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July 5, 2013


by Fleur Gaskin                                                 4 STARS

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 Naak 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.

 I've always thought the lives of most models were something to be jealous of.  But I now know that's not the case. These girls are constantly going, doing auditions, starving themselves to stay thin. They barely make enough to cover their living expenses. Of course, there are the top models that this probably isn't true. Sometimes they start these girls out at such young ages and take advantage of them.  They lose their innocence and their childhood. After reading this, I hope that many men have also read it.  That their attitude toward females in general may be corrected. Arabelle is an insecure young person.  She struggles daily with failure, depression.  She wanted approval so badly.  It was sad and yet there are so  many people who struggle with the same thing.  She goes to a dinner with her father and he makes her so happy by telling her he's so proud of her.  She was on cloud 9 until she realized he was drunk.  She needs love from someone that means that love to be just for her.Whenever she fails or feels like she's failed,  the SHADOWS creep in. Arabelle was pulled of the big money making jobs.  The photographer would say she was too fat.  They would give her diet pills.  Nothing is ever good enough, your shape, image, just you.  This is what Arabelle longed for, just being good enough.  You can't help but want Arabelle to succeed.  She is growing up and the sadness she feels seems to be over whelming.  She is struggling with the evil that is in all of us.  The SHADOWS that try to pull us down and find fault with everything we do.  The book was well written.  It was written In a diary, journal like form.  That made it easy to read and understand.  I guess none of us understand unless we've been there.  I fell we all have SHADOWS that haunt us.  Some more than others.   You want Arabelle to not let the SHADOWS overcome her.    I would recommend this book to anyone.  It is based on a true story and if you like coming of age stories or if you are depressed or even know someone who is, this would be a great read.  Depression is not a friend, it's an enemy.  This book may be helpful for anyone who is depressed, who is in that black hole that is pulling them down.  Try the book.  I don't think you'll be sorry.

I would give this book a 4 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book ARABELLE"S SHADOWS by the author Fleur Gaskin for this unbiased review.;

I wish to apologize to Ms. Gaskin for taking so long at doing the review.

Fleur Gaskin is from New Zealand. She was an international model for six years, working in over ten countries, mainly in Asia and Europe. She has been in TV commercials, walked on runways and appeared in many magazines including Elle, Marie Claire and Vogue. She presently lives in Shanghai, China with her fiance.

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