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Violet by Design

(Violet #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  752 ratings  ·  61 reviews
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 fro
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Berkley Trade
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Jennifer Wardrip
May 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for

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 i
Marta Oliveira
Mar 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book at all, maybe it was because I like models and fashion shows and the way the modeling business is written to me didn't sound real. I have seen a few interviews, backstage videos and how the choose the models and this wasn't like that at all.
Another big reason fr my dislike is Violet, she is so annoying and stupid to everyone. Violet as soon as she stars to go back to modeling gets all stupid again, treats the other bad and thinks everyone is jealous. I wanted to slap mul
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Violet Greenfield thought she was going to leave the modeling world behind, but when she’s 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 Brazil’s 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 Violet’s w ...more
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who is literate
Violet is an easily liked character. Though she has flaws (being oblivious) they make her a person. Good plot, If I was in her sitch though I would have kept traveled the world, and not gone back. Let go of all my responsibilities. Oh well we all are different.
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Amazing. The follow up book to Violet on the runway.
Ms. Patterson
What's the deal with this book? I read it quickly and for the most part I was okay with it while I was reading it. The longer I'm away from it, the more unhappy I am with it.

I think I'm just dissatisfied with all the plot points left open. I want SOMETHING to have a conclusion, but nothing does. Violet still goes back and forth about her modeling career. Does she want to model? Does she not? She makes a stand about the views on body image in the fashion industry. She secretly agrees to the outr
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, contemporary
So repetitive.
Kaitlin Bevis
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it

I actually enjoyed this better than book one because the arc was very similar, but this book tackled issues in a different way that I appreciated and had more developed side characters. I think it helped that the issues approached in this book were body image and weight, which is something all girls feel pressure about, whereas most girls aren't models who deal with the pressures of fame, money, and nervous breakdowns due to the depression of maintaining a stressful career as a teenager. Plus, i
May 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Violet Greenfield is not a typical teenager just graduated from high school. She has had quite the year ever since signing with Tryst Models. She moved to New York and lived in an apartment with a bunch of models her senior year. But her experience isn’t the best since most of these beautiful girls are addicted to drugs and have eating problems. Violet quits modeling but is enticed back by her former agent, Angela, with the promise of a trip to Brazil for Sao Paulo Fashion Week. Violet has never ...more
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. Wh ...more
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Even better than Violet on the Runway, this sequel packs a punch. It's a testament to Melissa Walker that she can create such a book that deals with deep issues such as weight, body image, love, sex, drugs, sincerity, etc. while still being a true, lovely, fun-to-read YA novel.

This time Violet is lured back into modeling by the prospect of international travel and modeling bathing suits in Sao Paolo. She gets a wake up call in a lot of ways, but yet again falls for the wrong guy. Luckily, the
Jan 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008
Violet By Design
2008, The Berkley Publishing Group
Pages.215 $9.99
Melissa C.Walker
ISBN: 978042521940

Violet By Design is the second book to Violet On The Runway. The book written from Violet Greenfield's point of view. Violet decided to choose her life where there are tons of cameras near her and where her whole face is in front of the magezine. Violet By Design is a great book and it could teach you a lot when your done reading it. Melissa C.Walker puts you into Violet's shoe and making you feel
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Violet thought she was going to leave the modeling world behind, but when she gets a chance to model in Brazil– how can she say no? Her one modeling gig lands her as the face for the new and upcoming designer Paulo, did I mention he is hot! But things in Brazil don’t exactly work out as Violet planned and she jets home spending her days eating ice cream and vegging on the couch.

That of course lands Violet in some trouble when she shows up in Spain five pounds heavier. Violet, however, has her ow
Violet thought she was off the runway for good. But then her agent, Angela, called her and gave her an offer she couldn't refuse: a trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she would star in Brazil's Fashion Week. Her life as an international runway star leads her to have to choose between her best friend or her job, but it also leads her to find her true love.

I fell in love with Violet on the Runway and couldn't wait to read Violet by Design. I definetly was not disappointed with the continuation of th
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 ...more
Jul 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Violet By Design is the second in this series. I'm going to try and keep it vague for people that haven't read the first book, Violet On the Runway.

