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I used to be the blogger called YAL Book Briefs, but I grew bored of the handle and changed my name to Howdy YAL. I also respond to MJ. I like to read, write, eat truffles, and watch bad Lifetime movies. 


Modelland - Yeah, I decided to read Tyra Banks Modelland or tried to read it since I stopped reading about half way through. Note, I have a policy of trying to read everything I review or at least reading a good chunk of it. But there are some books, like this one that I have to give up for my own mental sanity. I just had to stop. I was already having compulsion to put down Modelland after its prologue (there's only so much second person and dahlings a person can take). But it finally crossed the line after this quote:"Tookie shut her eyes, wincing again with another pain. 'Piper, my back and tummy are killing me!' she whispered.Piper shrugged. 'Join the club, Tookie. Every new Bella started menstruating at the exact same time this morning.''Wait. What?''You've never heard of menstrual synchrony, or the dormitory effect' Piper asked. ' Menstrual synchrony is a theory that suggest that the menstruation cycles of women who cohabitate--think army barracks, female penitentiaries, covents, and university dormitories--synchronize over time. It usually takes months for the alignment to occur, but here in Modelland, it seems to have happened in twenty-four hours.' " (Banks 219).This quote might have you shaking your heads and already going what the.... and you're probably wondering why I decided to use Modelland as the first YA dystopia that I'll be reviewing. After all, the book is just puerile garbage and there are so many great dystopian novels out there. However, I feel like Tyra's book is the perfect book to use to analyze modern dystopia literature because it clearly was produced to sell. Review: How do I put this lightly? This book, this book had to be the most interesting piece of shit I've ever read. I know the language sounds harsh. But that's what this book is. Shit. I couldn't make sense of anything that was going on here. What's the backstory behind this world? How did Intoxibellas come and rule it? The characters were also pretty one dimensional. Although, Banks tries to make Tookie a Forgetta Girl, it's obvious that she's really a Mary Sue in disguise (FYI, I think she's based on a teen version of Tyra. It's mentioned repeatedly that Tookie has a big forehead just like Tyra) and so is Ci-L (who I think is supposed to represent the adult version of Tyra). The supporting characters aren't much better, all of them are just caricatures more than characters. And don't get me started on the names of said characters either. The main character's name, Tookie, is bad enough . The sad thing is, I think that Tyra actually tried on this novel, but it just falls flat. Best Feature: Tyra Wrote this Herself: I will give Tyra props for writing this herself and for the fact she seems really passionate her book. But passion will only get you so far.......Worst Feature: Tyra Wrote this Herself: The prose is grotesque. There were parts of the book that could've been condensed and yet at the same I felt like I got no sense of the twisted world that Tyra was trying to write. She could really do with some creative writing lessons. I'm sure they have some sort of program at Harvard which she could've audited or what not.To see full review click here:http://yalbookbriefs.blogspot.com/2012/02/trend-spotlights-into-land-of-dystopia_24.html