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3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  233 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
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-re ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 7th 2002 by Amistad (first published 1987)
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Ms. Majerus
Sep 08, 2007 Ms. Majerus rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Walter Dean Myers fans and any girl who wants to be a model
If you like Walter Dean Myers, you'll probably like this book. But if you want to be a model or are interested in modeling, you will definitely like this book. It talks all about a girl who is getting into modeling and what her life is like and what struggles she faces.
Feb 03, 2014 Brittney rated it really liked it
This is a story of a beautiful African-American teenager named crystal. She is an up and coming model whose trying to balance her blooming career with her studies and family life. As she begins to realize the real side to modeling, her perception changes and her life turns upside down.
I think the book was interesting and very suspicious in some parts. The book appealed to me because I have various similiarities to the protagonist, Crystal. The struggles and moral dilemmas she faces in this book
Sep 17, 2007 Imani marked it as to-read
Brittany Fulton
Apr 06, 2011 Brittany Fulton rated it it was ok
Shelves: 21-30
Crystal is not just an average 16 year old black girl living in Brooklyn--she is exceptionally gorgeous. Her looks get her a modeling agent and she gets thrown into the life of modeling. At first it is glamorous and Crystal loves being told how beautiful she is. However, it all starts to change when more is demanded of Crystal then she wants to give, her grades begin to slip, and friendships start to become estranged. Crystal has to decide if this is really the life she wants, but if she gives i ...more
Q. Thompson
Jan 05, 2012 Q. Thompson rated it really liked it
This review is in reference to “Crystal”, a book written by Walter Dean Myers in 1987. The general subject matter is about a young lady starting her modeling career. Crystal Brown is a gorgeous sixteen year old high school student that is starting a new journey. She begins by taking photos and then starts going to parties and on dates so that she can get exposed. Crystal’s parents support her all the way, even though her dad doesn’t know everything that goes on. Her mom is more involved because ...more
Gabriella BenHutta
Oct 06, 2010 Gabriella BenHutta rated it liked it
The book Crystal is about a sixteen year old girl,she is on her way to become a model.
During the book,Crystal find it hard to maintain good grades while working as a model.
When Crysral starts modeling she is starting to see that modeling is not as exciting as she thought,and she is wondering if she is making the right decision.
Crystal's mother support her and want her to become a successful model.
She is having a hard time with modeling,she doesn't feel comfortable with herself and she is feeling
Dec 09, 2009 Jehily rated it really liked it
This book was like food, you couldnt stop eating it or put it down! Crystal is an interesting book with lots of suspension and parts that make mouths drop. The book crystal was about a girl who wants to be a model. She gets a manager named, Loretta and this woman gets her varies of gigs. Well, Crystal goes to her photographer and he tells her to take off her clothes, but Crystal doesnt want to.She then tells her mom about it and her mom asked her if she did it and Crystal said no. Her mom then s ...more
Clarissa Santiago
Jun 05, 2014 Clarissa Santiago rated it really liked it
I have to say Walter Dean Meyers had been a great author for a while since my fourth grade year I've been trying to read this book and I did and it was amazing. It's about a church girl named Crystal who soon becomes a model and journey through the advances and disadvantage of being a drop dead gorgeous model if you would like to know if it was all adventurous or a total dread read this book !
Mar 24, 2016 Christy rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
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-re
Apr 16, 2015 Janis rated it really liked it
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Nov 10, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
This is a story of adults behaving badly. Crystal has a promising modeling career, but is increasingly asked to do things that she is not comfortable with. I felt sorrow for the choices she was faced with and anger for the adults who applied pressure instead of support.
Keondra Washington
Nov 07, 2012 Keondra Washington rated it really liked it
This is a fairly good book. It builds suspense and keeps you wondering what's going to happen next. What I really liked about the book is that it was more realistic than fictional even though it is a fiction book. Some of the situations described in the story are things that I can relate to.

