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Violet on the Runway

Violet on the Runway

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by Melissa Walker

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


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.

Look out for Violet by Design, coming in March 2008 from Berkley Jam.

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Violet Series
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“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

Meet 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a perfect beach read. It was somewhat quick, but maybe thats because i couldnt put it down! It had a good story that was interesting and had almost exiting, a girl becoming a supermodel. The only think for me was that some parts were kinda predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages
Laura Wilder More than 1 year ago
Loved this, book cant wait to read violet by desigghn
ILuVPAnDas More than 1 year ago
my daughter loved this book so much! we went on a road trip and under the first 2 hours she had finished more than half the book! :) it sounded great and she loved it!
ninapanda More than 1 year ago
This is a good series and i loved it. Violet gets spotted by an angent and is now in the spotlight and people notice her. From North Carloins into the fashion world is a big change and shes kinda missing her old life and dosnt know if she wants 2 continue the glist and glamor of this life. A great read i totaly recomend it!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book Review Outline Book title and author: Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker Title of review: Violet on the Runway Number of stars (1 to 5): 5 Introduction I enjoyed reading this book so much. I would recommend this book to any teen girl. This book is about a girl named Violet that was a tall, plain wallflower. Until one day, Angela from Tryst Models in New York City, walked up to her and said that she was model material and wanted her to be a model for Tryst Models. I thought this book was amazing. Description and summary of main points Melissa Walker is the author of this book. I think she did an excellent job of getting lessons that everyday teens go through. One of them are that Violet had to leave her friends for modeling and choose to be friends with the popular girls rather than her real friends. Another lesson in the book is that Violet has to share a room with another model, Veronica Trask, who is not only mean, but the "it girl" of Tryst Modeling. Violet eventually befriends her and sees the "real" Veronica Trask. Evaluation My opinion on this book is that it is a great book for teens, because most teens face some problems that Violet has had in the story also. It is an excellent book that is hard to put down. The plot of this book is that Violet was asked by Angela from Tryst Models to be a model. Violet ends up going to New York City for Tryst Models. She starts out slow to see how much potential she has, and they realize that she has very much potential. While juggling modeling, school, friends, and deciding weather to got to prom or not it has an excellent ending. The theme of this book is "Looks aren't everything, life is more important." Conclusion The conclusion of this book is that Violet decides to go to prom instead of going to a photo shoot that could be a chance of a lifetime. Her real friends go with her, and Violet realizes that she would rather be with her real friends then her fake popular friends. This book has an excellent ending and teaches a valuable lesson. Every teen has to face choosing your real friends and your fake friends, Violet has to face the same, and the author really gets to the point in this lesson. Your final review My final review on this book is that it was an excellent book. I loved reading it and literally could not put it down. I would highly recommend this book to any teen girl that likes reading about other teen girls facing everyday problems in life. Melissa Walker is an amazing author and she did an excellent job on writing this book. You should read this book to see how great it is.
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Violet wants to be popular, even though she hates the popular girls. When a fashion agent spots her in at her job and offers her a modeling position, Violet leaps at the chance. Soon she's spending fashion week in New York City and having a great time. But her friends back home aren't thrilled for her and she begins to wonder if they are jealous or if it's something more. When she starts hanging out with the popular girls, she upsets her friendships with her two best friends. Then she decides that she wants to leave high school early and try her hand at modeling before college. Can she make it in the modeling world, or will the City eat this southern girl alive? A great story about being comfortable in your own skin and finding your place in the world. Violet knows that once she's in New York, she can reinvent herself and become the person she thinks she can be.
BookwormKD More than 1 year ago
During this entire book i found my self rooting for violet. i loved how she was shy and unpopular at the beginning of the book and then BAM an agent shows up and she is owning the runway. this book was at my school bookfair and it looked so good i just had to get it that instant! i finished it at 2 am the next morning! (lol - i was supposed to be sleeping) i love the front cover of the book too :-) i CANT WAIT to read the next two books i ordered them and they should be here in two days!!!!!
katiesbookblog More than 1 year ago
Violet Greenfield is a nobody. That is, until she is noticed by Angela Blythe of Tryst models. As soon as Angela sees Violet she knows that she could be the next big thing for Tryst. Violet is offered the chance of a lifetime: to go to New York and walk in fashion week. Once that is done she figures that she will just go back to Carolina and continue with her life but then she gets an even bigger shock. Angela wants her to graduate early and move to New York to become a model full-time. Violet easily gets swept up into all the glamor and glitz of modeling but it doesn't last long. She starts to see the side effects of modeling in her roommate Veronica Trask who has more than one bad habit just to keep herself going in the day-to-day world of modeling. Will Violet be able to stay true to herself in the fake world of modeling or will she become the next Veronica Trask? Will Violet be able to keep her true friends or will she lose them to all the gold diggers who just want her fame? Definitely a good book but it started out a little slow. Once you get past her first modeling trip the book seems to move at a faster pace. I can't wait to see what happens next in the series.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Violet was always just your average girl, who never stood out from the crowd -- until she got the chance of a lifetime.

She was asked to become a model for an agency and move to New York, so she takes a chance and graduates high school early to move into a cramped New York City apartment.

She thinks that it will be all glamor, all the time, but what she finds is the complete opposite. As she tries to battle keeping her old friends and making new ones, things get complicated.

Will Violet become the model she always wanted to be? Or will she fail under all the pressure?

A great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Violet thinks she¿s been plain and practically good at nothing for¿forever. She¿s always tried to fit in, but when you are taller than everyone by a good margin, that¿s kind of hard to do. So when she¿s 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. Through 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 doesn¿t 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 doesn¿t have any real friends in NYC. And when she finally takes a look at herself, she realizes that she doesn¿t 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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Melissa Walker is my favorite writer of all time! She writes in such detail and you feel like your right there with Violet! You can tell that the author knows the fashion industry very well. I loved the book so much I'm about to start the next one and I can't wait for the third one to come out in August 2008!
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This book is great. Its better for young teens (14-16) then younger kids,but thts my opinon. A nobody turning into something HUGE must read ;) PS go to five below and look 4 it there its only $1!!!!!
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