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The Compulsive Reader: August Book of the Month: Violet in Private by Melissa Walker

Thursday, August 7, 2008

August Book of the Month: Violet in Private by Melissa Walker


Hello again,
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!

15 comments:

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I need these books!! I keep stating that, but it's true.... I will read them though. I will i will! And I love Melissa, so yay for stuff focusing on her/the books this month!!!


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Book Chic said...

These books are so awesome- I love them!! :) And Melissa's really sweet too.

ChickLit Teens said...

I need to read these books! They are everywhere an they look so great!

constantlywishing said...

Love these books, like I have stated many a time before. I just think the characters are so real and alive in this last book...they are really beginning to come into adulthood, properly. That is what makes VIP so wonderful!

<3 Kate

Nicole from MySpace said...

I'm with those that have said they still need to read the Violet books! I will get to them SOON I promise! I have a very long list of "get-to's"...the books do sound good though! I <3 NYC so I will enjoy reading them with all of the NYC references...can't wait!

Bunny B said...

I've read so many great reviews about this series! I wanna read 'em! But first, gotta win 'em all :P

Josie said...

Sounds like a great book...
Can't wait to read it!

diana said...

I cannot wait for this book. It sounds fabulous ;)
~bella aire~

Stephanie {theDizzy} said...

Every Thursday! How neat!

Mrs. V said...

I will definately read these books soon. It can be a nice treat since my summer break is over. I can read them to relax while I get back into the swing of the school year!

Kris said...

I can't wait to read the Violet books but my local store didn't have the first when I was last there and I like reading from the beginning...

But now that she's going to attend Vassar, I might just have to order them online! Vassar is gorgeous and right near Marist (the school I attended) and where I live.

Liz Burnett said...

Not only have I read many reviews, I have a friend that is crazy about you! Keep up the great books!

lovelygirl said...

i still haven't gotten my hands on these books! and yay for august book of the month!

Melissa Walker said...

Thanks for having me, Tirzah!

Lenore said...

YAY for Violet!