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Publisher's Summary

The Wig, the Bitch & the Meltdown is a satirical look behind the scenes of Model Muse, a fictional reality model competition show and global phenomenon. Seen through the eyes of our moral compass Pablo Michaels - the heart of production in the helter-skelter world of Model Muse - we see behind the scenes and backstage shenanigans of the fashion/reality TV world. 

As "The Fixer", Pablo is the man everyone turns to in crisis. Struggling to hold the fledgling production together, he juggles his duties to his "BFF", the ruthless and vulnerable antihero Keisha Kash, his supermodel boss, while trying to hold on to his own soul. 

When the show is renewed after its sensational first season, this satire takes up where The Devil Wears Prada left us, only now we're on the runway itself. Think Crazy Rich Asians meets Ladies Who Punch and a dish of Dulce de Leche.

©2020 Jay Manuel (P)2021 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Delicious!

If you are familiar with ANTM, Jay Manuel and all the others you'll recognize moments and characters however they are over the top satire. Very well read and written. Wonderful guilty pleasure.

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Jay is life

a larger than life statement starts pretty hilarious and gets very real. reminder of staying good in a bad bad world. love it

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Mean Girls, but it’s America’s Next Top Model

So Jay Manuel has taken the plot of Mean Girls and superimposed it on a fictional version of America’s Next Top Model. Take a somehow simultaneously fresh faced, starstruck and very connected silver-haired, adopted Pablo Michael (Jay) as our Cady Heron and the supremely narcissistic supermodel Keisha Kash (Tyra) as Regina George, and supplement with a barrage of the worst possible caricatures of the most famous faces from ANTM; Runway Coach Miss Thing (Miss J), British Photographer Mason Hughes (Nigel Barker), and Judge/“World’s First Supermodel” Sasha Berenson (Janice Dickinson).

Basically: boy meets supermodel, boy becomes supermodel’s minion. Boy realizes supermodel is evil. Boy tries to fight evil with evil and people start telling him he’s become evil. Tada! Mean Girls, but it’s ANTM. (But not actually ANTM because this is fiction and ANTM exists in this world, but that’s a whole other mess…)

The actor probably made this sound better then it would on it’s own, so there’s that at least. Just go watch Mean Girls, really. They wore it better.

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  • 05-11-22

um....

I really wanted to like it but the character voices were awful and distracting.

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This book is so good- I read it too fast!

I recommended this book to everyone! What a crazy book- it ended too quickly! I loved reading this. It was really interesting to hear how different people are in front of the camera verses behind the camera. Thank you Jay for sharing your story, please write another book!

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an awesome story for all audiences!

an awesome story for all audiences but especially juicy for Americas Next Top Model Fans. also a great story of self discovery and overcoming.

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Meretricious, saccharin, and not very funny. I think Mr. Jay should have set the story in the late 90’s or early 2000’s to make it more believable. Since this story exists in the same world as America’s Next Top Model it requires too much suspension of belief to make it worth listening to. Overall it’s just blah.

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i Know It

I enjoyed the book. I felt what Pablo was experiencing. I hope he will accept himself with all his flaws. K.K. is a damaged person. I hope she can overcome life's hurts and be a better person. Narrator wasn't good.

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The writing and story line was very amateur at best. I would not recommend this at all.

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Fan of Mr. Jay, not a fan of this book

I love Mr. Jay, and I feel bad as a fan to say that I didn’t quite enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. It has its funny moments, and a lot of comical references to real things that happened in the ANTM show, but the story didn’t really have any stand out plot lines. In addition, I felt like the narrator was a bit on the dull side and I think perhaps the book would have been better if it’d been read by Mr. Jay himself. Overall, it was so so.

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  • 01-29-21

ANTM meets cops?

any ANTM fan will enjoy this but the crazy subplot does sometimes go to far.

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  • 08-12-21

cool and fun

i enjoyed was fun to listen to i would again i just didn’t like the ending , it’s like a missed opportunity but it’s cool and fun