Thursday Review: Violet in Private by Melissa Walker

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The Blurb:

The return of Violet, the not-so-confident model.

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, 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?

My review:

I loved this book. Really, truly loved it, which is so strange because I wasn’t that big of a fan of book one (though I did like book two more). This book did a fantastic job of showing Violet’s growth (as well as every other character introduced in book one) and introduced some fantastic new characters, and had a steady plot. The ending did not wrap everything up in a nice neat bow, but felt resolved (best kind of ending). I love that none of the characters were perfect and none of the characters were 1000 percent evil (except her agent). Each character was crafted with realism and three dimensional flaws and strengths that worked together to show growth overtime. Some of the most annoying things about the characters introduced two books ago as teens became their best attributes. Really great job on character development all around.

One thing that I think made this book such a great read is that the author captured that feeling or reconciling the different aspects of your life once you hit college so well. Violet always struggled with her identity as a model versus her identity with her friends and family in her hometown. College gave her the opportunity to craft an identity that blended the best of both worlds and the lessons she learned there.

Surprisingly good read.

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