Friday 22 May 2020

Review: The High Moments by Sara-Ella Ozbeck

Scarlett makes mistakes – over and over again.
She’s not perfect, she has a tricky relationship with her mother and is desperate for people to like her.

She repeatedly goes back to the people that hurt her, no matter how badly.
She moves to London with no plan (of course), but manages to land a job at a modelling agency. Finally, she’s getting her life on track, but the fashion industry is a murkier place than she had imagined. 

She changes herself to please others.
Just as she starts to find her place, Scarlett’s life begins to spiral. But at least people know her, she is starting to become someone. And surely it’s better to be someone – even if it’s someone you hate?

With a vein of dark humour at its core, The High Moments offers an astute, often stark look at the fashion industry and the issues you can face as a woman in your twenties.

Review: This book felt like The Devil Wears Prada meets Sweet Bitter and I loved it. I love the format of this book, the fact that it reads a little like a diary with some new year's resolutions at the beginning and notes to self throughout and then we always know what day and kind of time of year it is following the fashion calendar. 
Scarlett is a prickly character and not everyone is going to love her but you will definitely find her intriguing and want to watch as she tries to better herself but kind of ends up going into self destruct code. Scarlett is definitely a follower but likes to think that she is a leader and so older readers, like myself will definitely feel like they want to take care of her and look out for her even though she is intent on the path she is taking. 

This book is definitely not for the faint hearted, there is a lot of sex and drug use and Scarlett’s life isn’t always pretty to watch. There are some  very questionable choices on almost every page but that’s what makes it compelling reading and once you start you won’t want to stop turning those pages. 

I loved being in this world of fashion, the cut throat world that it was and living in it vicariously through Scarlett. I loved getting to know her and watching her grow and learn as the book went on and I definitely loved the gritty edge that this book had. This is coming of age meets literary fiction and was such a refreshing read. 
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