Growing Up Beautiful - Lori Jones (2011)

American models Star, Joanne, and Casey make their way to the fashion capital of the world, Milan in Italy, and become roommates. Each woman is hoping to build her portfolio for their modelling careers. Marcella, the booking agent, is all that stands in their way for success. Star leaves behind a job as a waitress and a mother who is a drunk. She hopes for new opportunities in Milan that includes making lots of money. Casey leaves behind her family and looks for her first opportunity to strike out on her own. Will she listen to the advice her parents give her about travelling by herself? Joanne has never done anything independent her whole life. She has always done everything to please her parents - until the modelling contract comes with a ticket to Milan. Will mom and dad be supportive of her modelling career? I really enjoyed this novel, written by a former international model and set in the 1980s, and am very excited that there will be a sequel. (JG)

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