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July 7, 2018

Catwalk Fail by Jason Godfrey ~ A Review

by MK French

Colin Bryce Hamilton is a male model hooking up with models, flying around the world, nurturing his body and trying hard to be part of the Milan fashion scene. Everything seems to come grinding to halt: he has a sex injury, he's losing bookings to a former roommate, a new female model isn't into him at all, his agency abruptly drops him, and his younger sister isn't as discouraged from joining the modeling scene as he wants her to be. 
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Catwalk Fail
April 2018; 978-1974192571
ebook, print (272 pages); humor
It's very cute to see Facebook updates at the start of each chapter, complete with the "like" picture and comments. As much as Colin comes across as shallow at times, he's definitely less self-centered than a lot of the models he works with. It takes a lot of work to stay in physical shape, from regulating what he eats to how much exercise he does throughout the day, as well as trying to get jobs to enhance his portfolio. It's a fascinating up-close look at the modeling industry, and we can see how soul-crushing it really is.

I haven't read many books that really delve into a man's insecurity about his looks, friendships, career choices and what others think of him. These are things that really bother him a lot, and the end of the novel is a very pleasant surprise. Not to spoil it, but I do find it an interesting commentary that Colin is more successful at getting what he wants once realizes it's not what he actually needs in his life.

The end of the novel has a satisfying conclusion, though I can't help but wonder what's next in life for Colin. The fashion world and modeling had taken up his life for years, and I do worry a little bit about his future. That's definitely a great commentary on his character because sometimes I wanted to shake him for being self-absorbed, and at other times I was glad that he could do the right thing and be more than a pretty face.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.
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  1. I don't feel like I've seen many books about male models and their insecurities. This seems really interesting!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction