Diva by Carrie Duffy
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: June 21, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Genre: Chick Lit
My Rating: 4/5
Summary (from amazon.com):
Stunning and sexy, Dionne Summers is a girl who speaks her mind. Brought up on the mean streets of Detroit, she is determined that nothing will stop her from becoming the world’s next supermodel.
Beautiful and innocent, Alyson McIntyre is desperate to escape her upbringing. She decides it is time to take hold of her life and follow her dreams.
Heading to the chic streets of Paris, the girls move in with a maverick young designer, CeCe Bouvier. Born to a life of luxury and glamour, CeCe is determined to stand on her own two feet and take the fashion world by storm.
The girls vow to make it to the top, but their friendship is about to be tested to the limits when deception, betrayal and tragedy are played out in the glare of the paparazzi flashbulbs.
Can the three girls overcome the ghosts of the past – or will the catwalk consume them?
**NOTE: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher. However, no compensations were made and this review reflects my honest thoughts and feelings.**
Is it ever possible to escape your past and make it big in the world?
Reading Diva was like being given an inside look into what life must be like for a celebrity. Spending everyday knowing that a secret from your past could come back and haunt you. Being a total tabloid junkie, I could sense that things were coming to a head or at least had a fear that they would and THAT made me want to read faster and faster because who doesn't love the car-wreck that are celebrities?!?!
Carrie Duffy has such an amazing talent of pulling her readers into the story and allowing them to feel the emotions that her characters are feeling. I found that, in Diva, I mostly related to Alyson but in actuality, couldn't really identify to any of them because of the lifestyle in which they are living. However, that didn't take away from the story at all. Each of the characters was so alive and so entertaining that I thoroughly enjoyed reading each of their stories.
Not being a huge fashionista (most of my clothes are from Wal-Mart and the likes), I found the world of fashion so interesting. Reading Diva on the eve of the London 2012 Olympics really allowed for me to become immersed in the culture and the lifestyle of that city as well as the wonderful Paris. Through Carrie's vivid descriptions, I have now added both places to the top of my bucket list for travel.
Overall, Diva was a wonderful follow up to Carrie's smashing debut novel, Idol. Her writing style is perfectly matched to the genre in which she has chosen to write and I can see her around for a long time to come.