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Reviews on Tyra Banks' new book?

Asked by blueberry_kid (5640 points ) May 1st, 2012

I just recently bought the book “Modelland” by Tyra Banks. I personally love Tyra, so I thought I could take a crack at it and read it.

Have you read it yet? Or heard any reviews about it before I turn the first page?

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Blackberry's avatar

If anyone here has read a book by Tyra Banks, I’m leaving Fluther. Lol.

DeanV's avatar

I have not read it. I have read plenty of books where all the authors do is talk about how great they are, though. They’re generally pretty good if you’re a fan of the person.

To be honest, I’m only posting because I wanted an excuse to post this gif.

syz's avatar

I’m guessing she used a ghost writer?

digitalimpression's avatar

The only reviews I’ve seen are of the “Wait, Tyra wrote a book? Is it about a flying pig?” variety.

bkcunningham's avatar

Why do you guess she used a ghost writer, @syz?

Did you know it is a triology, @blueberry_kid? I hope you enjoy the book and it makes you think up all sorts of questions on body image to post on Fluther. I love Tyra too. She’s very smart, savvy and beautiful. It is amazing what she did with a modeling career.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Modelland is a work of fiction targeted for young adults. As @bkcunningham points out, it is the first installment of a proposed trilogy. It isn’t an autobiography.

On one site, the description reads:

Modelland
No one gets in without being asked. And with her untamable hair, large forehead, and gawky body, Tookie De La Crème isn’t expecting an invitation. Modelland—the exclusive, mysterious place on top of the mountain—never dares to make an appearance in her dreams.

But someone has plans for Tookie. Before she can blink her mismatched eyes, Tookie finds herself in the very place every girl in the world obsesses about. And three unlikely girls have joined her.

Only seven extraordinary young women become Intoxibellas each year. Famous. Worshipped. Magical. What happens to those who don’t make it? Well, no one really speaks of that. Some things are better left unsaid.

Thrown into a world where she doesn’t seem to belong, Tookie glimpses a future that could be hers—if she survives the beastly Catwalk Corridor and terrifying Thigh-High Boot Camp. Or could it? Dark rumors like silken threads swirl around the question of why Tookie and her new friends were selected . . . and the shadows around Modelland hide sinister secrets.

Are you ready? Modelland is waiting for you.

Source Included in the link are several reviews from people who have read the book.

While I enjoy some young adult fiction, this doesn’t hold any personal interest. It does make me want to pick up The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath again and reread it.

Trillian's avatar

The only thing I really know about her is what Joel tells me on The Soup. And the little sound bytes of the mind bogglingly ridiculous things coming out of her mouth. She seems like a self absorbed whak job.
I can’t imagine the she would have anything to say that would interest me.
So, no. I haven’t read it. There is no “yet” anywhere in there.
@DeanV AWESOME!

ragingloli's avatar

I was not aware she was able to write.
I do not even know who that is.

Sunny2's avatar

From what I’ve read above, I don’t think I would read it. But you are a fan and that should lead you. Not me.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I didn’t realize that she knew how to put three words together on paper. Is this a picture book, or are there actually words?

bkcunningham's avatar

Why are you people insulting Tyra Banks and saying she is illiterate? Because she’s black? Because she’s a woman? I really don’t understand the insults. Do you have any idea who she is or her accomplishments?

elbanditoroso's avatar

@bkcunningham – neither race nor gender.

In my opinion, it’s because she is a model.

bkcunningham's avatar

@elbanditoroso, you automatically think because she is a model she is illiterate? What about being a model makes someone unable to read or write? I don’t understand.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@bkcunningham . Yes exactly right. You can argue that I am stereotyping, and you’re right, but that is exactly how I feel.

My general feeling is that a person uses their body when their mind is inadequate for the task.

Sunny2's avatar

@elbanditoroso I usually agree with your answers, but I think you’re way off the mark here. Models can make an extremely good living and if a person has the assets necessary, why not exploit them? Intelligence is an asset in any field of endeavor. I have no idea what Ms Banks background is, but your assumption that she is stupid is unfair. That’s not like you.

bkcunningham's avatar

Aside from the vast array of ventures that have helped Tyra Banks gain her wealth and popularity @elbanditoroso, take a look at this and get a little insight into a person you are judging. This is when Tyra won the 2009 GLAAD media award. :)

http://www.accesshollywood.com/tyra-banks-emotional-glaad-media-awards-speech_video_1076641

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@blueberry_kid Since you “personally love Tyra”, please do not be turned off by some of the comments here. Please read away and let us know what you think of the book. It’s obvious that none of us who have responded so far have read it and can provide a personal opinion on the book.

It may turn out that you love the book or find it to be a major fail. To me, the important lesson here is that someone you admire took the risk of attempting to achieve a dream that she’s had for many years. And she did it. Whether the book is a success or a failure doesn’t really matter.

It reminds me of a famous basketball player Michael Jordan that, after his first retirement, decided to give baseball a try. It was a life-long dream of his father’s, who had been murdered, for his son to be a major league baseball player. The baseball career wasn’t that successful, and he eventually returned to basketball. But, like Ms. Banks, he pursued a dream.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@Sunny2 – thanks for what you wrote about me. I guess that even I may have my personal blind spots.

Sunny2's avatar

@bkcunningham Great clip! Thanks.
@elbanditoroso Check it out the above clip. She is very well spoken. Let some light into that blind spot.

blueberry_kid's avatar

@everyone. On my blog I’ve written a review on this “book.” Read it if you like. I wrote it a couple days ago, so you’ll have to do some flipping through.

Quick summary: don’t read it.

Trillian's avatar

See, I figured that without reading it. Yaay judgmental bitch me.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Thanks for the link to your blog and the review. Do you plan to finish reading the book?

DeanV's avatar

Here’s a fixed link for those that don’t want to scroll through a few pages.

bkcunningham's avatar

Are you Sleepy Coyote?

blueberry_kid's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Nope! It’s that awful.

bkcunningham's avatar

You give me hope for the future of this world, @blueberry_kid. Your blog is amazing. You seem like a great person and, yes, you made me smile. Keep up the fantastic attitude and writing. Your mom must be very proud.

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