November 19, 2012
 
Everything in Arabelle's life is coming together. She has confidence, great friends, she's even dating Naak, a wealthy Thai socialite. But there are too many models in Bangkok. Arabelle’s broke, she can’t find an agent in New York, and Naak isn’t as wonderful as he first appears.

Slowly the Shadows creep back into Arabelle’s mind, bringing with them thoughts of hopelessness and despair. The vile Shadows know something Arabelle’s refusing to remember and, if she’s not careful, they’ll use it to destroy her.

Based on a true story, Arabelle’s Shadows takes us on a journey through the struggles of growing up, not quite making it as an international model, and attempting to overcome a crushing depression.




 
 4/5

This was all around a good read. I have been putting off this review because I wanted to do it the best way I could. 

OK, so you want to know what you go through with depression? Read this. I, personally, suffer from depression and this book was like walking in my head only with a different person and story. Arabelle is written in a way where nothing is held back. This book is in Diary format so you get to see how everything is from Arabelle's POV. 

The self harm tendencies, taking everything a step too far, self medicating, destructive behaviors, anxiety is all part of the disease. I will tell you from personal experience that each person is different, but you do all these things when you are depressed. I don't like admitting my problems, but this book is so wonderful in the depiction that it makes you feel better about your disease, and like I said gives a person who has never had to deal with it an up close, in your face, this is how it is view. 

The reason for 4 out of 5? There were times when I did get a little bored or annoyed with Arabelle.  There are some things she does that I just wanted to shake her. 

All in All this is a great book. It is a dark and fresh book. It gives a look into the world of modeling and the mind of a depressed person. If you suffer from the disease, it makes you feel a tiny bit better to see how you feel in words. To see someone else put it down and describe it to a T. 

Check this one out.

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