Thursday, 17 September 2020

Book Review - The High Moments by Sara-Ella Ozbek

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Title: The High Moments
Author: Sara-Ella Ozbek
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Publisher supplied copy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 17th September 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

Scarlett makes mistakes – over and over again.
She’s not perfect, she has a tricky relationship with her mother and is desperate for people to like her.

She repeatedly goes back to the people that hurt her, no matter how badly.
She moves to London with no plan (of course), but manages to land a job at a modelling agency. Finally, she’s getting her life on track, but the fashion industry is a murkier place than she had imagined. 

She changes herself to please others.
Just as she starts to find her place, Scarlett’s life begins to spiral. But at least people know her, she is starting to become someone. And surely it’s better to be someone – even if it’s someone you hate?

With a vein of dark humour at its core, The High Moments offers an astute, often stark look at the fashion industry and the issues you can face as a woman in your twenties - fans of Emma Jane Unsworth's Animals and shows like Girls will love this.

I loved this book, there is something just so refreshing about watching a main character turning her life into an absolute train wreck! 

Once she finally gets a job in London, its starts her onto a year of her life where she spirals out of control,  with sex, alcohol and a cacophony of drugs, while instagramming to show of her fabulous new life and trying to make friends with the models she is working with. 

It's a look at the fashion industry from a model agent's point of view, of a inexperienced not overly worldly at times it appears impressions, and at times I hated Scarlett and others I really felt for her.  

But regardless I had to keep reading to see if she was ever going to realise what a hot mess she has become. 

There was so much that I loved about this book, I felt as though I was a fly on the wall at Pure Models, and the various parties. I found myself hoping that Scarlett wouldn't make the next really cringey decisions after another.  It's definitely a look at the seedier side of the industry away from all of the gloss and glamour. 

A really polished debut novel and I'm curious to see what the author will come up with next. 

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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