I love Melissa Walker’s series about a rather ordinary teenage girl from North Carolina who becomes a high fashion model. The concept is fun, the characters are amazing, and the writing is sharp. That’s remained a constant in all three books. I didn’t love this latest one quite as much as the other two, but I still loved it, as will other Violet fans. In this latest installment, Violet has decided to quit the modeling world and go to college like a normal nineteen-year-old. She’s going to Vassar, where she hopes for anonymity, despite her loose ends in the fashion world.
Of course, that doesn’t quite work out. If everything was great, where would the story be? Violet is trying to stay true to herself despite pressures from the modeling world, and also try to figure out who she is on her own. She doesn’t want to be the wallflower she was in high school, but she also doesn’t want to be a model whose every move could make it into the tabloids, and who, despite an ad campaign to promote loving your body, is pressured to be unhealthily thin. Anyway, besides those issues, Violet has to deal with her feelings for her best friend, Roger–and his bubbly older girlfriend, Teen Fashionista reporter Chloe.
I really like the way Melissa Walker handles issues like body image with relation to fashion. It’s a great message, but not one that is in any way pushed on the reader–it’s totally part of the story. Of course, I love catching up with my favorite characters here, and meeting a new favorite character in Kurt! Melissa Walker creates such awesome characters. She’s just great in general, a brilliant writer. These books (VIP being no exception–great acronym, huh?) just draw me in an completely capture my attention for an afternoon…And then the whole next day as I wonder what happens to the characters after the last page. I would hate for this to be the last book about Violet Greenfield. Here’s to hoping for number four!