[Reading] ➶ Size Zero By Abigail Mangin – Raovathaiphong.info

Size Zero When Ava Germaine stumbles out onto the runway in a coat made of human skin, people freak out and assume it s the body of Annabelle Leigh, a girl who went missing years before at the age of fourteen Fingers automatically point to Cecil LeClaire, son of the owner of the infamous LeClaire Modeling Management company, who was suspected of kidnapping and murdering Annabelle from the start Cecil leaves the monastery that he had made his home and comes back to New York City, determined to find out w When Ava Germaine stumbles out onto the runway in a coat made of human skin, people freak out and assume it s the body of Annabelle Leigh, a girl who went missing years before at the age of fourteen Fingers automatically point to Cecil LeClaire, son of the owner of the infamous LeClaire Modeling Management company, who was suspected of kidnapping and murdering Annabelle from the start Cecil leaves the monastery that he had made his home and comes back to New York City, determined to find out who is behind this madness taking place in the fashion world This book is a thoroughly dark read, and I think that s part of why I enjoyed it so much It was full of dark humor about the fashion world, and every page was intense The flaws that made up each character were so interesting to read about, and I loved watching every piece of the story fit together between the plot and the characters.This is most definitely a heavy and dark read, but I really enjoyed it and would love to see Disclaimer I read an ARC from Netgalley This in no way affected my review or opinion of the book Also, slight spoiler warning It has taken me much longer than usual to sit down and write this review for one simple reason I did NOT like this book I commend any author who has the stamina and courage to sit down and write an entire, novel length book and send it out into the world for publication where it will be read and judged by countless people That takes courage, and I applaud Miss Abigi Disclaimer I read an ARC from Netgalley This in no way affected my review or opinion of the book Also, slight spoiler warning It has taken me much longer than usual to sit down and write this review for one simple reason I did NOT like this book I commend any author who has the stamina and courage to sit down and write an entire, novel length book and send it out into the world for publication where it will be read and judged by countless people That takes courage, and I applaud Miss Abigial Mangin for having that kind of courage That being said, though, I REALLY didn t like this book I picked it up to read it because A the cover looks amazing and B the description of the book really sounded like something I d enjoy The principle behind the book was really cool The execution, though Not so much First and foremost, this book could have definitely benefited from better editing I m not sure if there will be another round of edits before the book s actual publication or if it is going out in this form, but if so, whew It shouldn t It definitely needs some work At first, I was highlighting errors so that I could point them out here in case there was time to correct them before publication But once I realized how many there were, I just stopped Some of the most glaring ones that I did go on and highlight though were as follows There were some instances of double words, such as location 1667 of 6531 Margaux was already using her cane cane as a pathetic blockade Then there were some instances of leaving words out, such as location 1685 of 6531 a reported whispered a bit too loudly the woman next to him There were MULTIPLE instances of wrong tenses, wrong words, wrong pronouns, misspellings which spellcheck should have caught and things of that nature location 3885 She manipulating the shape of the butterfly over her arm location 6204 left a train set of handmade cars from Italy is his eill location 4270 Everyone who seems they like they have control is faking it These kinds of errors can RUIN a book for me, especially if there are a ton of them, and there were in this particular book Those are only a few examples However, the thing that REALLY killed the book for me was how absolutely unrealistic it was I get that I have never been a model and with my super curvaceous read overweight figure, I never will but come on now Some of this crap was just absolutely ridiculous I can believe that some awful, shady stuff goes down in the modeling world I can believe girls starve themselves to death, and I can even believe that modeling is just a front for human trafficking In fact, I DO believe those things But that was not the extent of the crazy in this book First of all, the characters were absolutely, 100% could not ever, would not ever happen in real life For example, the police detective working the murder investigation This is actually a description from the book of a grown woman working as a law enforcement professional talking to someone about serious information for her murder investigation She hopped onto the hood of an ambulance, and unscrewed a jar of honey Also, no comma needed there, but there s one there alright Her bare fingers dunked into the golden goodness She reminded him of a grizzly bear At