Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker
Violet has been plain her whole life. Plain and freakishly tall. So when a lady gives her a business card for a modeling agency in New York, she's shocked and not quite sure what to do. It's her senior year, she's got a great job at a theater, and she's got awesome friends. Does she really want to give all that up and become a model? Well, one weekend won't hurt. And with that, Violet heads to New York.
Violet on the Runway is a novel about a girl who has never really fit in. Violet is a great character because we've all felt like her at one time or another, awkward and plain. It's fun to read about how Violet blossoms (pardon the pun) during her time as a model in New York. As she learns, it's not all fun and games, and being a good friend is more important than being a good model. The sequel, Violet by Design, is out in March 2008 and I can't wait! I really hope that Violet's friends, Roger & Julie, are in this one a little more. They only had a few tantalizing scenes in Violet on the Runway, but they were crucial scenes.
Oh, and one last thing. I know absolutely nothing about fashion. I mean, I like nice clothes but I couldn't name a designer to save my life. Remember the scene in Sweet Home Alabama when Lurlynn thinks Melanie's shirt is the $30 variety? Let's just say that Lurlynn probably knows more about fashion than me. But I still really liked this book! So, fashionista or not, you should check out Violet on the Runway.