Well, it's back to the regular Book of the Month feature, and what better book to focus on this month by Melissa Walker's latest in the Violet series, Violet in Private? This fabulous, glamorous, and totally candid series is highly entertaining and completely enthralling.
Violet has become a Vassar Girl. As the spring semester rolls around, Violet finds herself in a place that's way more intimidating than a photo shoot or the runway—college. At first she's apprehensive about making friends and how her fellow students will receive her, but after befriending the flamboyant Kurt and meeting her cool new roommates, she's starting to feel like she belongs. She even lands an internship at Teen Fashionista, which is pretty cool, even if it does mean more time spent with Chloe, Roger's annoying and in the way girlfriend. But with the continuous pressure exerted on her from all directions about her weight and career, Violet is having a bit of trouble figuring out how to get what she wants.
Violet in Private is Melissa Walker's most frank, profound, and honest book yet. Violet's fears concerning her new life are completely valid and within reach for many girls, even as her old life refuses to release its tenuous hold on her. The topic of weight and eating is once again breached, but this time Violet is strong in her decisions, and instead has to fend off those who would degrade her for them...with mixed reactions.
It is evident that this series is evolving into something much more than simply a story of a young model and the troubles that come with being one, but is a coming of age story as Violet takes the long way to find her purpose in life and turn her short modeling career into something that is much more rewarding and positive and has a longer lasting effect than a span of a few years. Though it would have been interesting to see more character development in a few of the minor characters, Violet in Private is a shining example of how one girl can take negativity and turn it into something beautiful.
Check back every Thursday this month for special Violet-themed features and for visits by the author, Melissa Walker! And don't forget to pick up a copy of Violet in Private! If you're new to the series, start with Violet on the Runway!