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Violet on the Runway

(Violet #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,677 ratings  ·  180 reviews
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
Paperback, 220 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Berkley Trade
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Nov 02, 2010 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
Sep 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone! especially older teens and girls like me who like a girly girl book
Do you love America's Next Top Model? Perfectly on-point pop culture references? Are you young enough to remember that being a girl in high school kinda sucked, but now you can look back at it and laugh (albeit sympathetically)? You will then love Violet on the Runway. Not only did I love this book in its own right, but my friend Melissa is the author. Am I biased, you ask? Well, as I was reading it I was so wrapped up in the book that I often forgot that I actually know the person who wrote it! ...more
Nov 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen, fiction
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
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Bailey Jorgensen

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
Jul 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Blythe Penland
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was exactly what I needed right now. It was cliché and extremely middle-grade, but I kind of loved it. I found this book years ago and I put off reading it, but I've recently experienced a big life change and I wanted to remember what life was like in the mid-2000s. And it was fabulous! This book had me laughing out loud, reminiscing for flip phones, tube tops, and 13 Going on 30 vibes, and missing my high school years. (Which, by the way, I'd never thought I'd miss.) Violet' ...more
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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) ...more
Feb 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
My thoughts are on my blog: "Thoughts of Joy..." ...more
Feb 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
I know I only have myself to blame, but ... *snores*
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Walker, Melissa Violet on the Runway, 228 p. Special Scholastic Edition (originally released by Penguin), 2008.

First - please be aware that you SHOULD NOT confuse the Penguin original edition with the Special Scholastic Edition of this book. Here is a link to my review of the original. That being said, here is the review for this edition.

Violet Greenfield is super tall, super skinny and super not-fitting-in at her high school. Oh, she has her friends, but not much more than a couple. At her mo
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've had this book on my want to read list basically since I joined Goodreads, so for four years, and I finally got to read it because I got Kindle Unlimited this year. I just finished going through my want to read list, which I like to do every few months, and stumbled across Violet on the Runway.

Violet on the Runway is pretty cliche, but it is good. There's the usual "gets a taste of fame and fortune and leaves those who truly care about her behind" trope, but whatever. I liked the book. I wi
Abby Meyer
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! It is about this girl who is a fashion model. 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 oversize ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: penguin, ebook
2.5 stars

This was a fast read, but I think it's one of the YA books that I've grown out of. So, not really for me.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars
Mar 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Violet is a beautiful tall young woman, who goes for something new that she has never experienced before. Becoming a model deals with a lot of obstacles, and I mean a lot, because you wear all sorts of fashion wear and your face being cover with a lot of cosmetic to make you look more beautiful, and in the end, if something is still not perfect enough yet, more photo-shopping helps top it off to make you look even more of a beautiful figure, and the reason why I say figure instead of person is b ...more
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. :)

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
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 fo ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
May 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
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!"

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
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008
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
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Okay, it was not my typical type of book or series, but I LOVED Meg Cabot’s Airhead series. It was just quirky, fun, and awesome. After finishing that I was looking for a book that had its foot in the modeling world. One day I was browsing Paperback Swap and stumbled across this series. I was really excited when I read the summary and immediately requested it. Then when I got it I was so swamped with books to read that this sat on my shelf for months, but I finally broke down and read it. It was ...more
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 r
Aug 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Violet is a wallflower. She is one of those people who hang around on the sidelines. Her secret wish is to be part of Bee’s Knees, the popular girl group at school. She hates her tallness, which makes her noticeably different. But when a Tryst agent tells her she could be the next Kate Moss, and Violet goes to New York to find out what it’s about, her life changes –but for better, or for worse?

The story about a girl who becomes a supermodel, just when she thinks she’s not at all special. Who has
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Kaitlin Bevis
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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