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Violet on the Runway Paperback – September 4, 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Violet Series

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Editorial Reviews


“A story for any girl who ever wondered what it would be like to have her wildest dream come true.” —New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen

“On the runway or off, Violet shines.” —Ally Carter, bestselling author of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You

“Violet is wonderfully witty and sweetly sensitive. She’s not your typical top model: she’s more like your best friend—only prettier.” —Kirsten Kemp, author of Breakfast at Bloomingdale’s

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 1)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425217043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425217047
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,255,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer Robinson on September 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
Violet has always been a bit of a wallflower. She's freakishly tall and thin (six one as a high school senior, wearing size two jeans, extra long), which makes it hard not to be noticed sometimes. She not popular, though she has two best friends, Julie and Roger. A secret part of her does crave popularity. She sometimes wishes that she could be part of the trio of popular girls at Chapel Hill High, called the BK (for Bee's Knees). Even though she knows that the BK are inane and false, she craves their lives, their "glossy lips and breathy voices and fluttering eyelashes", and their boyfriends.

Then one day a high-powered modeling agent, Angela Blythe, spots Violet, and thinks that Violet could be "IT ... the next Kate Moss--but you know, taller and without the cocaine problem". Angela whisks Violet away to New York for a makeover and auditions. And before you can say "early graduation", Violet is an up and coming fashion model.

Of course life as a fashion model turns out not to be quite so glamorous as Violet expects. She incurs sabotage from jealous rivals, and becomes the target of tabloid news stories. She's exposed to alcohol and drugs, and finds people anxious to use her celebrity for their own gain. Even the BK befriend her, in the hopes of obtaining their own modeling contracts.

Things get a bit dicey for Violet for a while. This book is probably not appropriate for younger teens - it's definitely a high school book, and a window into the New York City celebrity party scene, drugs and all. But Violet maintains her own moral center, and learns to find her way out of trouble.

There's something universal about makeover fantasies.
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Violet has always felt like a bit of a freak - too tall, too thin, and too plain to fit in with the queen bees at her high school. But when an agent discovers Violet at her part-time job, she is whisked into the world of New York fashion week, and facing a whole new life. Leaving behind her best friends for her model apartment in Manhattan, Violet has a lot of choices to make. Should she talk to someone about her room mate's drug problem? And should she be drinking and clubbing with the older crowd? And what about the cute boy socialite who seems to have eyes for her? Worst of all, will she leave her BFFs behind for the popularity that fame has given her? Walker's novel is a refreshing look at the modeling world, providing all the scandal girls want to read about through the eyes of a character they can relate to. Violet on the Runway is witty, exciting, and perfect for young fashion aficionados.
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When you're a seventeen-year-old high school student who is both freakishly tall and forced to wear glasses, there is no question that you will, at some point during your adolescence experience self-esteem and confidence issues. For Violet Greenwood, that time is now. Which is truly devastating as high school is supposed to be the time of your life. And while Violet has two awesome buddies in the form of Julie Roger, she can't help but long for a chance to be part of the Bees Knee's (BKs) a trio of girls who rule the school and make everyone's life miserable. But that's the way things go in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, until Violet meets "the lady in Chanel shades."

Angela Blythe is sassy, sophisticated, and a scout for Tryst Models. She's also interested in yanking Violet out of her go-nowhere job at the local movie theater, and casting her into the spotlight at New York City's Fashion Week. Violet, who has spent most of her formative years in Chapel Hill, the victim of bad fashion and buttery popcorn, can't help but think that this is a joke. But it's not, and she grabs the chance in a heartbeat, eager to make a name for herself. Soon she finds herself on a whirlwind ride of magazine covers, runway show closings, Page Six fodder, and even a few shocking moments from her supposed "best" friends. Violet never knew that leaving her cushy small-town life for the Big Apple would result in so much backstabbing. So much hatred. So much...pain. But each and every moment of it gives her the ability to grow and become a stronger person. And if getting to the top is what it takes to find out who your true friends are, then let the games begin.

Melissa Walker knows teenage girls.
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Violet Greenfield is ordinary in every way. There isn't anything about her that is above average (at least, that's the way she feels). The only thing that anyone ever notices about her is her freakish height - 6'1''. And she's only a high school senior - who knows what will happen after that inevitable growth spurt in college! Forget being part of the BKs, the popular crowd at her high school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Though Violet and her best friends, Roger and Julie, make fun of the BKs (Bee's Knees), Violet can't help but secretly wish that she was a part of them.

Violet sees her height as a curse, an undesirable. That is, until a modeling agent named Angela sees her working at the local movie theater. Angela convinces Violet to come to New York City to try out for Fashion Week. After convincing her parents that it's a golden opportunity, Violet (with her mother in tow) is on her way to the Big Apple to become a model.

And so Violet embarks on a whirlwind journey through the world of modeling that changes her life forever. As she appears on magazine covers and learns the evils of being in the spotlight, she must endure backstabbing "friends" and decide how much being popular really means to her. In the end, Violet must learn what friendship really is and what it means to be a strong person.

Violet on the Runway is really a gem of a book. It doesn't glorify the life of a model - instead, it shows the nature of that world in all its ugliness. Being a book directed to teens, of course it sugarcoats some areas, trying to establish that there is good everywhere, but overall, it is a healthy look at the difficulties of being a model. It is definitely a reality check for any teen dreaming of a modeling career.
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