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Braless in Wonderland

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  246 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Allee Rosen is a lot of things: high school senior, overachiever, brain. The one thing Allee is "not" is supermodel material-at least that's what she thinks until modeling scouts spot her and she moves to Miami to work with an elite modeling agency. Suddenly Allee is swept up?p in a whirlwind of designer labels, photo shoots, go-sees and some seriously backstabbing models. ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Dutton Children's Books
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Lesley
Apr 24, 2015 Lesley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
There were a few moments that gave me pause in regards to the narrator’s descriptions of characters who were racially or sexually distinct from her. A lot of her perspective on it read like that of a moderately progressive middle-aged mom: rah-rah for the adorably (and predictably, and stereotypically) flamboyant gay characters, but the “girl girl” stuff was ~ fine, but not for her. While in other books, such as The Sky Always Hears Me, that sort of viewpoint would have been appropriate given th ...more
Sarah
Jul 28, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, contemporary
What a terrible book. I grabbed it because it had a catchy title and it described the main character as a feminist, but what you really get is a vapid little girl on a whirlwind of vapidity. The main character has the IQ of Paris Hilton, making it completely implausible that she got into Yale. In fact, the entire plot is based around her not having money for college despite the fact that most college students have loans and do not become supermodels. The main character seems to think she is some ...more
Kristi
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alle is known as the brain, the smart one of her family. Her sister Sabrina is the pretty one, and Alle refers to her as The Fluff.... all beauty no brains. But Alle’s smarts have paid off and she has an acceptance to Yale in the fall, unfortunately she has no way to pay for it.

When she escorts her sister to a modeling agency scouting, she gets discovered instead of Sabrina. Although modeling is the last thing in the world Alle wants to do, she knows that the money from modeling could make her d
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Kristen
I can't do it. I adore YA novels and obsessively devoured America's, Australia's, New Zealand's, Britian's and Canada's Next Top Model as a teen, but this novel is awful. The protagonist, Allee (note the unique spelling of a common name) constantly boasts to the audience about how she's a feminist, but she slut shames her classmate for what she wears. Allee comes across as very immature, ignorant and irritating. In the novel, the protagonist's sister uses the word 'retarded' to refer to an ugly ...more
Brandi
Apr 01, 2012 Brandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I discovered this book I had to read it! I'm a closet ANTM addict :) Braless in Wonderland takes a look at a girl who gets sucked into the world of modeling. Alle Rosen planned on spending the last half of her senior year studying like crazy to raise her GPA in the hope of getting as many scholarships as possible to help pay for Yale. Being accidentally discovered at a mall was never part of the plan.

Allee learns that models may be made of sugar and spice and things not so nice. This is re
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Cana Rensberger
Jun 30, 2010 Cana Rensberger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you know that models practice smiling with their tongue behind their teeth to hide the dreaded black space? It’s something that Allee Rosen would never have thought of as she stuffed rolls of toilet paper into her backpack for her art project.

Allee’s headed to Yale to be an English Literature major. Yale! Or so she thought. She finds out her rocket scientist dad failed to save enough money for the prestigious school. So, for now, she’s finishing her senior year of high school, working at Wal
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Fred
Aug 26, 2011 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so maybe I did get lured in by the title, but still this was a funny, thoughtful and sometimes insightful look at a stuck up smartypants' odyssey into acceptance of the inherent worth of other people not like herself, and the beginnings of humility. Oh yeah, and finding her own identity along the way. I thought the Alice in Wonderland parallels were fun and cute, c'mon this isn't rocket science (inside joke, there, her Dad is a rocket scientist at "Cape Comet," the little town where Allee is ...more
Steph (Reviewer X)
Whereas the focus of the Violet books is on Violet herself, this book gives explores the industry more. That’s the biggest difference I can think of between the two, for those who’re wondering.

Anyway, on to the actual book: I was charmed, and probably liked it more than the average person will. This is my exact kind of book—vivid characters, an outrageous scenario, and a whole lotta humor. It’s very fun and you also end up learning something. (I’m always on the lookout for smart light reads, so
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.com

Did you know that models practice smiling with their tongue behind their teeth to hide the dreaded black space? It's something that Allee Rosen would never have thought of as she stuffed rolls of toilet paper into her backpack for her art project.

Allee's headed to Yale to be an English Literature major. Yale! Or so she thought. She finds out her rocket scientist dad failed to save enough money for the prestigious school. So, for now, she's finishi
...more
Kat17
Jul 08, 2012 Kat17 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Braless in Wonderland was an unexpected delight. I’ve never been a fan of the modeling dream or shows like “America’s Next Top Model” and yet I found myself drawn into the character’s adventure, perhaps relating more because we shared so many opinions. I loved that Allee never wanted to be a model and throughout much of the book thought herself too good for it. The idea of falling into a career that so many would kill for is both amusing and encouraging.

