Violet by Design

Violet by DesignViolet by Design by Melissa Walker
#2 in Violet series
published in March 2008
by Berkley JAM

In this second installment of the Violet trilogy, Violet Greenfield returns to her modeling career after what was planned as a one-time stunt in São Paulo – she is wildly in demand, which takes her to Spain and other European countries. Or at least it would have taken her to other European countries had it not been for her MySpace blog and her entries about the crazy obsession over weight in the fashion world.

In the whole course of the book, Violet is a living embodiment of conflicting emotions, values, and wants. On the one hand she loves her family, her friends and her tranquil life. But she also revels in the glitz and excitement of the modeling world – seeing other countries, living in luxurious hotels, meeting designers and wearing gorgeous clothes and seeing the huge crowd watching her on runways. Violet knows this. She also knows what a hypocrite it makes her and the people from fashion industry when they say they support the “natural looks” of women and how starving for runways and photo shoots is sick, but once they have said goodbye to the press people, they immediately start talking about how Violet needs to lose five pounds in three days (five pounds are like, 2.5 kg). Violet, while angry and ashamed, agrees. Her friend Roger is totally frustrated at the way Violet seemingly isn’t able to make up her mind, and plays the role of “the voice of reason”, which can be harsh at times. In fact, Roger is one who doesn’t seem to have problems following his principles, it’s almost not human.
I was really glad that Violet had support of both Veronica and Sam in this book, because this time she wasn’t on her home turf with her aunt or other members of her family. Julie also plays small role here compared to Violet on the Runway.
Although it was kind of frustrating to go through the crap Violet had to face, I’m glad she made the decisions she did and finally started figuring out what kind of person she wants to be.
Oh, but could someone please explain to me how a high school graduate doesn’t spend a minute thinking about the fact that abandoning a campaign in the middle of it is breaking the friggin’ contract, which her employer totally can sue her of? And they would for sure win, which means, since the jurisdiction lies in the States, Violet would have to pay huge amount of money as damages. Like, thank you, Veronica, for stepping in. Still not quite sure how shifting the contract to Double V will solve all problems, but whatevs.


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