Violet on the Runway

 
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Violet on the Runway is the story of a completely ordinary girls rise to stardom in the modeling world. For any girl who has ever dreamed of walking on the catwalk in New York Fashion Week, Melissa Walker delivers a must-read story that gives readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the allure and secrets of modeling. As a former editor for magazines such as ElleGirl and Seventeen, Walker has plenty of experience working with models, which gives her story much-needed credibility. With so many model stereotypes and celebrity rumors, Violet on the Runway serves as a very believable story of what to expect when you're suddenly thrust in the spotlight.

Before meeting Angela and her oversize Chanel sunglasses, Violet had never considered modeling. Shes tall and skinny, but in an awkward way, and shes never thought of herself as beautiful. But Angela insists on flying Violet and her mother out to New York City and giving Violet a modeling contract with Tryst. Angela gushes over Violets fresh, innocent look, and pampers her with designer clothing and luxurious spa treatments. With agents, photographers, and designers all believing that Violet is the next big thing in the fashion world, Violet begins to believe in herself too. Maybe a country bumpkin from North Carolina really can conquer the fashion world!

Its a hard decision, but Violet decides to forgo her last semester of high school to live in New York City with the other Tryst models and jumpstart her career. Why spend any more time being a wallflower at school when she can be rocking the runway and appearing on magazine covers in NYC?

Violet is now living with Veronica Trask, the it girl of the fashion world and headline model at Tryst. Veronica, and some of the other models are stereotypically catty, doing anything to get themselves ahead. Sometimes Violet finds herself missing her friends at home, since she doesnt seem to have any real friends here. The models she lives with have all of the designer clothes they can dream of, and attend all the hippest parties at the most exclusive clubs in New York. But when Violet looks into their eyes, she sees a lingering sadness, even when theyre laughing and having a drink at a VIP table in Bungalow 8. Violet is determined to not become like them. She absolutely will not develop a drug habit or an eating disorder.

Even as she does her best to stay healthy and grounded, Violet is in over her head. The publicity, the gossip, the playboys, the backstabbing. Violet is getting so involved in this superficial world that its hard for her to step away and breathe. In the end, Violet must decide if the high profile modeling life is really for her. Is the glitz and glamour of modeling worth all of the stress and pressure that comes with it?

Walkers story of a dream come true puts a healthy dose of reality into catwalk fantasies. She is candid and honest in her portrayal of models and of the expectations that come with modeling. Violet on the Runway is a must read for any preteen or teenage girl who has ever considered a modeling career. For anyone who has modeling aspirations, Violet on the Runway is an alluring look at the side of modeling you never knew existed. And for anyone who wonders what really goes on behind those celebrity snapshots in gossip columns, this book is for you too!
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Reader reviewed by Megan

This book is fabulous. I loved the character of Violet. I love how she thinks and how she is scared to model and how she was all of aq sudden found by the agent while working at the movie theatre and has to strut her stuff there at the movie theatre.And i love how she is self conscience around everyone and is kinda scared when she gets her haircut and gets a new fasion makeover and is amazed at the free thing. I also loved her runway expeience and how she is so nervous  her first runway trip and smiles and gets all this attention.
 I loved Melissa Walker's writing style and the orignality of the book. This is a defintete book read in my mind. So read this great fun addicting book.
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model dreams
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Reader reviewed by c-alexis

I absolutely loved this book. It's the perfect book that lets all girls know that it's okay to not be that special, because eventually things can work out for you. It shows that the popularity contests and such in high school eventually end, and you can learn to stand up for yourself and just not let others get you down. it deals with the dream of modeling, the not-so-glamorous side of it, and other important issues, such as eating disorders and drug addictions. But with an ordinary, but morally-correct, girl like Violet as the heroine, she faces up to each challenge. A must read for anyone.

