An Open Letter To Modelland
by Amy Lindorff
I am assuming you are a place. I don’t really know because I couldn’t even get through the excerpt that was available on the Barnes and Noble website. Why? Here is a list of reasons:
- The characters’ names are ridiculous and I cannot focus on anything other than the mental image of Tyra drawing letters out of a hat and scrambling them into these names: “Tookie” “Myrracle” “Mrs. De La Crème” “Theophilus” “Zarpessa Zarionneaux” “Mayor Rump” and “Desperada”
- The phrase “smile for the cams!” appears.
- “Tookie dutifully climbed onto the shiny bumper.” This is how a fourth grader writes.
I know you only exist because Tyra wrote you, but it is still amazing to me that you were published at all. You just don’t make any sense to me.