cover image Halfway Perfect

Halfway Perfect

Julie Cross and Mark Perini. Sourcebooks Fire, $9.99 trade paper (384p) ISBN 978-1-4022-9719-9

Nineteen-year-old Eve Nowakowski—once an up-and-coming teen supermodel known as Eve Castle—abandoned that career for college at Columbia and a future in photography. While shadowing a famous photographer, Eve is unexpectedly thrust back into the industry she left behind. Meanwhile, Alex Evans, the male model of the moment, is paired up for a photo shoot with Elana, an underage French model; Alex's sleazy, predatory agent (who dated Eve when she was underage herself) expects him to fake a romance—or have an actual one—with Elana for publicity. As Eve follows her artistic dreams, Alex stumbles through a modeling career he doesn't love while trying to pursue a clandestine relationship with Eve. Cross (the Tempest series) and Perini (a model making his debut as an author) zip between the perspectives of Eve and Alex in fast-paced, play-by-play scenes, with multiple conflicts that threaten to derail their romance. Eve and Alex's integrity in the face of ethical dilemmas, combined with the book's commentary on the exploitation of young models, adds dimension to this love story. Ages 14–up. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency. (May)