Smile for the Camera by Kelle James
A Memoir

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Kelle James ran away from an abusive home at the age of fifteen to the best place she could think of. New York City. She was going to be a model, rich, famous, and she was going to find people who treated her right. She had no idea what was in store for her and within three days she was homeless and broke. What follows is her exceptional story of trying to make it on her own with nothing to her name and no one to trust. She endures a string of people, mostly men, who take advantage of her youth and beauty, many disappointments and rejections, and the most famous murder trial of the 1970s. This is the story of a girl losing herself before finding her way in the city that never sleeps.
 

About Kelle James

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Kelle James was a successful model. Her memoir is her first book.
 
Published November 2, 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 400 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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This completely absorbing memoir follows the author from age 16, when she escaped from an abusive home in the late 1970s to become a model in New York City.

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Examiner

Model Kelle James joined a writing class intending to write a happy story for young girls.

Dec 04 2010 | Read Full Review of Smile for the Camera: A Memoir

HSJ

In my opinion, visiting the city at least once a month, I believe that Kelle describes New York City perfectly.

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Youth Services Book Review

(Middle schools, high schools, small libraries, all libraries, etc.) Where would you shelve it and why?

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CLP Teensburgh

Kelle is very inspiring to me, because she was able to get out of an abusive home life and able to move away and only sixteen years old.

Aug 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Smile for the Camera: A Memoir

HitFix

And when Raylan pays a surprise visit to Wynn's trailer to punch him out and drop a bullet on Wynn — his own version of what Fogel hopes to accomplish with his Harlan Roulette game — our man from Detroit is barely thrown at all, and even flashes a dazzling smile for Raylan's cellphone photo.

Jan 31 2012 | Read Full Review of Smile for the Camera: A Memoir

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