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Modeling and some after that.
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Reader reviewed by Rima

After reading the first one, I really want to read the next two. However, they arent at my library. *frowny face* But the first book is really good. I liked the characters. Veronica was a little confusing to me since she seems a little bipolar to me or something like that. I really liked the twist to this novel because Violet kinda gets what she wants and then some that may not be good or is good. Youll have to read the book to find out.
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AMAZING BOOK!!
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Reader reviewed by Ali

Violet on the Runway is the story of a completely ordinary girls rise to stardom in the modeling world. For any girl who has ever dreamed of walking on the catwalk in New York Fashion Week, Melissa Walker delivers a must-read story that gives readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the allure and secrets of modeling. As a former editor for magazines such as ElleGirl and Seventeen, Walker has plenty of experience working with models, which gives her story much-needed credibility. With so many model stereotypes and celebrity rumors, Violet on the Runway serves as a very believable story of what to expect when you're suddenly thrust in the spotlight.

Before meeting Angela and her oversize Chanel sunglasses, Violet had never considered modeling. Shes tall and skinny, but in an awkward way, and shes never thought of herself as beautiful. But Angela insists on flying Violet and her mother out to New York City and giving Violet a modeling contract with Tryst. Angela gushes over Violets fresh, innocent look, and pampers her with designer clothing and luxurious spa treatments. With agents, photographers, and designers all believing that Violet is the next big thing in the fashion world, Violet begins to believe in herself too. Maybe a country bumpkin from North Carolina really can conquer the fashion world!

Its a hard decision, but Violet decides to forgo her last semester of high school to live in New York City with the other Tryst models and jumpstart her career. Why spend any more time being a wallflower at school when she can be rocking the runway and appearing on magazine covers in NYC?

Violet is now living with Veronica Trask, the it girl of the fashion world and headline model at Tryst. Veronica, and some of the other models are stereotypically catty, doing anything to get themselves ahead. Sometimes Violet finds herself missing her friends at home, since she doesnt seem to have any real friends here. The models she lives with have all of the designer clothes they can dream of, and attend all the hippest parties at the most exclusive clubs in New York. But when Violet looks into their eyes, she sees a lingering sadness, even when theyre laughing and having a drink at a VIP table in Bungalow 8. Violet is determined to not become like them. She absolutely will not develop a drug habit or an eating disorder.

Even as she does her best to stay healthy and grounded, Violet is in over her head. The publicity, the gossip, the playboys, the backstabbing. Violet is getting so involved in this superficial world that its hard for her to step away and breathe. In the end, Violet must decide if the high profile modeling life is really for her. Is the glitz and glamour of modeling worth all of the stress and pressure that comes with it?

Walkers story of a dream come true puts a healthy dose of reality into catwalk fantasies. She is candid and honest in her portrayal of models and of the expectations that come with modeling. Violet on the Runway is a must read for any preteen or teenage girl who has ever considered a modeling career. For anyone who has modeling aspirations, Violet on the Runway is an alluring look at the side of modeling you never knew existed. And for anyone who wonders what really goes on behind those celebrity snapshots in gossip columns, this book is for you too!
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Light and Addictive
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Reader reviewed by Vanessa

