You guys, I have something really special for you today! Julie Cross was stopped by for a guest posts on tips for dating a model to promote Halfway Perfect, her newest novel (co-written with male model Mark Perini). Before we get to the goodies, I just wanted to say that you guys definitely want to check this novel out. It’s smart and funny and completely heartwarming. If any of you live in NYC, you should stop by Books Of Wonder bookstore on Friday, May 8, between 6 PM and 8 PM because both Mark and Julie will be there signing copies! If you get to go, I’m incredibly jealous because I live far from NYC and even if I was considering skipping work Friday and making the crazy drive, my husband has to commandeer the car to go in the exact opposite direction to attend his sisters wedding. X_X But I will be there in spirit! Anyway, without further ado, I give you JULIE CROSS!
Well, unlike Mark, I’ve never actually dated a model. And I’m not even sure I’ve met one in person (not even Mark), so I can only give this list according to Eve, our heroine, who pursues dating a model, despite telling herself it’s a bad, bad idea.
- Don’t – Show up at his underwear shoot for Calvin Klein, polka dot banana hammocks are not even a little bit sexy
- Do – Make friends with his fake girlfriend, it will make dating life so much easier for both of you
- Don’t – Make him late for a call time. Punctuality failure means “difficult talent” and less work
- Do – Consult him before traveling, it’s likely he’s been where you’re going and can offer great advice
- Don’t – Come at him with a pin or sewing needle, it’s likely he’s developed a phobia and this might cause a panic attack
- Do – prepare yourself for adventure and fun, possibly physical activity (well, not that! Okay maybe that…)
- Don’t – Assume posing for pictures is his thing. It’s work. Ask him what his thing is, what he’s interested in, I guarantee you’ll be surprised
- Do – Invite him to Thanksgiving dinner with your professor. It’s likely he’s far from home and might enjoy company for the holiday
- Don’t – Challenge him to a staring contest. He’s trained at professional expressions and keeping a straight face. You will lose
- Do – Find a private, camera free place to kiss him for the first time (dorm rooms are great) because everyone knows real love happens off camera and away from watchful eyes
TITLE: Halfway Perfect
AUTHOR: Julie Cross & Mark Perini
PUBLICATION DATE: May 5, 2015
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
PAGES: 384 pages
SOURCE: publisher via NetGalley
RATING: 5 bows
MY REVIEW: click here
Bestselling author Julie Cross teams up with Ford model Mark Perini to pen a poignant and gritty YA novel about love and the dark side of modeling and the fashion industry.
Eve’s time as a fashion model nearly destroyed her-now she’s determined to build a career behind the camera lens. But landing a coveted photography internship brings her face to face with her dark past-and her ex.
While Eve is snapping pictures, up-and-coming male model Alex is launching his career-which, for him, involves maintaining a fake relationship with his co-star, Elana.
But Alex is falling for Eve, and Eve won’t let herself get hurt again. If Alex can pull off a fake love with Elana, can he convince Eve to risk a secret affair with him?
Julie Cross is the international bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy. Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. Her knowledge of the modeling and fashion world comes from viewings of the movies The Devil Wears Prada, and Zoolander, and her unwavering devotion to the first three seasons of Ugly Betty. On a recent trip to NYC, she also took the time to walk past both the Gucci and Prada stores, spending at least 15 seconds viewing items through the windows.
Mark Perini is a New York City-based author debuting his first YA novel, Halfway Perfect. Additionally, Mark is a featured author in the NA anthology, Fifty First Times.
Mark began his career as an international fashion model ten years ago, while simultaneously obtaining a business degree from Seton Hall University. He has a passion for traveling the world, and he’s made a blood pact with friends to see all seven wonders of the ancient world before he’s thirty. Four down, three to go.