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“A fun, fashion-filled, fast-paced read! Violet is a hero for all of us wallflowers.”
—Carolyn Mackler, author of Guyaholic --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Melissa Walker is a writer who has worked as ELLEgirl’s features editor and Seventeen Prom’s editor. All in the name of journalism, she once spent twenty-four hours surrounded by male models and even attended an elite finishing school for girls in New Zealand—among other hardships.

She recently fulfilled a lifelong dream when she appeared as a talking-head “expert” on VH1’s The Fabulous Life of: Celebrity Kids.

Melissa lives in Brooklyn, New York, and has a BA in English from Vassar College. She would tell you her SAT scores, too, but, you know, the math part was hard.

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Product Details

  • Series: Violet (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425219402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425219409
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a writer and editor (my favorite staff jobs: ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor). All in the name of journalism, I have spent 24 hours with male models and attended an elite finishing school for girls in New Zealand, among other hardships.

My real-girl-meets-the-fashion-world series -- Violet on the Runway, Violet by Design and Violet in Private -- is out now.

Lovestruck Summer -- a teen romance set in Austin, TX -- is out now.

Small Town Sinners -- the story of a girl growing up in an evangelical town who wants to star in her church's Hell House -- is out now.

Unbreak My Heart -- a dual love story about the year that broke Clementine's heart and the summer that healed it -- is out in now.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on April 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Violet has had the time of her life in New York. After being spotted by her now agent Angela Blythe at the Palace Theaters, and then being swept away to NYC (and with a little hesitation from her parents), Violet was able to experience all that goes on in the modeling world. From the runway shows to the crazy designers to having a backstabbing roommate with an eating disorder to her fake, jerk of an ex-boyfriend.

She survived it all and now Violet is back in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, trying to spend as much time away from New York as she can while leaning more towards her friends and family.

Being in the fashion industry is beginning to take a toll on Violet. Sure, she is able to travel to Brazil and even France on short notice, wear all of the designer clothing that's too expensive to even look at, and have all the boys fall for her (even if it's for all the wrong reasons). But Violet just can't see herself as a true model. Her insecurities, including those about her weight, are always present.

The longer she's away the more troubles and problems Violet starts to have, especially when she tries to speak out on some important issues, which doesn't necessarily bode well with her agency. One of the designers in Brazil is showing some interest in Violet, but, for some reason, her heart goes out to her dorky best friend, Roger. Will Violet's escapades in international modeling be the deciding factor in whether she should stay in the modeling world? Or will the limelight shine bright over what she truly wants?

VIOLET BY DESIGN is a strong follow-up to the first novel in the series, Violet on the Runway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Meanley on March 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
Ah, the life of a jet-setting international model. If you've never thought about modeling or even considered traveling...this book will fire you up! It is such a blast following Violet, and she is such a cool girl who stands up for positive body image and using your brain. Also in this book, Violet gets into more trouble, and gets more attention from the guys...it's a fun-filled, glamorous life--can I be Violet?--and I'm impatient for the third book in this series!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifere A. Borjeson on April 27, 2008
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I was thrilled with Melissa Walker's new book, I sat down and read the whole thing at once. Melissa has a way of getting to your emotions, and then making you crack up laughing just when you're about to cry. I guess you know you're "into" a book when you find yourself yelling at the characters in your head - as in, "Violet, if you and Roger don't end up together by the end of this book, I am going to scream!" I cannot wait for the next book in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By And Another Book Read on August 1, 2009
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At the end of Violet on the Runway, Violet swears that she's quit the modeling industry. That is until she is offered the opportunity to walk the runway in Brazil. Violet has always wanted to travel and she sees this as her ticket. Deferring college for a semester Violet heads to Brazil while her best friends, Julie and Roger, head of to their respective colleges. While in Brazil Violet meets up with Veronica, and realizes that Veronica is one of the best friends that she has in the industry. When Violet's not catching up with Veronica, she's putting on a spectacular show and designers are all wanting her to walk for them. Then there's Paulo... An up-and-coming designer who is extremely hot, and whom Violet can't help but fall helplessly in love with. She almost feels that she could go all the way with Paulo, that is until she finds him in bed with another woman. Mortified she hops back on a plane to the States and wallows for two weeks, feasting on ice cream and cheeseburgers. Her brother finally convinces her to get her act together and she does. She flies up to New York and hangs out with Roger and his highly annoying girlfriend Chloe. After her outing Violet knows she's ready to go back into the modeling world, and calls up her agent, Angela. When she sees Angela, she wishes she had never called. Angela immediately starts picking Violet apart for putting on 5 pounds. Violet's ashamed of herself, but continues trying to get rid of that blasted ice cream weight. Her dream of traveling comes true again when she is whisked off to Spain. Here she is still pestered about her weight, but when she speaks up she gets into a lot of trouble. Will Violet ever be satisfied with her body? Is her modeling career over?

Wow! This book was just as good as the first one. For me that rarely happens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harmony Book Reviews on September 27, 2008
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I was going to get out of the modeling business for good.

But now I'm having trouble sticking with my decision. After all, if it wasn't for modeling, I might still be the invisible wallflower. Hot guys like Paulo wouldn't be interested in me. And I'd never have seen Brazil or Spain-and now France! On the other hand...

I also wouldn't have to choose between my best friend from home and my agent's shrill demands. Or anguish over my body the way only runway models do. Not to mention all this trouble I'm getting into for speaking out in the press about eating disorders.

Maybe the life of an international model isn't for me. But if I quit for good, I might always wonder...What if?

(Summary from Amazon)

I loved the first book in the series, Violet on the Runway, and this second addition to the series will not let you down. The characters, Violet especially, were just as down-to-earth as they were in the previous book and I could still relate to them, even though they've all changed a bit. The flawless prose keeps you intrigued in the story and you'll probably have a hard time putting it down.

My favorite thing about these books continues to be the raw honesty that Walker uses when describing the events happening behind the curtain of the modeling industry. Many people seem to be under the impression the models live the perfect life but that's not true at all. Melissa Walker only brings truth to that.

If you haven't read the first book in the series, I suggest picking it up, along with this sequel. You won't be disappointed!
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