This title and cover really got me interested, the description even more so. I love reading about artsy, unique characters, and thought that’s what I would get. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. I’ll explain more in the review.
Title: Model Position
Series: Art of Love (#1)
Author: Kitsy Clare
Release Date: February 20, 2014
Rating: 3 artsy stars
Recommended for: someone looking for a not-too-deep short book to read between two long books
About Model Position:
For Sienna, love and art are perilous games. Is she ready to take that gamble?
Sienna is a beautiful, talented artist poised on the precipice of soaring into the glamorous, yet cutthroat Manhattan art scene.
Dave Hightower is a hooked-up, handsome heir to the hippest gallery in NYC, Gallery Hightower.
Erik is the live drawing model with his sizzling green eyes fixed only on Sienna.
Three’s a crowd, so Sienna must make a choice: date Dave and ride the fast track to landing a show at Gallery Hightower and hobnobbing with the art glitterati, or follow her heart and take a chance with Erik, the stunning male model who’s stealing her heart. But Erik has some worrisome secrets, and who in their right mind would make live modeling their career?
Dare Sienna throw away her chances of hitting it big to follow her heart?
I don’t know where to start. This was another case of the story being good, but the characters being bad, I guess.
I guess I’ll start with Sienna. Although she was in grad school, so probably in her mid-twenties, she acted like a child (I can say that without being condescending because she was probably my age or older). The way she described her feelings for Dave, and then Erik, sounded more like the way a middle schooler would describe her feelings for the cute boy in her math class. Additionally, the way her and her friends acted like it was a given that they were all going to end up world-famous artists, or “art stars” as she puts it, showed naivety that wasn’t cute on grown adults.
Her interactions with her friends also made me think of the pre-teen movie Sleepover. They just weren’t acting like adults in most of this book. I may have acted like that time to time my first few years of college, but those were immature moments that came occasionally. You wouldn’t expect a twenty-something grad student to act like that all the time. Not to mention her constant flip-flopping between decisions about boys, about her art, about her life.
She was also incredibly shallow and a social climber, like many of the characters in this book. She literally says, “I’m over Dave, but I’m not quite over what he can give me.” She’s attracted to Erik from the get-go, but doesn’t actually respond to his advances until she realizes he’s a talented artist. And she doesn’t even really try to hide this (except for from Erik), and nobody seems to care. Because they’re all social climbers and shallow. Erik was the only one who never gave off that vibe, but we didn’t really learn much about him, so maybe we just didn’t see enough of his personality to judge.
Onto Dave, who is the other character I had the biggest problem with (and his family). He was the quintessential spoiled little rich boy. The book made it seem like he wasn’t even that good at art, nor did he have an interest in it, yet he was in graduate level classes, planning his showing, etc. All these things would usually require a talent and passion for art, and he seemed to have neither. He also had no shame, since he was well aware of this and totally okay with it. He just seemed to have a big ego that didn’t have the talent to back it up, and everything, including Sienna’s possible showing, was about him. He was also even more shallow than Sienna in regards to his opinions about Erik. Erik was only worthy of Sienna once he had a showing in Dave’s family’s gallery.
Reading the description for the next book, it seems like it will be much of the same, only longer. More indecisiveness on Sienna’s part, so I doubt I’ll read it.
*I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
About Kitsy Clare:
Kitsy Clare hails from Philadelphia and lives in New York. A romantic at heart, she loves to write about the sexy intrigue of the city, and particularly of the art world. She knows it well, having shown her paintings here before turning to writing. Model Position, her new adult novella is about artist Sienna and her friends. Living in a Bookworld says: “Beautifully written! We get to learn things about art & painting, which is refreshing. A colorful story from a promising new adult author.” The next in her Art of Love series, Private Internship launches in September with Inkspell.
Kitsy loves to travel, draw, read romance, speculative fiction and teach writing workshops. She also writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her futuristic thriller, Ruby’s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next Generation Indie book awards. Fireseed One, its companion novel, was a finalist in YA and Sci-Fi in the USA News International Book Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna, launches fall 2014 with Evernight Teen. She’s a member of SFWA, RWA and SCBWI.