first, she seemed cute and lovable, and then he remembered she had giant claws and a pistol etc etc etc blah blah blah She slurped the honey over her tongue, puffing out her cheeks And then she clicked the briefcase closed and handed it back to him I can t take these, Roosevelt said with a somber drawl What she couldn t take was actual proof that a murder suspect had stolen models birth certificates, faked VISAs and passports to get them over country borders and forced them and the parents who mostly couldn t read or speak English to sign slave contracts I d think a cop should probably take those But I digress Here is my favorite part Roosevelt said, scrubbing a hand through her short hair She spiked it up into adorable horns, using the honey as gel Yes Because that would happen And that actually one of the most BELIEVABLE characters in the story We also have the sex addicted, slave driving mother with a penchant for Shirley Temple and erotic sex canes who ends up living in an abbey with monks Because you know, monks love when random women come to live with them Not to mention random, sex addicted women.There s also the entire city of New York City that has models posed in store windows, chained down and with bidding sheets attached to them so that people can buy them for the night to do deviant sexual things with I mean, I know New York City has its flaws, but you d think someone would notice a whole block or two of the city trafficking in sex slavery Then there s the you know what I think that s enough to get the idea across It was absolutely unbelievable from about chapter 3 until the end I wanted to throw in the towel several times and just say, Nope I m done But when I get a book from Netgalley, I feel obligated to finish it all the way through Again, my total respect to the author and despite the fact that I hated her book, I actually mean that sincerely I can t even imagine how hard it is to write a book and put it out into the world But this was absolutely, 100% not for me Condom Dresses And Space Helmets Have Debuted On Fashion RunwaysA Dead Body Becomes The Trend When A Coat Made Of Human Skin Saunters Down Fashion S Biggest Stage The Body Is Identified As Annabelle Leigh, The Teenager Who Famously Disappeared Over A Decade Ago From Her Boyfriend S New York City MansionThis New Evidence Casts Suspicion Back On The Former Boyfriend, Cecil LeClaire Now A Monk, He Is Forced To Return To His Dark And Absurd Childhood Home To Clear His Name He Teams Up With Ava Germaine, A Renegade Ex Model And Together, They Investigate The Depraved And Lawless Modeling Industry Behind Cecil S Family FortuneThey Find Erotic Canes, Pet Rats Living In Crystal Castles, And Dresses Made Of Crushed Butterfly Wings But Cecil Finds Truth In The Luxury Goods Than In The People Themselves Everyone He Meets Seems To Be Wearing A Person Suit Terrified Of Showing Their True Selves, The Glitterati Put On Flamboyant Public Personas To Make Money And Friends Can Cecil Find Truth In A World Built On Lies In High Fashion Modeling, Selling Bodies Is Organized Crime This book is a scream In many ways First of all, it s not for everyone it s well suited for you if you enjoy social satire and think a corpse being modeled on the runway of New York Fashion Week is hilarious Guilty It also helps if you like monks who love Flashdance You ll also have to be aware of, or at least open to, the many awful things that can happen to young people who come to New York to be models, and the general horrors of New York excess As you may have gathered, this book i This book is a scream In many ways First of all, it s not for everyone it s well suited for you if you enjoy social satire and think a corpse being modeled on the runway of New York Fashion Week is hilarious Guilty It also helps if you like monks who love Flashdance You ll also have to be aware of, or at least open to, the many awful things that can happen to young people who come to New York to be models, and the general horrors of New York excess As you may have gathered, this book is not like anything else you will read anytime soon It is basically American Psycho with a social conscience..I really enjoyed that this book has something to say and never tries to tippy toe around the horrifying issues it tackles It is wickedly funny but also very sad It can be hard to read at times but is always fascinating It is really hard to discuss this book without giving any spoilers The book reminds me a bit of the literary influences it nods to Bret Easton Ellis, Edgar Allen Poe but like Glamorama or American Psycho, it is reallyof a satire than a traditional horror novel or murder mystery a la Poe Also, it is the opposite of many current horror novels that glamorize and specialize the murders of young girls a la Lolita to which this book also explicitly refers Never titillating It is grotesque throughout and I mean that as a compliment I did feel it went on a little too long before the mystery was fully solved I probably only felt this way bc the issues are so hard to read about at this level of horror and the author did such a good job of making you confront them All of this makes for a totally different and bizarre reading experience, in a good and rather enlightening way The ending is great This book appears