Violet By Design

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Violet By Design

Violet on the Runway Book 2

Violet is tall and skinny. In fact, she is so tall and skinny that she has been made fun of most of her time in school. She's never been with the in crowd but she has two really good friends since 1st grade so school's not that bad. Plus, she started modeling. She was in NYC sharing an apartment with two other girls but right now she's in Chapel Hill, NC enjoying the last days of summer. In a few days, she'll be on her way to Brazil and fashion shows.

Julie is one of Violet's best friends. About 6 months ago, Julie started dating Violet's younger brother, which Violet thinks is a bit weird.

Roger is Violet's other best friend. He's always been there for her and even took her to their senior Prom. Roger is a bit of a geek but a loveable geek.

This is the second book in a series of books about Violet and her coming of age. There are several times that things that happened in the first book are mentioned in this book. While this book can be read without reading the first book, I think I would have had a better understanding of some of the events and reactions in the second book if I had read the first one first.

This book takes on several major problems that young girls face and addresses them really well. One of the two girls that Violet shared an apartment with had a drug problem. Her stay in rehab and what happened to get her there was mentioned. However, it was also shown how some people don't want to address the bad things and would rather give the impression that something else not quite so bad is the reality. For example, the PR of the modeling agency kept stating she went into rehab for exhaustion not a drug problem.

A major part of this book addressed self-image. Many young girls look to models as the ideal way to look. Many models in striving for that skinny look starve themselves, go on strange diets or have eating disorders. Violet speaks out on that topic. She is then told she needs to loose 5 pounds for a fashion show even though she is naturally thin. She then struggles with does she want to do the show or stand for what she believes in.

Violet also has relationship issues with not only a potential boyfriend but also her best friends and her friends in the modeling world. Are they telling her the truth about stuff or are they trying to use her or is she using them? It's complicated and as Violet's life is changing so are the ways that she interacts with those around her.

On the negative side though, in many parts of the book Violet has a problem with drinking too much. She notes that she is too young to drink in the USA but it's okay in Paris or Brazil or where ever she happens to be. When things aren't going just right, she seems to head for a drink. While I have no problem with 18 year olds drinking, drinking irresponsible is wrong for everyone.

Overall, I liked this book. Violet is trying to do the right things but sometimes gets distracted. Don't we all! So far, Violet is hanging in there and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Book Blurb for Violet By Design

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 from home and my agent's shrill demands. Or anguish over my body the way only runway models do. Not to mention all this trouble I'm getting into for speaking out in the press about eating disorders. Maybe the life of an international model isn't for me. But if I quit for good, I might always wonder...What if?

Reissued book

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2008 3.50