The reader is offered an accurate and enti
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Kerry Cerra
Jun 27, 2010 Kerry Cerra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Allee Rosen had dreams of Yale. The high school senior, overachiever, and brainiac couldn’t wait to submerge herself in a world of intelligent college scholars. So, when she’s forced to drive her sister to a casting call at the local mall, Alle feels she’s been dropped down the wrong rabbit hole when she’s the one who’s “discovered.” Realizing that the modeling money could ensure she’d be able to afford Yale, Alle accepts the job and moves to Miami. Before she knows it, Alle is living the good l ...more
Paul
Apr 02, 2011 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Braless in Wonderland by Debbie Reed Fischer - This was a delight to read. It presents a realistic view of what it's like to be a teen model in Miami. The characters and storyline felt authentic.

Allee Rosen is an honors program high school senior. She is spotted by modeling scouts while confronting her physically attractive sister auditioning for a spot.

Allee is chosen instead of her sister. Allee at first considers this detour into modeling as a way to break out of her small town and obtain mon
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BookChic Club
Feb 01, 2012 BookChic Club rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're a fan of the Violet series by Melissa Walker, you're sure to love this book about modeling as well. Fischer's prose and characterization of Allee and the people surrounding her are extremely well-written and realistic. I also loved the humor in this book, and the detailed accuracy of the modeling business. This book is a page-turner from the start and, before you know it, the story's over! I really want to read more about Allee and her adventures in modeling- she's such a fun character ...more
Virna
Jan 07, 2015 Virna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story.
Michelle Madow
A new favorite! Fans of glamorous, contemporary YA will LOVE Braless in Wonderland!
Leah
I did not like the main character Allee. I thought she was super annoying as all she did was hate on everybody. She didn't like her family, school, anyone in existence. Having a character that hates everything isn't creating a character that one can connect to. Who wants to be around someone who complains all the time? Even Garfield loved his lasagna and Pooky.
Bianca
Rate: 3.5 stars

The main character was slightly irritating and judgemental, all while kinda being a hypocrite. There was nothing wrong with this book, but there wasn't anything really right about it either. I sort of just read it to read it, and I hate when that happens. When i read a book I want to get something out of it, but I didn't.
Katie
Oct 03, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title may turn you away from this book, but it is a good story about finding hidden passion for something you haven't even considered doing. Even though it seems like you have your future planned out for you, it may change as you develop more opportunities in life. This was a great book!
Miri
May 30, 2009 Miri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This book was amazing. I loved the main character and how she changed throughout the novel. There was nothing cliche or predictable about this story at all. It keeps you guessing until the last page. You won't regret reading this.
Elaine
Mar 16, 2011 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't just any nerd-turned-hot-model love story, it was deeper into the MC's feelings and what she wants to do with her life. Very deep, and I love how there's not much romance for the MC. I also love the awesome ending :)
Mark Polino
May 08, 2011 Mark Polino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I think was I expecting less so I was pretty surprised. Fashion Senseless Girl gets picked as a model and moves to Miami while her modeling obsessed sister is stuck at home. A look a the less glamorous side of modeling.
Natalie
Nov 26, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book because it showed you the life of a modle and how people you trust can stab you in the back. I like that it showed Alle as a smart girl and a modle and that she was kind. Unlike some of her roommates
Erin
Nov 07, 2008 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet debut about Allee, who--thanks to a fight with her sister--gets plucked from obscurity and lands a modeling contract with a hot Miami agency.

Good story of an insider's view of the not-so-glam modeling life.
Alexyss
Sep 13, 2012 Alexyss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad but not good either. The book basically tells you what models go through. I would have picked Tyra banks modelland book over this book. It didn't really move me but at least there was a decent ending.
Lisa
May 12, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I'm reading this for my book discussion and author event at the library. It's pretty cute so far, and I'm eagerly looking forward to the YA author event on the 17th.
jenny lynn
The writing wasn't as good as I would have liked and the ending was...disappointing, but the fashion world was interesting to get into.
Stephany
Dec 18, 2008 Stephany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book! This book made me feel as if I was a model in Miami. Great descriptions and imagery, and funny at times.
Jennifer
A cute book about one girl's journey through modeling to help pay for college.
Sally
Aug 27, 2008 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-done and smart "chick lit" for teens
Rachel
Mar 03, 2008 Rachel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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