Violet Greenfield knows she’s supposed to be a super-confident nineteen-year-old because she'’s done runway shows in New York and internationally. But now that she’s finally headed to college, she’s afraid she’'ll turn back into that girl who blended into the walls in high school. Vassar is just two hours away from New York City–– but her friends in fashion think she’s crazy to stop modeling now. And her old friend Roger is there...but things have been weird ever since they kissed. The real question is if she’s not going to be “Violet on the Runway” anymore...who is she? (from GoodReads)
By the end I really started enjoying these Violet books and I'm sad to say good-bye. Violet in Private is a continuation of Violet's life as a runway model, but this time she's in college, so she's trying to juggle school, modeling, an internship, friends, and body image issues. There's a lot on her plate, but Violet manages magnificiently.
I love that Violet is not afraid to stand up for herself, and doesn't need the fame and fortune that modeling brings like some of the other girls. Violet is ready to quit the fashion world and no one can understand that. But Violet is very down-to-earth, and she wants a normal life. I love that about her. She also says how she likes when people see her intelligence and brain and not just her pretty face - what a great message!
A lot of Violet in Private was the relationship mess with her best friend Roger. Violet's in love with him but he's dating another girl, which is the classic relationship drama. I thought their interactions were very well-written, and I like that the ending wasn't traditionally happy. It was open-ended which made me want to read more! I don't know if Melissa Walker is planning anymore Violet books, but I would definitely read them!
Rating: 8 out of 10.
2008/Berkley Trade/224 pages.