Crystal

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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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Crystal's story was eye-opening and shocking, but it brings awareness to the very real unfortunate girls who change from models with bright futures ahead of them, to objects valued more for their bodies than their personalities. Read full review

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I'm going to stay stick with male protagonists, Walter. 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)

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.