Posing as Ashley

Posing as Ashley

By Annie Murray

A review of Posing As Ashley by Kimberley Joy Peters

Published on September 1, 2008

Posing As Ashley
Kimberley Joy Peters

Lobster Press
$10.95
paper
192pp
978-1-897073-87-2

In Kimberley Joy Peters’ Posing as Ashley (Lobster Press), the title character is a principled teenaged achiever who begins modelling one summer on the advice of her dad’s new girlfriend. It seems just the thing to keep Ashley busy at a rough time when her mom is recovering from cancer and her boyfriend of two years dumps her and goes away to canoe camp. She tries to fit her new modelling pursuits into her already busy life of family, friends, worrying about being perfect, and volunteering at the animal shelter. The story is straightforward, readable, and honest. It gives insight into the competitive world of modelling while also touching on the larger issue of Ashley’s perfectionism and her need to please the people around her. Younger teens will appreciate the details and the honesty mRb

Annie Murray is a Montreal librarian.

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