Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Book Review: X Factor, Confessions of a Naïve Fashion Model by Ivan Sivec

Title: X Factor, Confessions of a Naïve Fashion Model 

Author: Ivan Sivec
Publisher: ICO d.o.o., Slovenia
Pages: 246

About the book

It takes three mistakes to be swallowed up and spat out by the fashion industry. 
You trust the wrong people. 
You think you know everything there is to know about life. 
You take drugs. 


Ivan Sivec’s ‘X Factor, Confessions of a Naive Fashion Model’ is a glimpse into the modeling world from the inside, rather than just the glamour that we are so accustomed to see and understand. The story revolves around a 17 year old high school girl, Maja, who gets her first break in the fashion industry when spotted by a Slovenian modeling agency headed by Mr. Egon. But things are not as easy as she had imagined. Countless photo shoots and tiring fashion shows leave her exhausted and questioning her talent. Then there’s her photographer boyfriend, Klemen. Even he is not what he appears to be on the surface. Maja tastes success for a while but then things start slowing down and she becomes tired of all the rigorous regimens she is supposed to follow to maintain her looks. She becomes disillusioned and seeks solace in drug addiction. She has no self-esteem and no true friends. But she is a lucky girl who escapes her spiraling world in the end.
The book is based on a true story and takes the reader on a frightening journey into the world of addiction. Sivec writes about the worse problems that models deal with and gives an insight into the seemingly attractive, but in fact very cruel world of fashion. The book is written in a third person POV with inserts from Maja's journal to give a glimpse of her inner thoughts as she navigates her new life on her own. Clearly, English is not Mr. Sivec’s first language. After every few pages he stops the story to define a word. Even though it keeps distracting the reader, I’d have let it pass but the problem is he defines such words that do not warrant any definition! It was a major turn off. The book is an average read and has nothing new to offer. That being said, it still is an eye opener for all those who are looking forward to naively step into the trap set up by the glamour industry.

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About the author

In his rich and thriving career the writer, poet and publicist has written in many genres. Ivan Sivec’s broad ‘repertoire’ includes historical novels and stories, biographies, psychological novels, adventure novels and travelogues, books with sporting themes, youth book series, picture books and books for the youngest readers as well as humorous stories. He published over 125 books and is one of the most popular Slovenian authors. As a poet he has written more than 2,500 lyrics for ethnic and entertaining music for which he received many awards. 

I'd like to thank author Ivan Sivec for letting me review his book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 


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