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Braless in Wonderland [Kindle Edition]

Debbie Reed Fischer
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More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 822 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (17 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000YT1RKO
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #922,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 18 April 2008
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Did you know that models practice smiling with their tongue behind their teeth to hide the dreaded black space? It's something that Allee Rosen would never have thought of as she stuffed rolls of toilet paper into her backpack for her art project.

Allee's headed to Yale to be an English Literature major. Yale! Or so she thought. She finds out her rocket scientist dad failed to save enough money for the prestigious school. So, for now, she's finishing her senior year of high school, working at Wal-Mart, and trying to decide whether or not to give in to her dad and go the University of Florida to major in something sensible, like science or business. Yuck.

Her life changes the day she takes her sister, Sabrina, to the mall for a modeling agency's talent search. Instead of signing Sabrina, aka "The Fluff," they want Allee! The brainiac. The feminist. The total opposite of a girly-girl. Allee knows this is crazy. She doubts it's even legit. But it's an offer she can't refuse. It could mean earning the extra money to get to Yale.

Following a dream-like trip to Miami to meet the owner of what turns out to be a highly respectable and sought-after agency, Allee moves into an apartment for the models. Allee finds herself struggling to believe that she's actually pretty. Serious by nature, she fears she'll never be able to let loose and have fun with the camera. Will she ever get a booking? How can she compete with the beautiful, intimidating, and fiercely competitive girls she's rooming with? What the heck are chicken cutlets? And what if she makes it big? Will she choose to leave Wonderland behind and go to Yale in the fall?

BRALESS IN WONDERLAND thrusts the reader into the world of modeling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 17 April 2008
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Did you know that models practice smiling with their tongue behind their teeth to hide the dreaded black space? It's something that Allee Rosen would never have thought of as she stuffed rolls of toilet paper into her backpack for her art project.

Allee's headed to Yale to be an English Literature major. Yale! Or so she thought. She finds out her rocket scientist dad failed to save enough money for the prestigious school. So, for now, she's finishing her senior year of high school, working at Wal-Mart, and trying to decide whether or not to give in to her dad and go the University of Florida to major in something sensible, like science or business. Yuck.

Her life changes the day she takes her sister, Sabrina, to the mall for a modeling agency's talent search. Instead of signing Sabrina, aka "The Fluff," they want Allee! The brainiac. The feminist. The total opposite of a girly-girl. Allee knows this is crazy. She doubts it's even legit. But it's an offer she can't refuse. It could mean earning the extra money to get to Yale.

Following a dream-like trip to Miami to meet the owner of what turns out to be a highly respectable and sought-after agency, Allee moves into an apartment for the models. Allee finds herself struggling to believe that she's actually pretty. Serious by nature, she fears she'll never be able to let loose and have fun with the camera. Will she ever get a booking? How can she compete with the beautiful, intimidating, and fiercely competitive girls she's rooming with? What the heck are chicken cutlets? And what if she makes it big? Will she choose to leave Wonderland behind and go to Yale in the fall?

BRALESS IN WONDERLAND thrusts the reader into the world of modeling. Debbie Reed Fischer zooms in to focus on the often cutthroat competition between models, the necessary obsession with weight and the risks some models will take to lose just a few more pounds, the glamour, the parties, and the clothes. Oh, the clothes! If you are even the tiniest bit interested in a modeling career, I'd suggest you pick up a copy of this book. And for those of you who think you'd never consider being a model? Just remember, neither did Allee.

Reviewed by: Cana Rensberger
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Through the Looking Glass 17 April 2008
By Joyce Sweeney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Forget everything you learned from America's Next Top Model...Allee Rosen is here to tell you the real scoop. From the moment this quiet bookworn is discovered at her small town mall (it was supposed to be her sister!) to her wild ride through the world of South Beach glamor, you will be totally captivated by the roller coaster ride her sudden success brings and you will root for her to not lose the one thing she needs the most...herself. Debbie Reed Fischer wields language like a light saber, and she clearly knows this world as only an insider could. Almost every page gives you a laugh out loud, a surprise and an insight. This one is a winner!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about appearances... 5 Jun. 2008
By YA Author - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
...in a lot more ways than one.

Braless in Wonderland has an edgy cover and an even edgier title, sending the messages "Glitz!" and "Fashion!" and "Fiction for mean girls!" It's ironic really, because that's so not what's going on here...and yet it echoes the main themes of the book eerily well.

Debbie Reed Fischer paints a engrossing picture of a world--modeling--that I knew nothing about and felt slightly repelled by, like her protagonist Allee. I got sucked right into it along with Allee and along with her learned that appearances can be SO deceiving. Though the details about life as a model were fascinating (I will never again look at a chicken cutlet in quite the same way), it was Allee's growth and journey through that life that made it so wonderful, and Allee's discovery that feminism can have many meanings that is important here.

Read this book. Fun and entertaining? Abso-freaking-lutely. Thoughtful and thought-provoking? Even more so. It deserves all five of those stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 18 April 2008
By Christina Carlini - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have to say that when I started to read this book I figured it would take me a few days even a week to complete. But that was not the case. I am not the target audience as I am much older than the teens it is targeted for but I have to say it brought me back to my own Teen and early 20's. The cast of characters and the backdrop of South Beach were on the mark. Debbie Fischer keeps you constantly wanting to turn the page and see what else is going to happen. My favorite character happened to be the grandma and I can only imagine if she is taken from a real life family member. The book touches on all facets of a young womans life and what decisions she has to make as well as proving who she is to her peers. I actually finished it in an afternoon and look forward to other publications from this author. Here is to taking me back to vacations and party days in South Beach. Every girl dreams of becoming a model and Debbie Fischer allows us to see that we all have a path it just sometimes takes longer than others to find it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting YA Review: Braless In Wonderland 8 July 2008
By Enchanting Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
BRALESS IN WONDERLAND
DEBBIE REED FISCHER

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Allee Rosen has never pictured herself as model material, that is until she takes her younger sister Sabrina to a mall tryout and has the judges fawning all over her and completely ignoring her sister. What strange world has she stepped into? But suddenly her parents are telling her the modeling agency has been calling, they're totally legit and if she does this, she could have enough money to go to Yale. That's all Allee needs to hear to agree to go.

Which is how Allee finds herself in Miami, sharing an apartment with three other models - Brynn, the typical temperamental model; Summer, her one apparent friend in the bunch, and crazy, fun Claudette. But when her father issues her an ultimatum - get booked or come home - Allee must step out of her comfort zone if she wants to stay.

I really enjoyed this book. Allee's a great character, a tad insecure; after all it's her sister who always gets all the compliments. So imagine her surprise when it's her the modeling scouts are after. But then she goes to Miami and even though it seems that the reps like her on the go-sees, Allee can't book a single job. That is, until her father's ultimatum seems to set a chain of events in motion that lands Allee one of the most coveted modeling gigs available, one that helps boost her potential and gets her to let loose and enjoy life in Miami a little more. But when a surprising case of sabotage is revealed, and Allee gets the chance to extend her modeling career, she faces a tough decision. Go home to Cape Comet or take the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and see where it takes her.

Populated with a fun vibe, an inside look at the world of Miami modeling agencies, and some great secondary characters, BRALESS IN WONDERLAND is well worth picking up for some by-the-pool summer reading. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Reed Fischer.

Lisa
Enchanting Reviews
March 2008
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