to be first in a series and I will definitely read the next one As a side note, the cover is a perfect depiction of the book Also, I tend to roll my eyes at trigger warnings but in the case of this book there are a couple of issues the reader should really be prepared to have the stomach to deal with in a major way, particularly child sexual abuse, sex trafficking and anorexia But know these issues are never glamorized quite the opposite Four weirded out and impressed stars This author is truly original and different and tackles very ambitious ideas that are tough to read about, but somehow also makes them funny at times I m interested to see what she comes up with next.Thanks to NetGalley, Abigail Mangin and Visage Media for the advance copy in exchange for my honest review I was ecstatic when I found out I won an ARC on Goodreads The cover alone drew me in, just because it was very different Add that to the description, I knew this was going to be a wild entertaining ride The characters were just so outlandish, that you couldn t help but love them, despite their flaws I m definitely left wantingI was ecstatic when I found out I won an ARC on Goodreads The cover alone drew me in, just because it was very different Add that to the description, I knew this was going to be a wild entertaining ride The characters were just so outlandish, that you couldn t help but love them, despite their flaws I m definitely left wanting Weird and wonderful Trust me, you ve never read anything like this, and you probably never will This novel deals with some heavy, dark, important subjects Subjects which need light shown on them Subjects which will scatter when light is shown on them, like the rats they are, rats which dwell in the deepest darkness of the human psyche and conscious.The author has softened the blow of these horrors using dark humor, satire and sarcasm, yet never makes light of the seriousness they represent.Pe Weird and wonderful Trust me, you ve never read anything like this, and you probably never will This novel deals with some heavy, dark, important subjects Subjects which need light shown on them Subjects which will scatter when light is shown on them, like the rats they are, rats which dwell in the deepest darkness of the human psyche and conscious.The author has softened the blow of these horrors using dark humor, satire and sarcasm, yet never makes light of the seriousness they represent.Personally, I enjoy dark comedy, satire and I appreciate sarcasm, especially when it s mixed with humor As other reviewers have stated, this book is a scream I mean, look at the cover for example It s beautiful, yet dark and horrifying I kept looking at the stunning cover, fascinated, and it suddenly dawned on me It reminded me of another story, dark yet beautiful Game of Thrones Remember The throne made of swords This story is about another type of throne A symbolic one.Made of flesh and blood Of skin.Notice the hands It s also unforgettable.Abigail Mangin is a very clever and gifted author, and she s created a unique world with interesting characters and a fascinating plot that just won t quit This is one of my top favorites and so far it s a neverending re read I wouldn t say this novel is for everyone, but if you love it, you love it I can t wait for the next books in the series Thank you Abigail Mangin for sharing your gift of storytelling with the rest of us Once, when I was younger, I got a couple calls from a modeling agency in my hometown called PMS I didn t take them up on it, I thought it was a little strange Came out of nowhere Still, even though I had declined the offer it felt nice to have some place that supposedly recruited beautiful girls to tell me, a 13 year old with pretty heavy self esteem issues, that I was worthy of being considered for such a job But, to be honest, I always kind of feared it would be like the modeling world of Once, when I was younger, I got a couple calls from a modeling agency in my hometown called PMS I didn t take them up on it, I thought it was a little strange Came out of nowhere Still, even though I had declined the offer it felt nice to have some place that supposedly recruited beautiful girls to tell me, a 13 year old with pretty heavy self esteem issues, that I was worthy of being considered for such a job But, to be honest, I always kind of feared it would be like the modeling world of Abigail Mangin s Size Zero.Size Zero is horrifically comic satire at its best I knew from page one that I was reading something intended to put the reader on edge Parents desperate for money sell their children to men Pack them a bag and send them off, never to return The girls are sold dreams of fashion modeling and travel beyond their wildest dreams Then, they re promptly thrust into the high stakes world of high fashion When the childhood friend of a prominent designer s son goes missing and turns up as a skin suit on the runway years later, he decides to reenter the world he d abandoned for monastic life and track down her murderer.Abigail Mangin is a craftsman of pitch black humor I found myself laughing at almost every page, even as I was disgusted by her vivid imagery of the modeling world s underbelly She knows how to skewer and twist those parts of society we d rather not think about