Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Violet in Private by Melissa Walker Book Review

Violet in Private by Melissa Walker
(Berkley, Paperback)


Shy-girl-turned-model Violet is on her way to college. She's decided to put the runway behind her and focus on being a normal girl for awhile. New friends, parties, and late night snack sessions await. But can Violet really turn her back on modeling? Pretty soon Violet is heading back to New York City every weekend for her editorial internship at Teen Fashionista. But did Violet get the internship on her own merit or is she still a wallflower off the runway?

This is absolutely my favorite Violet book yet. I've enjoyed reading the other Violet books, Violet on the Runway and Violet by Design, and I think Melissa Walker has really come into her own with this third book in the series. Violet is incredibly smart and talented off the runway, but she isn't so sure that people like her for her. Violet faces the insecurities that we all face but she has the added question of wondering if people only like her because of her modeling. As Violet adapts to life at college, it was this extra doubt that really made her character appeal to me. Life is messy (as her relationships with friends Veronica and Roger show) and Violet learns that sticking up for her principles is never a bad thing. I loved that Violet's new friends were so supportive of her, her decision to stop modeling, and her opinions about body weight. Melissa's writing style makes it easy to get caught up in this book and makes it feel as if Violet is an old friend. I can't wait to see what's next for Melissa Walker. Hopefully another Violet book...or two or three or four! I've said it before and it bears saying again, I know nothing about fashion and I still love these books. Violet is a great role model with the added benefit that she's tons of fun to read about.


  1. Oh, Em. This review makes me smile.

    I wonder how you are... Where?


  2. I have the first Violet book request at the library, but it's taking forever to get it too me, BUt I hope by November I'll get it.

    Awesome review!

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  4. I loved this book...Great review!!

  5. Em, great review. It's always interesting to hear that the third is even better than the first two. Kudos!

  6. love your site ;]

    made a link to it on my own teen book blog - i love your site and i really want to read loads of the books you've reviewed brilliantly :D

  7. I'm glad to hear that this book lives up to the first two, which I really enjoyed.

    Anyway, back at you, fellow Cybils panelist! I'm constantly reading and reviewing books anyway, so since this whole crazy thing took off, I've just been trying to focus my attentions on cybils-specific titles.

    It's going to be an awesome and crazy couple of months. And we've got a great panel, I can tell already. I'm so excited!



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