Violet by Design

 
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the ugly and real side of modelling
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Reader reviewed by c-alexis

It was a great follow-up to Violet on the Runway. I loved how it still dealt with Violet's modeling decisions but with new issues. Melissa Walker has written a heroine who is not with flaws but she's beautiful and brave and courageous with those flaws of hers. Violet speaks out against eating disorders and the demands of the modeling world. The controversies of this world is shown in this book and unfortunately, Violet is sucked into it and eventually sold out. It was disappointing when she made decisions that hurt herself and her friends, but in the end, she pulls through to be the role model she always was. I just feel sorry for her bad luck with guys. Perhaps she'll get a happier ending in the next book.

Reprinted here with author's permission.
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Another Great Violet book!
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Reader reviewed by Bookluver-Carol

I was going to get out of the modeling business for good.

But now I'm having trouble sticking with my decision. After all, if it wasn't for modeling, I might still be the invisible wallflower. Hot guys like Paulo wouldn't be interested in me. And I'd never have seen Brazil or Spain-and now France! On the other hand...

I also wouldn't have to choose between my best friend from home and my agent's shrill demands. Or anguish over my body the way only runway models do. Not to mention all this trouble I'm getting into for speaking out in the press about eating disorders.

Maybe the life of an international model isn't for me. But if I quit for good, I might always wonder...What if?

What an amazing follow-up to Violet on the Runway. The second book was just as amazing as the first one.The second book didn't disappoint. It tackles the issues of weight and some body issues you might have with your body.Violet was still a down to earth character who stays true to her beliefs.It was funny, realistic, and showed some real aspects of the modeling world that are kept hidden.The ending left me wanting more. I can't wait for Violet in Private! Melissa Walker is a great author.
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Another great book by Melissa Walker
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Reader reviewed by Bookluver-Carol

I was going to get out of the modeling business for good.

But now I'm having trouble sticking with my decision. After all, if it wasn't for modeling, I might still be the invisible wallflower. Hot guys like Paulo wouldn't be interested in me. And I'd never have seen Brazil or Spain-and now France! On the other hand...

I also wouldn't have to choose between my best friend from home and my agent's shrill demands. Or anguish over my body the way only runway models do. Not to mention all this trouble I'm getting into for speaking out in the press about eating disorders.

Maybe the life of an international model isn't for me. But if I quit for good, I might always wonder...What if?

What an amazing follow-up to Violet on the Runway. The second book was just as amazing as the first one.The second book didn't disappoint. It tackles the issues of weight and some body issues you might have with your body.Violet was still a down to earth character who stays true to her beliefs.It was funny, realistic, and showed some real aspects of the modeling world that are kept hidden.The ending left me wanting more. I can't wait for Violet in Private! Melissa Walker is a great author.
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Fashiony Fun
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Reader reviewed by Chelsea, 2008 Teen Demi-Goddess

The opportunity to travel pushes Violet back into the modeling business, even though she swore to herself she was through. After heading to Brazil to walk the runway, Violet realizes that she actually missed modeling. She missed the thrill of being pampered -- the thrill of being somebody important. Modeling definitely has its perks, and when she meets young fashion designer Paulo, she couldn't be happier with her decision to come to Brazil.

Until, that is, things fall through with Paulo and Violet's back at home, on the couch, drowning her sorrows in ice cream for two straight weeks. Once done with her wallowing, Violet holds her chin up and returns, again, to the modeling world. Only this time, she's five pounds heavier. And in the modeling biz, that's not good. Stick-thin Violet, for the first time, has to deal with being called fat and scrutinized every day. All for a measly five pounds.

This sequel to Violet on the Runway is something many teens can relate to. Violet's constant struggle with herself is an issue relevant to many teenagers, myself included. Achieving complete self-confidence is hard, especially with the constant pressure to look like those on TV thin and beautiful. Violet not only shows what beautiful truly means, she's also a great, realistic role model. While she is pressured into some un-admirable things, she also learns to overcome them and ultimately pulls through and stays true to herself.
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Fashion World, Here She Comes!
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Reader reviewed by the book muncher

Violet Greenfield thought she was going to leave the modeling world behind, but when shes offered the chance to go to Brazil to model of course she jumps the chance. And with that decision, her international modeling career is launched, and she travels from São Paulo for Brazils fashion week, to Madrid and Paris. She gains more and more prestige as she books more shows, but with a relationship gone bad, she starts to put on weight. Angela, her agent, as well as several designers Violets walking for, pressure her into shedding five pounds. Violets insecurities over her body as well as friendship troubles result from her precarious balance between the fashion world and her life at home. Violet doesnt know what she wants anymore.

Once again, Melissa Walker has written an amazing novel. I loved her debut novel, Violet on the Runway, and its sequel was just as good. Violet could represent any teenage girl if you take away the supermodel aspect, because many teens struggle over their body image. Melissa Walker also lets us peek into the hectic lives of the elite fashion models, which is pretty exciting and addicting. As Violets friend Roger said, most readers will fall in love with Violet, as I did. She truly believes in doing the right thing, evidenced by the time she spends anguishing over the modeling industry versus a normal life. And its because Violet acts with such conviction (when making the correct choices) that the reader is left with the sense that things will turn out well for her.

I most definitely recommend Violet by Design, as well as its prequel Violet on the Runway to all readers, whether fashion savvy or not. It is a fun and enjoyable read that will leave you thinking and sighing in happiness.

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Another great fashion forward adventure
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Reader reviewed by Tasha

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. Violet was as strong as ever in this book and I loved how she stood up for what she believed in. Throughout the story Violet is pressured into losing weight even though she's already skinny. This deals with the whole models are too skinny issue that real world models are facing today. I thought that Melissa Walker did a fantastic job getting the message across that we all need to be comfortable with our bodies and that being skinny definitely has it's negative side. Once again I couldn't put the book down and was riveted by the story. I stayed up until all hours of the night to finish it and it was so worth it! One thing that frustrated me during the whole book is Violet and Roger's relationship. I believe that they are destined to be together. Why, o, why does he have to be with that Chloe girl? Why Melissa Walker did you have to leave us hanging with their whole relationship? So many questions left unanswered. Hopefully they will all be answered in the third book in the series Violet in Private, which comes out in August. I absolutely can't wait:)
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