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Glamour (On the Runway) Paperback – February 26, 2011

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Book 5 of 6 in the On the Runway Series

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The fifth volume in the On the Runway Series continues the saga of Erin and Paige Forrester, two teenagers who have scored their own TV show focused on the dynamic and fast-paced world of fashion. While older sister Paige thrives in the spotlight and exudes confidence, the younger Erin struggles sometimes to reconcile her worldly life with her strong Christian faith. Many of Erin’s roles---her role in the show as well as in her relationships with her friends, family and coworkers---become a little more defined in this volume. Talk of clothes, accessories and fashion-world intrigue abounds, but it is overshadowed by more personal dramas, including a coworker’s battle with cancer and a clash of morals between Erin and Paige, brought on by Paige’s decision to allow her fiancé to sleep over at their apartment despite Erin’s protests. Carlson’s plot intimates that while Erin’s strident opposition to premarital sex might not be popular, it is certainly prudent, since negative consequences befall Erin’s sexually active best friend as well as her sister Paige. Though Erin may know how she feels about sex, there are definitely some moral gray areas having to do with honesty, loyalty and emotional intimacy that she contends with here. Good, clean, didactic fun for readers who like their LA Candy with a strong Christian flavor. -- The fifth volume in the On the Runway Series continues the saga of Erin and Paige Forrester, two teenagers who have scored their own TV show focused on the dynamic and fast-paced world of fashion. While older sister Paige thrives in the spotlight and exudes confidence, the younger Erin struggles sometimes to reconcile her worldly life with her strong Christian faith. Many of Erin’s roles---her role in the show as well as in her relationships with her friends, family and coworkers---become a little more defined in this volume. Talk of clothes, accessories and fashion-world intrigue abounds, but it is overshadowed by more personal dramas, including a coworker’s battle with cancer and a clash of morals between Erin and Paige, brought on by Paige’s decision to allow her fiancé to sleep over at their apartment despite Erin’s protests. Carlson’s plot intimates that while Erin’s strident opposition to premarital sex might not be popular, it is certainly prudent, since negative consequences befall Erin’s sexually active best friend as well as her sister Paige. Though Erin may know how she feels about sex, there are definitely some moral gray areas having to do with honesty, loyalty and emotional intimacy that she contends with here. Good, clean, didactic fun for readers who like their LA Candy with a strong Christian flavor. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Sink or swim? Paige's engagement to designer Dylan Marceau shocks the fashion world. Although Paige appears to be happy, Erin wonders if it's true love or just a desire for attention and publicity. As Paige's love life takes off, Erin is feeling pressure from Blake to take their friendship to a romantic level. But is she ready? These two very different sisters still have one thing in common---their fashion TV show and all the drama that comes along with it. As they prepare for a trip to film in the Bahamas, the Forrester sisters discover that paradise isn't all it's cracked up to be. Can they do the right thing in tough situations---and the right thing for each another---in a business that often encourages the worst? --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: On the Runway (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310717906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310717904
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,331,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
ust like the other books in the On The Runway series, much more is taught about fashion than faith. The issues covered are looked at from a moral or logical negative consequences aspect, not spiritual. The big issue in this book is whether or not someone should have sex before marriage. Not once is the Bible considered as a reason for someone having those standards. Rather it is discussed in terms of culture - it's popular, everyone is doing it, therefore Erin's views on it must be wrong. Even Erin's mom gives in and while it is implied that Erin will continue to believe that sex should be saved for marriage, she really isn't shown as having any good reason. There are some discussions about faith and prayer in chapter 6. When Erin feels upset she prays and is reminded of God's faithfulness to her. Then in chapters 15 and 16, another character challenges Erin to look at others through God's eyes and reminds her of the power of prayer.
~ CTF Devourer

1 Corinthians 6:18 - Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.
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Format: Paperback
Written by Melody Carlson, author of more than 200 books, "Glamour" is the fifth "On the Runway" book. The series follows two very different sisters with one big thing in common: their TV show about fashion. Paige is older, charismatic and thrives in the spotlight, while Erin is more reserved, conservative and striving to live out her Christian faith.

