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Meet Milan, a young supermodel with a disability from New York’s Upper East Side, who falls deeply in love as she is coming of age. In this romantic drama, the emotional conﬂict of a girl’s inner soul is revealed as she deals with a ﬁrst love, the pain of loss, and the pleasures of stardom, all while coping with a lifelong secret. In the world of Milan, the people are real, the situations are rolling, and the truth is often concealed. Broken is a racy circle of sisterhood, laced with a touch of earthiness, glamour, wealth, and fame.
Cara—a mystery to me, at best—had just sauntered through the shutter doors. She gave Sierra and Frenchy a head nod. I guessed that was going around this season. Bold island colors were back, and so was the head nod. She walked over to the bar with a slight twitch in her hips. The guys surely liked it. I caught a few eyeing her as she walked by. I caught myself watching people at times. I was beginning to think that how people moved, rather than what they said, told you what they were really about. For a while now, I’d been finding it hard to believe what people said. My father used to say a lot of things that now didn’t mean anything. I didn’t even think he remembered. Maybe Dimitri was right. Maybe I shouldn’t remember so much. Part of why Sierra and Frenchy were my 24/7 was because they were the only two I could trust. Cara? Hmm. I didn’t have an instinct on her yet. The channel was blocked. And her walk was questionable.
Tattoos were always of interest to me. I watched as Cara walked over to the twins. Her star tattoo on her back peaked through her shirt. “Where’s Milan?” Cara asked the twins.
“Somewhere around here. What, you don’t want to hang out with us?” Sierra asked. Frenchy’s eyes searched Cara’s. Then she looked away.
“Want to locate Milan? Why don’t you start with her brother over there?” Frenchy pointed to Dimitri.
Clearly, they were annoyed with her. They wouldn’t sic Dimitri on her unless they wanted to best her. Cara’s eyes lit up. I was starting to feel a little bad. Hopefully she hadn’t fallen for the earring and the smile. I thought about walking up to her, but my gut told me to hold on.
“Brother. Try him, I might,” Cara said.
“I thought you were the girl who had the deal on everything,” Sierra said.
“Maybe I do. Maybe I don’t,” Cara said.
“He’s really friendly,” Frenchy said.
“Wow! I wasn’t thinking of that exact adjective,” Sierra said, nudging Frenchy.
I walked slowly through the crowd. I felt a tug on my arm. I turned around. A young boy had grabbed hold of my wrist.
“Can I buy you a coffee or something? You’re probably healthy. Too beautiful to be a coffee head. I mean … if you like coffee. Uh … it doesn’t mean you’re a coffee head,” he said.
I laughed. He was very cute—just a little young. He had light brown eyes, long, curly hair, and a nice smile. He was five-foot-10, maybe.
In my mind, there was him and there was Noel.
“I’m Andrew. What’s your name?” he said.
“I’m Milan,” I said.
“What are you doing around here?” he asked.
“First weekend out, right?”
“Oh. I’ve been out since last week. I was here. It wasn’t as packed. You know,” he said.
“Thanks for asking … about the coffee. I just have to get over to my girls. Maybe I’ll see you around, Andrew,” I said.
My Take on Broken
Broken by Tannille Edwards is a young adult novel that tackles issues pertinent to the teen audience including appearance, self-acceptance, love, and fitting in. Milan is a young, deaf model who graces the covers of fashion magazines and stalks the catwalks of high profile fashion shows. She’s the envy of her friends and inspire avarice in mean girl, Cara. She’s also the target of her brother’s bullying.
Author Edwards shows us even when a person seems to have it all she often doesn’t. Milan wants to be more than a world-renowned beauty, but she’s unsure how to be the person she want to be. She sees her deafness as something that separates her from the real world, fitting in, and having the love she wants.
Broken should appeal to teens with its backdrop of high fashion and lavish lifestyles. The free music downloads will be much appreciated too. As a person, who uses American Sign Language daily in school, I found the difficulties of being a deaf person in a hearing world was not covered in significant detail. On one hand, I realize those who can hear have no interest in identifying with the deaf. Too much information about being hear impaired could make it into a niche market book. Ms. Edwards avoids this by dealing more with Milan’s feelings about being deaf, which can be similar to any difference from weight to braces in an adolescent’s life.
A romance sure to appeal to teens and the young at heart.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Tanille is the co-author and creator of the children's green book series "Jordan & Justine's Weekend Adventures." She is also the author of the new media young adult novel with music "Cameo by Tanille." Th¬e Undercover Starlet Journal is a title Tanille created to inspire young women and has extended Undercover Starlet into brand extensions that appear throughout
her novels. Tanille has been writing since age 16. She earned an MBA at 21 and graduated magna cum laude.
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