16 December 2013

The Good, The Bad, and The Lovely of I'm No Angel

The Bad: Some girls are good coming out of the gate. Most are probably not. I was a wild child in my teens and early twenties. Kylie was one of those good girls that has always been good and to be totally honest I had a bit of a hard time relating to that. So for me the bad in this case is ironically the lack of bad. Bad things happen to Kylie and around her but she never seems to do a bad thing or see them coming for that matter. So much so that she often came across as too innocent and/or naive for me. The worst she does is not listen to God and her inner voice. That is the message and it is a good one but I would have appreciated a bit more struggle and growth.


The Good:
  • Negatives aside, the behind the scenes look at what it takes to make it in the modeling industry makes I'm No Angel a book I believe every young woman even contemplating modeling should read.
  • Kylie also shares what it's like to grow up naturally beautiful and thin. I found the price and issues that accompany beauty to be interesting and refreshing. Turns out it isn't all unicorns, rainbows, and skinny jeans.
  • The last hour of the audio is a 30-day daily devotional style inner beauty makeover. It was surprisingly my favorite part of the book. In it Kylie is sincere, honest, concise, and masterfully weaves her experience with scripture.

The Lovely: Kylie puts her heart on the line and it shows. It is hard not to want to hug her when you read or listen to this book.

Words aloud: The narrator was good but I didn't appreciate her sullen tone. She is a bit of a downer. I wish Kylie had narrated this one herself.


Whippersnappers: There are tasteful mentions to many of the ugly things Kylie encounters like eating disorders, date rape, drug usage, sex trafficking, sex, and infidelity.

I'm No Angel: From Victoria's Secret Model to Role Model by Kylie Bisutti is narrated by Amy Rubinate, 8 hours and 4 minutes long, and published by Blackstone Audio. It is a must for young girls interested in modeling (and their mothers) or young women that think being pretty fixes everything. It is a book I didn't love but I won't forget. She taught me a lot and I am glad I listened to it.

Audiobook rating: 3 stars. Narrator rating: 3 stars.


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22 comments :

  1. Wonderful book review and thank you for sharing your honest opinion!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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  2. I had my eye on this one a bit. Great review - very thorough, thanks!
    Although I did not add this to my wish list I do think my daughter would like it.

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  3. This would be very good for anyone contemplating that field! Awesome review!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  4. that's kind of surprising that she wouldn't narrate her own book. It would have made it more personal and relatable.

    Great subject matter though - I bet it makes for an interesting life.

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    1. Right? Why not? Definitely would make it more personal.

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  5. Sounds wonderful! I would ordinarily pass this but you have me thinking.

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  6. Yeah, I don't like it when someone is portrayed as too perfect. I'd like to give being naturally beautiful and thin a try some day, pain and all.

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  7. Definitely something I'd want young teen girls to read especially with so many wanting to be models.

    xo Mary Jo

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  8. I definitely didn't grow up thin and beautiful, so I'd be interested in seeing the negative side through Kylie's eyes. Of course, I could tell just from seeing the "thin and beautiful" people at my high school that it came with a price. It's tough either way, I suppose! ;)

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    1. I hear ya girl! Me neither. That's why it was so cool. And you're right it is tough either way. I think you would like this one, maybe? :)

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  9. This is not a book that I think would appeal to me but I know some moms that I think need to listen to it. Their daughters are really into "breaking into the business".

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  10. I would really love to hear that book! Great subject.

    xoxo Zoe
    http://thatszoe.blogspot.com

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  11. Wonderful review! This book does sound interesting.

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  12. I would be very interested to get some insight into the world of modeling. It seems so glamorous, but I'm sure it has it's darker, seedier side. I think this sounds like a fantastic read/listen for any young girl thinking of going that direction. Great review!

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  13. Lovely review...it's a book for " someday"...lol...

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  14. This one is on my to-read list, but I'm not that eager to read it. Thank you for the thorough review. I too was wild in my teens and twenties, so it probably is hard to relate to someone who didn't have a period like that. I was hoping for a bit more of a tale of growth, but it sounds like I'm No Angel kind of doesn't offer that.

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  15. Huh...it sounds fairly interesting to be honest and had I not read a review, I'd more than likely have passed it by completely. Still...audiobooks for me are a no go...I'll stick with paper. ^-^ Thanks for the share!

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  16. The "bad" being the lack of badness is really ironic. The part about what it's like growing up beautiful and thin sounds fascinating, especially it's something most want.

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