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Andi Hacket isn’t ashamed of how she looks. Her husband, however, is. He pressures her into surgically “fixing” her aging body. It has a tragic consequence. After the two get divorced, Andi celebrates other women’s supposed flaws with her photography. A college career results.
As a fifty-year-old graduate student, Andi (now using her maiden name, Everson) is out of touch with her younger classmates on a regular basis. When Michelle Impasto, an especially brash performance artist, challenges her use of older models, Andi mistakes it for a joke. She insists that whatever people think is ugly is only unfamiliar. Their disagreement develops into a wager. If Andi bares her own physique, it will prove how badly everyone reacts. Five minutes will earn her a hundred dollars. Andi scoffs at the brief duration of the dare. Michelle (or Mitch as everyone calls her) escalates the terms until Andi has bet a hundred thousand dollars that she can stay naked all summer long.
Andi’s ordeal is recorded in the drawings and notes of the artist, Caleb Mackay. He takes her to stay at his cabin. She finds a new life in the neighboring town. The details of it are told by the writer friend upon whom they bestow Caleb’s sketchbook in the end.
Because of a wager, Andi Everson has agreed to be naked all summer long. How she lives her life without any clothes on is recorded in “The Sketchbook”, a novel with twenty-four drawings. Will Andi lose her nerve or prove how the sight of a body is harmless after all?