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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  24 reviews
The loss of innocence, the death of beauty, and the price of success.

Seventeen years ago, Iris was forced to abandon Gus, the love of her life, and her career as a top model in Paris. She has created a new life for herself and her daughter, Lou, in California. However, when the news of Gus’s unexpected death reaches Iris, her tenuously reconstructed life is thrown into cha
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Published September 20th 2018 by Fashion Sphinx Books
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Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley and Fashion Sphinx Books for the ARC.

This book is heartbreakingly beautiful.
It starts in California, where single mom Iris, a former international fashion model, leads a quiet life as a sculptor in the peaceful countryside of La Arboleda. I'm immediately taken in by the place. The ranch, the sights and smells, the calm soothing natural environment.
But all that's about to change. While Iris' priority is her sixteen year old daughter Lou, the girl's photographer father has oth
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
3.5 stars

I feel like debut novels can be difficult to review. Here Melian gives to us a fictionalized story based on truth. Iris, a former model, who had a tumultuous relationship with fashion photographer, Gus, now is off that fast track and with her daughter, lives in California. Living a much calmer life, she receives notice that Gus has passed and has left his estate to Lou, him and Iris's daughter. Here comes the paparazzi. Now she has to confront her past to try and protect not only hersel
Lolly K Dandeneau
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
via my blog:
“That’s the business, Iris. It’s a ruthless industry. People’s love lasts but one season.”

In a novel that is fiction meets memoir, Eugenia Melian (who has worked in the industry as model, agent, producer, and music supervisor in Milan, Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles) tells the story of former top model in Paris, Iris, who has to make the choice to extract herself from her greatest love, Gus and the industry itself. We meet her present d
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I saw the cover of Wildchilds, I was intrigued. And then I read the description of the book, and I knew I needed to read this book. While I’ve never been interested in modeling myself, I’ve always been interested in the fashion industry. And then I found out that the author of Wildchilds, Eugenia Melian, is a former model. That just makes this whole book so much cooler.

Wildchilds follows former model Iris, who after just a few short years in the modeling world, leaves Paris abrup
Kate Montgomery
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this book! It's VERY timely and a page-turner. Set primarily in the fascinating and sometimes also horrific inner circles of Paris high fashion, Eugenia Melian artfully captures the passionate vulnerability of youth, the heartbreak of an ill-fated love affair, the complexity of a contemporary mother-daughter relationship, the transformative power of true friendships - and the healing that can only come for women when we finally unite and tell the Truth. ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book about love, fashion, Paris, California, the world of top models and redemption. I read it straight through, and was captivated by the author's inside knowledge of the modeling industry and the abuse girls have been subjected to in order to reach the top. The relationships between mother/daughter/friends/lovers is beautifully drawn, and the sense of place, whether in the hills of Sonoma or the clubs of Paris are vivid and lush. ...more
Janelle Janson
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to Smith Publicity for providing my free copy of WILDCHILDS - all opinions are my own.

This is a deeply personal story with a backdrop of the thrilling, yet dark and perilous underside of the fashion world.

Iris is a retired fashion model and a single mom to her teenage daughter, Lou. She has given up the top model life in Paris to settle down to a quiet life in La Arboleda until one day she receives a package from Gustavo’s estate. Gus, who is her ex-boyfriend and fashion photographer
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, fiction
In a time where women are fighting back against an industry that has forced them into silence for years, this book is a love song to the "me too" movement.

An ex-model returns to Paris after the death of her boyfriend and finds herself swept up in the chaos that drove her from France, and her successful career.
This book sheds light on the struggles women in this industry face everyday. Gives us a gimps into their not so glamorous lives.

At times this book is very difficult to read, to believe t
Ana Domínguez
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eugenia Melián is a superb storyteller! Wildschilds It is a book crucial to anyone interested in fashion, with the point of view of a sharp insider who has been in the industry for decades representing talented artists like David Lachapelle or Tony Viramontes. But it is much more than that, a great story full of love, compassion, regrets, frustration, nostalgia... A real pleasure to read. I highly recommend it. You will be shocked, surprised, angry and highly moved by its characters. Watch out f ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to the author for sending me this book for review.

