NY RESOLUTIONS – THE PLAN
Exercise 6 times a week
Have sex once a month min. (counts as exercise)
Delete Tim’s number
Move out of home TO LONDON (career??)
Make more friends
New Year’s Day is the ultimate cliché for Scarlett: hangover, check feeling weepy, check broken sense of self, check check check.
Jobless and stuck living at home with an academic mother who has no time for pep-talks, the one saving grace for Scarlett is that her friend, Billie, still works at the pub down the road. But even the pub is losing its appeal.
Desperate to do something, she moves to London with no plan, no money and nowhere to stay.
Unsurprisingly, she finds herself crashing on her ex-boyfriend’s sofa with all of her terrible life choices for company.
It’s after Scarlett starts interning at a modelling agency that she takes her first step to becoming something – but it’s also her first step to becoming something else. Each terrible decision she makes leads to another and her life begins to spiral.
But people are starting to know her; she’s starting to become someone. And surely it’s better to be someone – even if it’s someone you hate?
With a vein of dark humour at its core, The High Moments offers an astute, often stark look at the fashion industry and the issues you can face as a woman in your twenties – fans of Girls and Emma Jane Unsworth’s Animals will love this.
Sara-Ella Ozbek is a London-bred author of South African and Turkish descent.
After graduating from the University of Exeter with a BA in English Literature, she interned at Vogue magazine and subsequently fell into a job at a modelling agency.
After six exciting, if somewhat draining, years as an agent, she left to pursue a career in writing. She attended the New York Film Academy screenwriting programme then went to Los Angeles where she joined the hustle of the screenwriters.
Out of the frustration and misery came her first novel, The High Moments.
Aside from the novel, she has written non-fiction for titles including Because Magazine, Suitcase, Tatler, Drugstore Culture, Voyage D’Etudes and Soho House Notes.
Wryly funny, and full of the mistakes you make in your twenties, this reminded me of the girls I used to know, all now grown up and sensible thirty-somethings, but formerly disaster prone, panic driven and messy like Scarlett.
First jobs, falling in love with the wrong men (and women), spending entire paychecks on shoes (whoops, that one was me) and desperately trying to work out where they belong. I didn’t work in fashion but I definitely understood Scarlett.
I reckon anyone who’s ever been young and chaotic will find some empathy for Scarlett, desperate to move out of her judgmental mum’s house and the small Devon town they live in, to grow up and be Someone.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.