Are You There, God? It's Me, Paulina

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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IN BLUME A Model Summer, a model (Porizkova, inset)

Former supermodel Paulina Porizkova leads an enviable life, with fame, money, looks, and a rock star husband to boot. Turns out all she ever really wanted to be was Judy Blume.

At least that's the impression one gets from Porizkova's debut novel, A Model Summer. Due out in April from Hyperion, it's a coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old Swedish model with a slavic name who is discovered and whisked off to Paris, where she learns about sex, drugs, untimely menstruation, sleazy photographers, and model-on-model betrayal. (Porizkova, who also moved to Paris from Sweden after being discovered at 15, insists her heroine is "purely fictional.") It's the cautionary tale that all America's Next Top Model wannabes should read.

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