Jana Novak’s history sounds like a classic model cliché: tall and gangly, she’s uncomfortable with her androgynous looks until she’s unexpectedly scouted and catapulted to superstardom.
But the fashion industry is as grimy as it is glamorous. And there are unexpected predators at every turn.
Jana is an ordinary girl from a south London estate, lifted to unimaginable heights. But the further you rise, the more devastating your fall …
Honest and raw, this is a timely exposé of the dark underbelly of the fashion industry in an era of #TimesUp and #MeToo. It might just be Juno Dawson’s most important book yet.
honest, raw and completely compelling
- The Bookseller
I was blown away by this book. Jana had a clear and unique voice throughout, the relationships were believable and heartwarming, and there was a beautifully satisfying ending. I’m still wondering what the characters would be doing now—it’s thoroughly unforgettable.” Fellow judge, author and Wales Children’s Laureate Eloise Williams, described the winning novel as “gritty and compelling” with “such important things to say, which it says so well.
- Megan Crabbe, one of the YA Book Prize 2020 judges