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Violet on the Runway (Violet #1)

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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 Bl
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Paperback, 220 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Berkley Trade (first published January 1st 2007)
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Osanna
Dec 02, 2010 Osanna added it
Dear Reader,

Violet on the Runway is a book I would recommend to anybody. Reading the first book, and then continuing to read the rest of the series really must tell you that these books by Melissa C. Walker are very interesting. Out of five stars, I would rate this book a four and a half. For the most part, it held my attention and kept me interested. And you must read this book if you feel as though you have dreams you'd like to acomplish. You could really connect with Violet.
"You are beauti
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Bailey Wilkins
SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

Violet on the Runway is a fun book about a shy quiet girl named Violet. I really liked it because to me it says that I can stand up for myself and that I can be confident. Violet grew up wishing she were confident enough to wear the cute clothes or to be the popular girl at school. One day a woman named Angela who worked for Tryst Models saw Violet and told her that she could be the next “It Girl.” Violet then goes to New York to find the inner model in her.
She learns to be c
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Nicola
There was a point in the middle of reading this book – a clump of about 50 pages – where I was genuinely enjoying it. Then Walker slathered on a ridiculous(ly boring) ending and the whole thing just caved in on itself. To say that Violet On the Runway is merely predictable is too kind: it’s so predictable that it becomes a big fat dollop of cliché.

It has been suggested that there are certain subjects that – despite an author’s (lack of) talent – will hold a reader’s attention easily. For me (and
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Brighde
Apr 06, 2008 Brighde rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who is literate (mostly girls)
I genuinely loved this book. Violet wasn't one of those mean girls, the sterotype model. There was a moral, a good one at that. But don't let me spoil it.
Kristi
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 can’t help being herself, and the designers love it. The other models however don’t particularly like being shown up by a newbie. When Violet takes the big step and moves to New York, she finds out modeling is mor
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stephanie
Oh, I love this series already. It's a quick read, but packed with so much that I adore - fashion, teens, New York, models with problems - all without making me slightly worried that this is what our young girls are reading. This is no world of Gossip Girl, seriously, and yet there's still the coke-addicted bulimic supermodel and insecurities and Prada boots.

Total kudos and props to Melissa Walker for managing to create a book that appeals to that crowd but still has morals and reality instill
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Alea
Violet on the Runway is the story of Violet Greenfield. She's very very tall and very thin and because of this insecure. One day while working at her local movie theatre (I would love that job!) Violet is discovered by Angela Blythe of Tryst Models. This begins her whirlwind journey into modeling in New York City.

I really enjoyed this book. You get to put yourself in the shoes of someone realizing every girl's fantasy. What would it be like to become a model in New York City? I really looked fo
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Sadia
Star rating: 3/3.5

I think it's an okay book, not much to say; not suckish but not amazing either. Violet on the Runway is a book that I don't think deserves my gushing but isn't bad enough for me to right a snarky review beating it dead to the ground.

The characters, for me lacked depth and the plot bored me at times. However I enjoyed reading about some of the fashion shoots and I liked how the author addressed the way models are treated and also the way models treat others. If I do decide to
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Kaitlin Bevis
This is not my typical read, but I'm having to do some research about models for my next book, and I'm curious what other authors do with the same information. Descriptions can be tricky. This book reminded me a lot of The Devil Wears Prada, for a younger audience. I had a difficult time relating to some of the side characters (everyone's reactions to news they didn't like tended to be polite silence, which seemed odd) and there were a lot of times I didn't get Violet's logic. I had an issue wit ...more
Sally
This is so far what i have read in this book, it is about a girl or i can say a young girl name Violetshe was working in a theater. And soon a woman walked in and spoke angry to one of the staffs. And then when she the woman saw Violet and didn't even blink. Soon the woman said you can be it! Violet didn't know what it means she is going to become the next top model! And guess what she is going!
Holly
This book ended up on my summer stack because of a student suggestion.....and I totally see why she suggested it. When I was in 8th grade, I probably would have liked it too. This is a pretty formulaic (realistic? Doubtful.....) story of a girl who sees herself as a "Plain Jane" and gets serendipitously discovered by a modeling agent, and then goes to New York for her big break and ends up becoming a different person...in some ways good, and in some ways not. I did like Violet, though I was anno ...more
Marta Oliveira
I only gave this book 2 stars because I didn't like the main character or the way the business was portrait. I know that in the fashion business there a lot of fake and rude people, however I do believe that not everyone acts like that. The things that happened were because of Violet, she made her own choice on who to trust and who to ditch, that's what I didn't like about her. She does some nasty things and in the end the roles are reverted when the new girl appears and suddenly, she is the one ...more
Meg
I really like this book so far. At first I was like oh please, because this book was about models and I just thought it would be like this dumb book. But it is actually pretty amazing!! It's great I love how she totally transforms!! Also I think Violet and Roger should totally hook up but thats just me!!! :0)
Sharla Desy
Okay, this is the last of the below-my-reading-level books for a while. I wanted to see if this one, categorized as YA, would be appropriate for elementary school kids. I don't think there is anything objectionable in here. The main character is a high school senior, recruited by a modeling agency. She moves back and forth between the typical concerns of a high school senior (friendships, prom, college) and the learning curve of a brand new NYC fashion model. (Think a junior version of The Devil ...more
Angie
A cut above many teen books...a realistic depiction of the teenage modeling scene in New York but not too dark in its portrayal of the pitfalls awaiting young fashion proteges.
Janina
I know I only have myself to blame, but ... *snores*
Kassidy
Such A Great Book. LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ms. Patterson
Violet is discovered by a model agent while working at the local movie theater in Chapel Hill, NC. A self-described wallflower, Violet is excited about the possibilities, but scared that this is just a joke. She's invited to New York for a weekend for a makeover and go-sees. She doesn't think it'll amount to much and is totally surprised when she books some shows for NY Fashion Week. Deciding to graduate early and move to New York City to model in the spring of what would be her senior year of h ...more
Emmie_Lou
Sadly I did not finish this book. After the second F word I decided to quit it. :( I was really enjoying this book, I might buy it and take my white out pen to it. :)