I really wanted to love it, the writing style I really enjoyed but sometimes I was confused, because some take place in the present but also in the past and I didn't realize what time we weren or settings like where we are. But I enjoyed the idea pf the story
Donna Davis
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in fashion history.
I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Thanks go to Net Galley and Fashion Sphinx Books.

The world of fashion is about as far from my orbit as anything could be (wrote the reviewer from her armchair while wearing her favorite chenille robe and slippers.) However, I have taken a few wild literary chances that have paid off, and an online acquaintance said she had enjoyed this novel, so I plunged. Although I did learn some things, it didn’t work for me as well as I h
Shari Lopatin
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
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This was my first choice for my first NetGalley Advanced Reviewer Copy (ARC), so trust me when I say, I really wanted to give this debut novel more than two stars. The story was good, and I can tell it was deeply personal for Author Eugenia Meliàn. Unfortunately, Wildchilds was not executed well, like reading a proofread first draft rather than a final product.

Here’s the deal with Wildchilds: it’s a great concept, a story about the dark side of the fashion industry, a #MeToo coming out for a sec
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
What a timely book.

Iris is a former model and single mom. She's living a quiet life as a sculptor and receives the new that her daughter's father has died. Iris must travel to Los Angeles to sort through the paperwork of his estate and doing so bring about painful memories of her past life.

There are very dark parts of Iris's story explored. The illicit love affair, and pain that was inflected both physically and mentally. This isn't a light-hearted read. This is a book of pain and struggle and
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful memoir. Very entertaining and grabs hold of you from the beginning. Intense! Will be hard to put down.
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Excellent book!!!
Nicanor Cardeñosa
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Iris de Valade is a caring-selfish-strong-ashamed-shy-scared person that finds love and hell in Paris. But you have to get to the end to see who wins and, no, is not predictable. Total shock in the last two pages; ok, that was a spoiler all the way down, admitted. In case you feel tempted… you’ll be sorry.
Wildchilds writing is fast, fluid and, at the times, beautiful. Most of those times are about descriptions of two lover’s secret places in Paris. But also, about the publishing business makin
Joan Juliet
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is the real deal. The fashion insider's juiciest, dishiest , most disturbing dive into the depths of what really happens behind the scenes in the real/glittery/dark world of fashion. Told by a true insider-- Eugenia Melian was a Paris model and then an agent to the wildest photographers of the 90s. No one can tell it like she does-- the intrigue, the sexual menace, the ambition , the disorientation, the bitter taste of glamor and abuse.
I wish everyone who ever wants to be a model , eve
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book is amazing. Exquisitely written by a true insider who knows the fashion editorial, modeling and photography industry in depth. Descriptions of moods, feelings, atmospheres and landscapes are magical under Eugenia´s refined sense of beauty and realness. She´s is deeply accurate in her descriptions of Paris secret pleasures and extremely delicate when she writes about feelings and deep emotions. A harsh crude story about the darkness behind fashion photography that we all insiders know ab ...more
Paul Zaentz
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
great mother/daughter - muse/artist relationships story set against the backdrop of the fashion industry. i found it to be a true page turner and have given it to my three nieces who are in their 30s and each of them have passed it on to their friends
Lynette Murphy
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I guess I'm amazed that agencies of that type ever existed. It's far from the usual type book I like to read but I did enjoy reading it. The picture on the cover put me off to start with. But it was much better than I had thought it would be. ...more
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous novel that reflects that fashion’s world is not always easy and beautiful....but the most important is the passionate love story of the main characters of this novel.I recommend it to everyone ❤️ When i discovered this novel it was a love at first sight! love it!
R.K. Byers
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
too much heist/caper stuff, not enough modeling.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style, the author pulls you into the book from the very beginning and makes it so you don't want to put the book down. It kept me on the edge of my seat reading from cover to cover gues
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I won this book from Goodreads. I am to give an honest review. I only gave Wildchilds only two stars because the story dragged on and I on.
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Since the early 1980s, Eugenia Melian has worked as a model, agent, producer, and music supervisor in Milan, Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles. She has discovered, managed, art directed and produced some of the most talented artists of our time, with career highlights that include launching the careers of iconic photographers Tony Viramontes, Peggy Sirota and David LaChapelle, and co-produci ...more

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