoyed this book....well, I don't think "enjoyed" is the right word. It's a very painful book--we see Arabelle struggling with lifelong depression, we see her going through various ups and downs, extreme happiness and extreme sadness. It's a book that I think many people can relate to in one way or the other, because no one has a perfect life.

It was a bit confusing to read--we are constantly jumping between various times in Arabelle's life, and it was hard to keep straight what was going on. And the fact that it was written in a somewhat diary format made the events seem disjointed.

I wish the book had been better structured, but overall, I thought it was great, a fantastic look at what depression can do to someone. I HIGHLY recommend Arabelle's Shadows, especially to those struggling with the same problems in their life.

-Hannah

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