**Update**
I now have a copy and am finishing it with a white pen.

**Update**So... I got this book and was enjoying it (with my white out handy)

I am so mad at Melissa C. Walker. I mean come on. I am reading this book because I like modeling, not because I like stupid underage drinking in night clubs. Not to mention the jerk boyfriend
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Blodeuedd Finland
Violet Greenfield is your average high school girl, well she would love to be average. As it is now she is too tall, too plain, jut your typical wallflower who secretly wishes to be friends with the It-girls of her high school.

Then one day she is approached by Angela Blythe from Tryst Models in New York. She is told that she could be the next it girl of modeling.

"If it's up to me, Violet Greenfield, I'd say you're the next Kate Moss-but, you know, taller and without the PR problems...I hope!"

Fir
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Katie
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 e
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Karen
Violet on the Runway
2008, The Berkley Publishing Group
pgs.228 $9.99
Melissa C.Walker
ISBN: 9780425217047

Every girl's dream is dating the most cutest, popular guy in her school. And wearing a size zero jean, being the most popular girl, skinny, tall, beautiful, and smart. Well, Violet Greenfield is a type of girl who is skinny, tall, and smart. But the only thing that she doesn't realize is that she is beautiful. Violet On The Runway is written from Violet Greenfield point of view. The way Melissa
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McKenzie
I've always heard that this is a great series and I've always wanted to read it, but I've just never picked it up. So finally, I did. And I'm very happy I did.

Violet on the Runway is the first in a three-part series. I enjoyed the storyline, although it was pretty predictable. I figured it would be. This is much more a guilty-pleasure-read then a thought-provoking-read. I mean, who wouldn't want to read about an average girl becoming the IT model?

On Violet as a character, I'm undecided. She's
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Stephanie
The book is about a girl named, Violet Greenfield who is in her last year of high school and has been teased a lot.The reason she has been teased is because she is very tall.Then, one day while she is working at the movie theater she gets discovered by this agent for modeling.She later, goes up to New York to see a few designers and see if she has a chance to become a model.It turned out she did get called to be in a few shows for New York Fashion Week.After the shows she begins to receive more ...more
Kristin
Sep 24, 2008 Kristin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kristin by: 5th grader
I read a lot of young adult literature because I teach middle school. I like to know what my students are reading, many times because they love to talk about the books they read, and parents also ask for recommendations.

I was a bit disturbed to find 5th graders reading this book. There are references to heavy drinking in this book, and I don't think I'd want my 5th grader reading about that just yet. There are a few sexual references as well. 8th graders, maybe, depending on the maturity and the
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Samantha
This story is about Violet, being extremely insecure in the beginning of the story. She doesn't like herself being freakishly tall, but it helped her. An agent named Angela tells Violet to enter the fashion world and become basically a model. Of course, Violet goes and has the time of her life, but reading this book, fame isn't everything. With fame, it came come with a bunch of drama, and it it's extremely hard to deal with competition. In the modeling world, there are always so many competitio ...more
Katrina
Oct 30, 2008 Katrina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls looking for a thoughtful light read and who like fashion.
Shelves: teen, fiction
The story about a girl who becomes a supermodel, just when she thinks she’s not at all special. Who hasn’t, even for only a few weeks, years ago, wished that she could be discovered? Who hasn’t wished that she could suddenly become famous, rich, and admired, on movies or TV shows or runways?

For those of you who have, Violet is that dream, put into reality. But it also poses questions we never consider–what about press and agents? What about pressure? What about drugs and partying, and hypocrisy
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Avon Bernabe
I was a little bit bored on the first few pages but man! This book stirred different emotions from me. It will show you how a simple life can be instantly changed. How a person can change. And how the model's life is like. It's different when you're in the spotlight. There could be many users lingering around waiting to suck you all up.

I loved how this book gives you a little of what really is happening on the modeling world, which could be quite the same on what's happening in showbiz. There ar
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Anna
Violet is just your normal girl living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Besides the fact that she is extremely tall and doesn't feel like she fits in at all, unless she's hanging with her two best friends Roger and Julie. That was until Violet meet Angela at her job at the movie theater.

Angela is an agent for Tryst Modeling company in New York City. Violet goes to go-sees and gets booked for four shows for Fashion Week. She's a big hit, and is instant star. But she also figures out that modeling
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