Summary: Violet Greenfield has been known as the Jolly Green Giant since grade school, standing at 6'1" and being only 17. For that reason, she doesn't like to attract attention (which is really hard to do at that height) although she's always craved popularity. Nobody really knows who she is except for her two best friends Julie and Roger, who are really important to her. However, one day while working at the movie theatre, her life changes. She has been given the opportunity to become a model on the runway. And guess what? She's decided on going. Now she has an agent, Angela Blythe, and she walks for Tryst Models. Violet is put on a plane for the capital of the world in New York City for Fashion Week, she goes to go-sees, and she poses in photo-shoots. All the while, she's barely returning her parent's and friends calls. Violet comes to find that modeling is not as glamorous as everyone makes it out to be. She is talked about in photo-shoots as though she's deaf ("what's wrong with her arms, they're doughy?", the boy she finds doesn't really care about her, and her roommate Veronica Trask is the roommate from hell. The modeling world is nothing like she expected it to be.
My Thoughts (may contain spoilers): This book was cute, light, and entertaining. I am not much for a novel about the cool things models partake in but this book was completely the opposite. Melissa Walker's way of writing Violet is great because Violet sounds like a down-to-earth girl-next-door. The story flowed very well, it didn't drag one bit. I loved all the adventures Violet got involved in. It was realistic when she started drinking but I'm glad she stayed away from drugs. I did not like Peter and got annoyed with Angela often, but I guess that's how their characters are meant to be. I think Veronica and Violet's relationship was kind of rocky. The only complain I have about the book is the ending... the prom bit was just a bit too corny for my taste. All in all, I will pick up the next copy of the Violet series, Violet by Design.

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What happens when youre handed your dream?
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Reader reviewed by The Book Girl

Violet has spent her life trying to avoid attention because of her incredible height. But inside she's secretly craving to be like the girls who thrive in the spotlight, who are pretty enough, confident enough for that. So when a representative from Tryst Models wants her to come to New York City, Violet can't help but be swept up in the new scene. After all, her dream is practically being handed to her. Shouldn't she take the opportunity no matter the cost? Even if it means leaving old Violet behind along with her two best friends?



This book was a really good read. It follows the story of a girl who's self assurance isn't really all that good, but who wishes it could be. Throughout the book you watch as she grows in confindence and in stength as she struggles to survive the competitive life of a model. The book deals with all of the problems that kind of pressure can put on you, such as drugs and eating disorders and how much that type of environment can change you. I loved how Violet kept from completely losing herself in the scene even though the pressure was to do just that. Although she caved a little I think she left knowing herself better than she had before. I really enjoyed this book and I think other people will too. Great job Melissa!
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Amazing debut for Melissa Walker
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Reader reviewed by Bookluver-Carol


A wallflower in the spotlight can do one of two things: wilt, or blossom...

Violet Greenfield's life changes forever when a lady in giant Chanel shades tells her she could be IT, the next Kate Moss-but taller, and without the PR problems. That's how Violet winds up with a business card in the front pocket of her jeans on her first day as a senior in high school. Angela Blythe from Tryst Models in New York City wants to put Violet on a plane and whisk her into the world of high-heeled boots and oversized sunglasses. Tall, skinny Violet, who's been P-L-A-I-N practically forever.

And guess what? She's going.

I loved this book. I think almost every girl dreams of becoming famous or getting noticed. This book allows you to do just that. You feel yourself becoming Violet and you get to "become" her. Violet is someone you can relate to. You find yourself cheering her on and liking her. Her character felt real.You find yourself caring about what's going to happen next.The plot was great and the book was very well-written. I can't wait to read the sequel Violet by Design.
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A fashion forward adventure for any girl.
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Reader reviewed by Tasha

Violet likes to think of herself as a wallflower. She's a senior who's never had a boyfriend and has a grand total of two friends. She just feels plain and ordinary. Nothing about her stands out, except for the fact that she is freakishly tall. So when a representitive from Tryst modeling agency asks her to fly up to New York for a consultation, she agrees. Little does she know that this decision will change her in so many ways. Violet's first trip to New York is a hit, in fact she booked for four shows during Fashion Week! She is overjoyed and is finally seeing herself as just a little bit out-of-the-ordinary. Fashion Week is a hit. Violet can't contain herself and when she walks down the runway she flashes a huge smile, which soon becomes her trademark. She does such a great job that she pushes her nemesis, Veronica, out of the prized closing slot of the show. As Fashion Week draws to an end, Violet rises to stardom. She's finally found a friend, and maybe even a boyfriend. Once Fashion Week finishes she relunctantly comes home to good, old Chapel Hill High School where she is profusely greeted, not just by her 2 best friends, but by the ever so popular BK (bees knees) girls. Violet is loving all the attention, but she let's what's really important slide. Thinking her modeling career has slowed down, Violet is shocked to hear that she is still hot in New York, and Tryst wants her to come live up in New York. After much persuasion her parents agree and Violet graduates high school early and packs her bags for the Big Apple. Busy schedules and sharing a one-bedroom apartment with four other girls, including Veronica, excites Violet at first, but will the spark soon die off.