I rated this book with four stars because it was really good but not great. It was a little flawed in my opinion. In some instances, the choice of words could have been better. Also I was confused in some pa
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 24, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 25, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
Interesting idea. In this book Meyers takes a poor black girl from the ghetto and transposes her into the world of modeling. Her mother is pressuring her to make something of herself since this opportunity has been offered to her, while her father is a little bit more reluctant. The thing is Crystal has values that are not common to the fashion world. When her agent tries to talk her into a skanky shoot where she appears nude and her only friend in the modeling industry kills herself, Crystal mu ...more
Sandra Strange
Sep 03, 2009 Sandra Strange rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
16-year-old Crystal has already begun on a modeling career that thrills her and excites her mother, though her father is more hesitant about her success. However, little by little, she is forced to choose between modeling and her friends, her schooling, her standards. She begins to question whether what she is gaining is worth what she is losing. Positive. The novel includes some mature situations where she is challenged to model in the nude and trade sexual favors for success, but her choices e ...more
Dec 30, 2009 Miriam rated it liked it
This book is about a girl named Crysatl who has big dreams in being a model she has been in photoshots and is offered a role ina n upcaming movie but she quits the movie and photos because she belives that she shouldn't let people take advantage of her. I liked this book because it talked about all the obsteciles she had to over come to make her dreams come true and in a way it tells you that she is strong and won't let people take advantage of her.Something I liked that Walter Dean Myers did wa ...more
Dec 30, 2014 Mark rated it it was ok
I'm going to stay stick with male protagonists, Walter.
 Imani ♥ ☮
Well this book lost my focus a few times, that's why it got a 3. It was alright i guess. I don't know. I guess I was waiting for some big thing to happen and it didn't. The book is about this girl and she's really beautiful. She is also a new model. At first she likes it, that is until she has to "pose in a way that isnt comfortable" for her and realizes that all anyone in that business cares about is her body, not the person inside. When i bought this book i guess I was expecting more. Instead ...more
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beautiful i ;love it
Angel Kimber
Nov 29, 2011 Angel Kimber rated it really liked it
Crystal is a sixteen year old girl who as everything she need,and want. She's beginning her career as a young black model in New York City. Everything is good until she realizes that her life is becoming less about her and more about modeling. she starts doing thing that she wouldn't normally do, she starts drifting away from her friends and family.
This might be a spoiler but, she eventually realize that modeling isn't worth it when she loses someone close to her.
Dec 16, 2008 Hana rated it did not like it
It was a boring book. A girl named Crystal is a model and she's the richest kid in her neighborhood. (she lives in the poor side of the neighborhood) Has to choose a path between giving herself up to everything in modeling or not doing it. I don't really recommend people to read this. There's nothing interesting about this book. The only reason I read it was because my 8th grade teacher is a fan of Walter Dean Myers book and told me that I should read this book.
Jazmine Encalada
Oct 25, 2009 Jazmine Encalada rated it it was ok
The book crystal by walter dean myers is about a teenager girl named Crystal.She begins trying to succeed her dream of becoming a model.There she learns a new life style that she finds facinating.Until she learns the true meaning of being a model.Realizing after all that she hasnt been chasing her dream but her mother's and determines to end her modeling career. I would recomment this book to people that like realistic fiction books.
Kimberly Polanco
Oct 21, 2007 Kimberly Polanco rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Modeling people
This book is about a girl who has a career in modeling and at first she loves it and its exciting but then things change like they want her to pose nude and her life changed when her frienf Rowena died from having stress and trying to kill herself. This book is interesting i stringly reccomend it to modeling people but also to regular people who dont have modeling careers.
Jamie Smith Parry
May 13, 2010 Jamie Smith Parry rated it really liked it
Another excellent book by Walter Dean Myers. One reason why I like this book so much is that it deals with such real issues facing teenagers today. Crystal, the main character, has a dream of becoming a model, and is faced with all the beauty and uglieness that modeling comes with. Girls can find a role model in Crystal, and can identify with her easily.
Jul 07, 2013 Kfields rated it liked it
A very simplistic book about the exploitation of young girls in the glamor filled worlds of modeling and acting. There was a lot of pressure for her to give up her values to attain wealth and popularity. She realizes that friendship and self -respect are more precious than forcing oneself to do things for fame and fortune.
Wendy Cato
Mar 01, 2008 Wendy Cato rated it it was amazing
I previewed this as reading for my student who LOVE Walter Dean Myers. I plan on giving the book and a bookmark as a prize for something I do in my classes during testing week.
Mar 09, 2012 Ashley rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-have
I had to force myself to finish this book. To me it was boring. I guess because it was nothing I could relate to. If I can't put myself into the book then I don't like it.
Oct 26, 2012 alison rated it really liked it
i was going to write something glib and gross-hipster-y about the ups and downs of being a teenage model, but then i remembered that this novel was genuinely moving.
Jun 27, 2008 Sarahfina rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who want to be a model.
if u want to be a this book.
i did when i stared it ........when i finished it.....well i am thinking it through.....a lot.
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

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