and turn them to the light A not so distant future of high tech high fashion and all the things about the elite world we don t want to believe are happening, the world of Size Zero is sharply crafted and unforgiving There is no mercy here, even as you laugh your way down Its dark, sensual, vicious prose slides across the page like oil and bites.I didn t originally realize it was first in a series It twists back on itself so effectively I wasn t sure where it had left to go Nevertheless, I d follow Abigail Mangin into the depths of Hades if she guided I can t wait to see where this elite, morally complex, privileged beasts of humanity go next.I would like to thank NetGalley, Visage Media, and Abigail Mangin for the opportunity to read an advance copy in exchange for an honest review This book was really something else Thanks visageny abigailmangin for sending me a review copy Size Zero is a dark black satire about the modelling industry, but also sharply relevant and biting.Super overwritten, the plot bounces all over the place like a rubber ball and you want to stop reading it, but then you re dragged back in by the mention of human skin boots, or a fancy rat, or glittery tooth goo that sounds like something out of The Hunger GamesI liked the look at the dark side This book was really something else Thanks visageny abigailmangin for sending me a review copy Size Zero is a dark black satire about the modelling industry, but also sharply relevant and biting.Super overwritten, the plot bounces all over the place like a rubber ball and you want to stop reading it, but then you re dragged back in by the mention of human skin boots, or a fancy rat, or glittery tooth goo that sounds like something out of The Hunger GamesI liked the look at the dark side of modeling aka the sex trafficking industry I didn t like the weird incest lusty bits and the whole monk turned fashion designer with a savior complex was just confusing and weird.Will I read the next book in the series Yup, because it was so fucking strange and I m intrigued by what the author will come up with next.Don t read this if you are triggered by eating disorders, sexual abuse, bizarre erotica, or just easily triggered This isn t a spoiler it s a book about models but there s hella sexual abuse and disordered eating Being pregnant reading this was a weird experience because I simultaneously wanted to be skinny and thin again but I also read this while eating a bowl of chips and wishing I could get beignets delivered hot to me every morning There s some strong female characters and some really despicable ones too Definitely a story that will keep me thinking about it for awhile 5 stars.Size Zero comes out July 12th and I d suggest putting it on your TBR if any of this intrigued you Thank you NetGalley for the ARC It started off very campy and fun, but ultimately lost steam about 1 3 of the way in It end up on the wrong side of magical and was outlandish The plot was hard to follow, it was written like it should ve been a movie It was supremely overwrittensoooo so many words to say sooooo so little This had the potential to make a statement, and it tried, but I think it failed. This is an unusual crime novel, with a wonderfully exotic cast of characters It is set around the fashion industry, which hopefully is not quite as bad as it is painted in this novel If it is, it should be shut down tomorrow and everyone should take any suggestion that their daughter could be a model and rush her, as fast as possible, in the opposite direction.That said, this is an interesting setting for a book and the action really begins at New York fashion week, when a young model, cal This is an unusual crime novel, with a wonderfully exotic cast of characters It is set around the fashion industry, which hopefully is not quite as bad as it is painted in this novel If it is, it should be shut down tomorrow and everyone should take any suggestion that their daughter could be a model and rush her, as fast as possible, in the opposite direction.That said, this is an interesting setting for a book and the action really begins at New York fashion week, when a young model, called Ava, is thrust into the limelight wearing a coat made from a corpse More specifically, from the body of a girl, Annabelle Leigh, who had gone missing outside the house of the LeClare family owners of the LeClare Model Management Agency Cecil LeClare was fourteen at the time and good friends with Annabelle, who was the daughter of a chauffeur However, he found himself suspected of her murder and, some years later, we find him at twenty four years old, and now Brother George, training to be a monk at St Joseph s Abbey.Of course, the sudden reappearance of Annabelle Leigh, brings the press to his door and he finds it is not so easy to escape being heir to a fashion house, where young girls eat cotton wool, are not allowed outside and whose every encounter is monitored Nor is it so easy to escape his family, including the larger than life Perdonna or his mother, Margaux LeClare I found this a really interesting premise the author managed to make this crime novel both bizarre and yet, horribly, realistic I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review

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