This was an exceptionally good book. Violet is one of the most down-to-earth characters I've met. Yes, being a model can sometimes make her full of herself, but she seems like such a friendly and honest person. This story makes me realize that we all have our doubts. Whether it be if were good enough, pretty enough, or smart enough. I think Melissa Walker does a great job sharing the message that we all have our talents, and faults. Also that it is important for us to be nice to everyone, because we don't know their circumstances. I also loved all the fashion in the book. I myself am not a fashion-junkie, but I think it's fun to learn something new about pop culture. All the fashion lingo was fun to read and also I was allowed a sneak peak into the world of modelling. This a great book for any teen girl, especially one who has ever thought she was not good enough, but turns out to be superior!
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Reader reviewed by The Story Siren

Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker

Violet is your everyday teenager. She is insecure with her body and unsure of the person she is. But all that changes when she is "discovered" working at the local movie theater. Angela her modeling agent is sure Violet is the next big thing!

Modeling comes easily for Violet, she simply cant help being herself, and the designers love it. The other models however dont particularly like being shown up by a newbie. When Violet takes the big step and moves to New York, she finds out modeling is more that walking around with pretty clothes. Violet tries to resist being swallowed whole by this new world, but in response she has turned into someone else. Will the new Violet win out, or will the old shine through?

When I started reading Violet on the Runway, I was hesitant. I didnt want another one of those books where the girl goes from zero to IT and all her dreams come true. I was for certain I had the storyline pegged, and I wasnt thrilled. Luckily for me I kept reading, because I didnt have this story pegged after all! Sure Violet gets the modeling gig, but it isnt a walk in the park. I know how she felt in the beginning, when she had to have people like her, because I was the same way. I was so happy to see her grow! She did make me mad when she ditched her true friends, but she made it up to them in the end. I actually enjoyed reading this book and I am totally looking forward to reading Violet by Design. I just hope I see some more Violet and Roger action! I cant believe you (yes you Melissa Walker!) kept that hanging! You are killing me
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Reader reviewed by the book muncher

Violet thinks shes been plain and practically good at nothing for&forever. Shes always tried to fit in, but when you are taller than everyone by a good margin, thats kind of hard to do. So when shes approached by a representative from Tryst models, who offers to whish her off the fashion world in New York, she accepts. Because this might be her chance to shine.

Trough the course of the novel, Violet learns a lot about herself, her friends, and the competitive nature of her fellow model and roommate Veronica. She gets lost in all the glamour from time to time, and grows accustomed to the wonderful world that is New York City. When she becomes a successful model, she starts to realize that she doesnt have anyone to turn to but herself. Her parents are in another state, her real friends back home are mad at her, her fake friends back home are boring her, and she doesnt have any real friends in NYC. And when she finally takes a look at herself, she realizes that she doesnt like what she sees.

Violet on the Runway was one of my favorite books to read for several reasons. First of all, reading about the fashion world was very fun. Though the lingo was sometimes hard for me to understand because I am not a fashion junkie, it made the book more realistic. What I really like though, was how the story went deeper than just the competitiveness of models and fashion. I also loved the characters, especially Violet, whose name inspired many alliterating nicknames. The ending leaves plenty of room for more books in the series, and I cannot wait until Violet by Design and Violet in Private are released.

I recommend this book for fans of Poseur, because they are both about the fashion world. Even if you are not a fashion lover, you can still get into this book, because it was amazing.
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