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Violet by Design Paperback – March 4, 2008

4.3 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Violet Series

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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: #1,424,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Violet thought she was off the runway for good. But then her agent, Angela, called her and gave her an offer she couldn't refuse: a trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she would star in Brazil's Fashion Week. Her life as an international runway star leads her to have to choose between her best friend or her job, but it also leads her to find her true love.

I fell in love with Violet on the Runway and couldn't wait to read Violet by Design. I definetly was not disappointed with the continuation of the Violet series.

Violet deals with even more serious issues than she did in the first book. She tries to support a healthy body image for girls all over - something I know models don't do now - and she seems to lose herself in the process. She doesn't know who she can trust, and she finds herself doing things that maybe she shouldn't - like trying crash diets and starving herself to lose five pounds for a fashion show.

Violet by Design continues the Violet series, and you will not be disappointed by it. I highly recommend this series - Melissa Walker is an amazing writer. Violet by Design ends with a cliffhanger like Violet on the Runway did, so I'm glad I have an ARC of Violet in Private - the last and final installment of the series - here to read!
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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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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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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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