Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com
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 it all and now Violet is back in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, trying to spend as much time away from New York as she can while leaning more towards her friends and family.
Being in the fashion industry is beginning to take a toll on Violet. Sure, she is able to travel to Brazil and even France on short notice, wear all of the designer clothing that's too expensive to even look at, and have all the boys fall for her (even if it's for all the wrong reasons). But Violet just can't see herself as a true model. Her insecurities, including those about her weight, are always present.
The longer she's away the more troubles and problems Violet starts to have, especially when she tries to speak out on some important issues, which doesn't necessarily bode well with her agency. One of the designers in Brazil is showing some interest in Violet, but, for some reason, her heart goes out to her dorky best friend, Roger. Will Violet's escapades in international modeling be the deciding factor in whether she should stay in the modeling world? Or will the limelight shine bright over what she truly wants?
VIOLET BY DESIGN is a strong follow-up to the first novel in the series, VIOLET ON THE RUNWAY. Melissa Walker creates a story that acknowledges all the realistic aspects of a world that seems flawless and characters that are intriguing and easy to relate to. A wonderful read, VIOLET BY DESIGN does not disappoint.