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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: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Once again I couldn't put the book down and was riveted by the story.
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I especially liked the growing attraction between her and Roger, even with the unexpected complications as she realizes he's had feelings for her for so long.
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It's nice to see that such a perfectly portrayed world, has it's flaws.
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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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Meanley on March 16, 2008
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mint910 VINE VOICE on August 12, 2008
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Violet By Design is the second in this series. I'm going to try and keep it vague for people that haven't read the first book, Violet On the Runway.

Violet had quit modeling but couldn't resist a trip overseas. She did get into modeling for the travel! So Violet is off on another modeling adventure while her best friends Roger and Julie are off to college. While Violet is in Brazil she meets the young designer, Paulo. She eventually becomes the face of his campaign. They start a romance... that's all I will say on that. Violet's modeling friends, Sam and Veronica are back this time (and Veronica is less evil-yay). I'm not going to say anymore, no spoilers here. I'll just say I'm glad we get to see more of Violet's modeling friends getting along and especially her friend Roger! ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Story Siren VINE VOICE on July 27, 2008
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Violet thought she was going to leave the modeling world behind, but when she gets a chance to model in Brazil- how can she say no? Her one modeling gig lands her as the face for the new and upcoming designer Paulo, did I mention he is hot! But things in Brazil don't exactly work out as Violet planned and she jets home spending her days eating ice cream and vegging on the couch.

That of course lands Violet in some trouble when she shows up in Spain five pounds heavier. Violet, however, has her own thoughts about models and their weight. And when those thoughts become public it just might ruin her modeling career. Can Violet survive the pressure to be thin and stay true to herself, and for once figure out exactly what it is that she wants before it's too late?

I loved Melissa Walker's debut novel Violet on the Runway and the sequel is just as good or even better. I loved the fact that Walker chooses to shed light on body image and what healthy should be. It's nice to see that such a perfectly portrayed world, has it's flaws. Violet continues to grow and to find herself. I loved seeing most of the characters returning for the second book and I can't wait to read more about them in Violet In Private. They are all intriguing in their own way and very relatable. I was so engrossed in the story I read the book in one setting! Oh, Roger. I must know what happens next!
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