2024 Reading Challenge

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

REVIEW for Almost 5' 4"

Thank you, thank you to author Isobella Jade for sending me a copy of her great book!!!

TITLE: Almost 5' 4"

AUTHOR: Isobella Jade
GENRE: Memoir
RATING: 4 Stars

I love it when something like this happens to me - I hear about a great new book, I read it and I end up LOVING it and discovering a new voice at the same time - this book fits the bill perfectly.

What first attracted the book to me is that I am 5 feet 4 and thought the title was clever, the storyline of a "petite" model making it in the modelling world where taller is better is also a subject matter that I found fascinating (although I have never had a desire to model). Usually, I read books about weight challenged women as opposed to height challenged (although I have never thought that 5 feet 4 was a bad thing - although in the modelling world it seems to be).

Isobella Jade is truly unconventional and as I started reading this book, my affection AND admiration for her grew in leaps and bounds - this girl was absolutely determined to make in the business and would stop at nothing to make her dream come true.

In Almost 5' 4", Jade candidly and touchingly tells us her story of how following her dream brought her so much more than just the joy of modelling. It seems to me that Jade, walking her path to her dream, discovered so much more about herself, about how much she can adapt, about how strong she is, about how determined she is and about how doing what your heart tells you to is not necessarily a bad thing.

To be sure, there are some difficult passages to read in this book and I don't know (actually I do know that I would not have the strength of will that she has) to follow my dream to this point- its hard to read about Jade living in the street with $23.00 to her name! on some level, this book can be scary, it brought out in me some of my deep fears and insecurity - of not having a roof over your head or of not having enough to eat, but somehow even though Jade is going through this, she never sees the completely dark side of her situation and manages to make it work!

This book is relatively short and it was a fast and easy read for me. Although I enjoyed reading the parts about the modelling business, what stuck out for me here is the heart and strength of Isobella Jade. I loved this book.


bermudaonion said...

Wow! I admire her determination!

Wall-to-wall books said...

wow, this sounds like a great book! I will add it my list. I actually love the cover! It is sensual but not trashy, I also like that its in B&W.

Angela said...

That sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the review.

Reyna Meinhardt said...

Wow! That sounds wonderful! I will have to read it! Thanks for the review.

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