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Violet by Design Paperback – March 4, 2008
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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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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!
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! ;)
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!
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. Melissa Walker creates a story that acknowledges all the realistic aspects of a world that seems flawless and characters that are intriguing and easy to relate to. A wonderful read, VIOLET BY DESIGN does not disappoint.
Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
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