Violet had quit modeling but couldn't resist a trip overseas. She did get into modeling for the travel! So Violet is off on another modeling adventure while her best friends Roger and Julie are off to college. While Violet is in Brazil she meets the young designer, Paulo. She eventually becomes the face of his campaign. They start a romance... that'
Anderson Payano
Sep 05, 2009 rated it liked it
this is the 2nd serious of the violet on/by...this book is about how a girl named violet was gonna quit modeling for good .but changed her mind to travel around the world. she got a lot stress from it. for example she catched up with her ex roommate who was also a model but did cocaine to stay skinny..but got into rehab.also she fell for a brazilian desinger who ended breaking her heart.and she got famous for putting a blog on myspace saying she her manager wanted her to lose three pounds even t ...more
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
After swearing off modeling at the end of the first book, Violet is back on the runway -- this time in Brazil for Sao Paulo fashion week. She falls in love with (and gets her heart broken by) a fashion designer and begins to struggle with her weight and the industry's impossible expectations. Where Violet on the Runway focused on the dangers of partying, this one looks at the eating disorders that plague so many models. Another fun read! Seriously :) Even though the books deal with heavy topics, ...more
Mar 13, 2011 added it
Shelves: 2011, tbf-author
I read the first book in the Violet series over the summer because Melissa Walker is a TBF author, and I really enjoyed it. It was the perfect summer read - short, sweet, and light, but with a good message and an endearing main character. Therefore, when I was searching for something to read on the plane ride out to San Francisco, I knew that Violet By Design would be the perfect choice. It only took me a few hours to read it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm planning on starting the third on ...more
Oct 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
This is the 2nd book in a series!! You don't know this until you finish the book and want the story to finish. It is at this point you are told to read the next book in the series.

The story was "ok." Unlikely that I will read the next in the series unless I run out of other books and am desperate. I wouldn't say bad, but I would say predictable, very predictable....probably meant for a younger reader. Maybe it would be different if I had read the first in the series???

Violet on the Runwa
Chelsea Nicole
Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I've been trying to read this book for years now! Finally I made it. I have to say, I was surprised by the depth of the situations Violet went through. She's such an awesome character. She's never leaving the modeling agency either. Who doesn't want to fly all over the world if it means walking in front of people decked out in the most fashion forward way?
The fact that she took on that taboo reference to model's promoting healthy body images while starving themselves was a fresh concept,especial
Oct 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teen girls looking for a fluffy read.
Shelves: fiction, teen
I feel Violet is naive about a lot of thing in this book. Her blindness to her feelings for Rodger and his feeling for her is wearing thin and I wish she would just decided one way or the other about modeling. Maybe this is true to an 18 year olds mentality but it is getting annoying. You would think that after having traveled the world a little would wisen her up a bit. I like the story as a whole but I'm not sure how long the series has unless Violet grows up quick.
Aug 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book of the series is probably the best, it didn't seem like a follow up-trying to hard book like most squeals do. Walker delivered just like she did with the first book, I didn't put it down until I was done, Great fast fun read that really didn't require much, we all need those books in our life's at one point or another. This Violet series is a great one, I recommend it to anyone.

-thank you&come again.
This book is pretty good, though I would say the first one was better. I would like to read the next book. I think this book is interesting for anyone who has wondered what a celebrity or model's life is like, and I like that the main character is just a regular girl, aside from the fact she's a model. The main character, Violet, was easy for me to connect with, but I would have liked for the story to be told by several characters instead of just Violet. Overall, I give it a thumbs up. :)
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a good book, and good reminder about the importance of eating disorders in life, especially in the modeling world. Sometimes, however, I just wanted to scream and Violet and get her to use her common sense once in a while. Won't say too much because of SPOILERS!!! Just FYI, Melissa C. Walker is going to be at the Teen Book Festival in Rochester, NY on May 19.
Khim Anne (someonepurpleblooded)
Violet thinks she can walk away from fame sure she have some righteous moments about the plastic world aka the fashion industry but as every moth to flame story, Violet was again on top of the runway doing walks and campaigns but again everything overwhelmed her. Seriously this girl has commitment issues. All I can say is WHAT THE HELL?!? Seriously not what I'm hoping for.
Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Loved this one as well, although I wanted more Roger. Love his and Violet's chemistry when they are together. I just did't want their time together to end, but she does it every time. I picked up Violet n Private right after finishing this one, just hoping...

Love interests, exotic locations, fasion. It had a perfect mix of all three.

Katrina Knittle
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book it is a good second book to Violet on the Runway. It was pretty interesting and kept my attention. Throughout reading this book I didn't have any moments where it seemed like the story is dragging. The character Violet becomes even more likable in this book. I do love that she has flaws just like any normal person.
Liddy Knight
Oct 06, 2008 rated it liked it
what was good in the first book is just annoying now - this girl can't seem to stop whining, complaining and changing her mind about everything. so in that sense i suppose its fairly true to what an 18 year old in this situation would really be feeling
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