This title begins shortly after Paige becomes engaged to designer Dylan Marceau and just before the girls' mom gets married. The sisters clash over issues of premarital sex, body image and the virtues of modesty. Beyond trying to accept her sister's life choices, Erin also needs to tip-toe around her best friends. Molly is a Christian, but pregnant, unwed, and not exactly the best confidant. Blake, also a Christian, clearly wants to progress his relationship with Erin beyond "just friends," but Erin's not so sure. While her views on premarital sex are crisply defined, Erin unwittingly waltzes a gray area of relationship boundaries with Blake.

In the midst of this, Erin becomes privy to serious and secret health issues with their producer, Fran. Because Fran has no family or close friends around, Erin takes it upon herself to care for her, which becomes an increasing burden.

Most of the book takes place in the Bahamas. The girls take the film crew there for a week-long fashion show. Erin struggles to find her place in this world of TV and fashion while seeking earnestly to live out what she believes to be true, in spite of the ridicule she receives. Her pursuit leads to new friends, stretching endeavors, and even a path toward eco-fashion, a line that may have a place, even for her.

WHAT I LIKE: This is a well-written easy read, perfect for lazy summer days.
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Great books, the girls have loved each and every one. Very nice, wholesome reading. While the focus is around a fashionable person, the main point of the book is not. It's a great addition for someone who wants a non-worldly book series for their daughters to read.
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Paige and Erin are back for the fifth installment of the On the Runway series and things are just as crazy as before. Paige's engagement to Dylan Marceau shocked the fashion world and Runway fans. Even though Paige seems to be happy, Erin can't but wonder if the engagement is true love or just a desire for attention and publicity. As Paige's love life takes off, Erin starts to feel pressure from Blake to become more than friends. But she doesn't know if she's ready.

Amidst all this, they still have their TV show and all the drama that comes with it. As they prepare for a trip to the Bahamas they realize that paradise isn't all its cracked up to be storms of different calibers and types. Will they be able to do the right thing in a business that encourages the worst? Or will they crack and put aside their virtue for fame?
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As I've mentioned before, Melody Carlson is by far one of my favorite, if not my favorite young adult author. She has a knack for expressing just how teens feel and act. This book is no different. She perfectly expresses how a Christian teen would feel in the spotlight trying to hold on to her values. It's amazing how accurate her books are.

Another thing this author is great at is making her characters realistic. She makes the characters' struggles understandable and believable. They make mistakes, they learn, the struggle. It makes her characters that much more likable. The character development isn't a massive part of the story, just because character development was pretty much already established in the first four books of the series.

Romance is still under construction in this book, Paige has a fiancé, their mom is married now, but Erin's relationship with Blake is still in question.
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By JennyB on September 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
This review is for the fifth book in the 'On The Runway' series, "Glamour" by Melody Carlson.

Melody is a bestselling author as advertised on the front of the book and I can easily see why she is by reading her novels. I love the way this series takes you somewhat inside the fashion world but also has several other stories going on in the same book. You have so many diverse personalities and things happening that you never get bored. I find that I read these books within a day of picking them up. I love that because I'm eager to find out what happens but hate it cause they are ending so quickly!

I like the way that Melody continues to address what could be delicate subject matter with a practical point of view. For instance, Paige has her fiance stay for the week in their apartment and Erin is less than thrilled and lets her sister know it. While her sister views it as okay since they are engaged, Erin has a different set of standards by which she lives her life.

We saw Paige get engaged to Dylan Marceau, the clothing designer in the last book and this one continues with that story. Their engagement has shocked the fashion world and Ben, Paige's previous boyfriend, didn't take it so great either. One has to wonder, however, if Paige and Dylan are in it for the right reasons.

Meanwhile Erin is struggling on where she stands with Blake. Could you have broken up when you aren't really together in the first place? And why is he so standoffish?

I am a fan of the fact that Erin has so much going on for her. She isn't just stuck in boy mode. She has work, helping a friend through something awful, a pregnant best friend etc...

There is a good balance when you put Erin with Paige.
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