Crystal (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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Sixteen-year-old Crystal knows she's blessed. She is drop-dead gorgeous and in the beginning stages of a glamorous career as a model in New York City. At first, modeling is exciting. But soon, her life becomes less and less about her, and more and more about her body. Crystal wonders if her new life is worth giving up everything -- her friends, her beliefs, and her self-respect.


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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

I'm going to stay stick with male protagonists, Walter. Read full review

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User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

This is a story of adults behaving badly. Crystal has a promising modeling career, but is increasingly asked to do things that she is not comfortable with. I felt sorrow for the choices she was faced with and anger for the adults who applied pressure instead of support. Read full review

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Page 85 - She didn't say nothing, but she give me one of them looks like to turn hard cheese into buttermilk, like she don't believe a word I be saying. "Now, nothin' I like better'n Jesus Christ A-Mighty and I follow His ways.
Page 27 - You just keep on living like you know you supposed to. Don't let nobody turn you around, girl.
Page 90 - Think of yourself as a feast. Everybody is going to want a part of you, but you know it won't last forever.
Page 63 - Montag stood in from of their table with a drink in one hand and a long cigarette holder in the other. "Well, New York's favorite columnist.
Page 79 - Then he asked me to stand up and turn around, so he could look at me.
Page 187 - No matter how hard she tried, she couldn't stop the flow of tears or her shoulders from shaking.
Page 17 - He had a strange way of turning his head to one side when he talked, but Crystal liked it. "I used to write poetry when I was in the seventh grade and my teacher said it wasn't bad.

About the author (2009)

Five-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Walter Dean Myers was the acclaimed author of a wide variety of nonfiction and fiction for young people. His nonfiction includes We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart; Now Is Your Time!: The African-American Struggle for Freedom; I've Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Malcom X: A Fire Burning Brightly; and Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner. His illustrious list of young adult novels includes Darius & Twig; All the Right Stuff; Lockdown; Dope Sick; Autobiography of My Dead Brother; New York Times bestseller Monster, the first winner of the Michael L. Printz Award; and many more. He was a National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree.