Violet By Design

Violet By Design

by Melissa Walker

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ISBN-13: 9780425219409
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2008
Series: Violet Series , #2
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 10.74(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 18 - 14 Years

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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Violet By Design 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good and interesting. It shows the ups and down of the modeling life. I love this book and any model books! Cant wait to get the second one! If anyone is interested in joining the modeling world this is a good way to get a sneak peek.
katiesbookblog More than 1 year ago
Violet Greenfield has gone from a nobody to an international runway model. After returning home to get away from the modeling business for a while, Angela approaches Violet about modeling in Brazil and Violet jumps at the chance to travel internationally. Things start out brilliantly until Violet's insecurities once again get the better of her. Violet manages to get all the shows, all the clothes, and all the guys but once again the designers and her agent have to have her perfect and Violet can't handle it. Weight becomes a greater issue in this book and Violet is unable to keep her weight exactly where the designers and her agent want it. The only way she can think of to vent is to post on her blog. Little does she know that her friends and teenagers are not the only people reading. Her dilemma becomes fodder for the press and Violet gets in deeper than she can handle. When she is asked to do a campaign promoting better health for teen girls, Violet thinks that it may be the beginning of a new type of modeling world. That is, until she is told that she needs to lose five pounds and keep the weight off for the shoots. It's too late for Violet to back out but she begins to feel like she is betraying herself and all the teenagers that look up to her when she poses for the shoot. And all the while she is losing herself, she finds herself losing her best friend and possibly the love of her life, Roger. Will Violet's career be able to last through her insecurities and weight issues or will it and she break under the pressure? Will she be able to fix things between her and Roger or did she blow her only chance? Violet By Design is the followup to Violet On The Runway and is followed by Violet In Private. This second installment in the series is by far the best so far but I have high hopes for Violet In Private.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Violet has had the time of her life in New York. After being spotted by her now agent Angela Blythe at the Palace Theaters, and then being swept away to NYC (and with a little hesitation from her parents), Violet was able to experience all that goes on in the modeling world. From the runway shows to the crazy designers to having a backstabbing roommate with an eating disorder to her fake, jerk of an ex-boyfriend.

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.
kbpup903 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Violet Greenfield has gone from a nobody to an international runway model. After returning home to get away from the modeling business for a while, Angela approaches Violet about modeling in Brazil and Violet jumps at the chance to travel internationally. Things start out brilliantly until Violet's insecurities once again get the better of her. Violet manages to get all the shows, all the clothes, and all the guys but once again the designers and her agent have to have her perfect and Violet can't handle it.Weight becomes a greater issue in this book and Violet is unable to keep her weight exactly where the designers and her agent want it. The only way she can think of to vent is to post on her blog. Little does she know that her friends and teenagers are not the only people reading. Her dilemma becomes fodder for the press and Violet gets in deeper than she can handle.When she is asked to do a campaign promoting better health for teen girls, Violet thinks that it may be the beginning of a new type of modeling world. That is, until she is told that she needs to lose five pounds and keep the weight off for the shoots. It's too late for Violet to back out but she begins to feel like she is betraying herself and all the teenagers that look up to her when she poses for the shoot. And all the while she is losing herself, she finds herself losing her best friend and possibly the love of her life, Roger.Will Violet's career be able to last through her insecurities and weight issues or will it and she break under the pressure? Will she be able to fix things between her and Roger or did she blow her only chance?Violet By Design is the followup to Violet On The Runway and is followed by Violet In Private. This second installment in the series is by far the best so far but I have high hopes for Violet In Private.
calexis on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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.
59Square on LibraryThing 24 days ago
In this sequel Violet is just ramping up her modeling career by flying to Brazil for Brazilian Fashion Week. There her naivete gets her into trouble again and again ¿ first she falls in love with a young Brazilian designer, then agrees to do his fashion campaign without talking to her agent. As the book moves on, Violet¿s clear indecision about the modeling industry causes her to leave Brazil, move home, eat a lot, then go to Spain for European Fashion Week. But her weight gain then causes a moral dilemma about weight gain and loss and what she is willing to do for such an exciting career. She also realizes at the end of the book that she is in love with her friend Roger ¿ stay tuned for book three.
skrishna on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I actually enjoyed Violet on the Runway more than this book, but they are both light and enjoyable. I did like how Violet actually tried to take a stand for something in this book.
wsquared on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Melissa Walker's Violet trilogy offers a fun, pop-culture-filled look at the modeling industry from the point of view of a regular teen girl plucked from obscurity to make it big on the runways of New York, Brazil, and Paris.
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Erin_Petersen More than 1 year ago
Runway model or run away model? Wouldn't it be amazing to travel the world as a famous supermodel? Violet Greenfield thought so too until that was her. In Melissa Walker's Violet by design, Violet continued her modeling career with her agent, Angela, and her friends, Sam and Veronica. Violet loved the traveling to new countries, especially walking the biggest runway show in Paris, but she got caught up in all the drama of the modeling world. Violet traveled to Brazil and had an amazing time until she got played by Paulo, the guy she thought she loved. She immediately went home and claimed once again that she was done with modeling, but she got an amazing opportunity to go to Paris, France, the most romantic place in the world. She was requested to walk and close the famous Mirabella Prince's runway show. While in Paris Violet gets into some trouble with the modeling business. Without discussing it with Angela first, she spoke out to the press about her thoughts on eating disorders. But at the same, she had to try to lose weight for Mirabella's show. She was torn between her career and her healthy body image. Violet was beginning to think that maybe this whole modeling thing isn't really for her. But if she leaves it, she would always have those thoughts of What if? I think the opportunities Violet got were amazing, but it would be awful going through all the other problems that she had to deal with. This book is the perfect book for any teenage girl that likes the girl drama, and especially those considering getting into the modeling business. This book is almost a warning or guide for the struggles of the modeling world. I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. It is definitely one of those book you never want to put down. The action and drama keeps building throughout the book and definitely keeps your interest.
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this book is great! i now need to read the next one! loved it! you need to read it now! (but the read the first one before you do!)
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ninapanda More than 1 year ago
This book is a great continuation from her first one. I love the violet series and this book is no diffrent. I total recomend it! :)
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mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Violet has been enjoying her summer at home, just hanging out with her two best friends. She's planning to go to college in the fall, but when her modeling agent Angela calls with a chance to go to Brazil for two weeks, Violet jumps on the next plane. She takes back the fashion world by storm, falling for a designer who wants to model his new clothing line. Too bad he breaks her heart in the process. Violet flees, going back home to wallow. With the Spain and Paris shows approaching, she dusts herself off and goes back to the world of glamor. But those wallowing days added a few pounds and it's affecting her jobs. She blogs about her frustration on her myspace, only to find the model world angry and annoyed at her reference to girls starving themselves for the runway. Can she have her principles and still last in the modeling world? I love the Violet series - she's honest, fun, and fresh.