Author: Melody Carlson
Series: On the Runway
Published: February 15, 2011
Paige and Erin are back for the fifth installment of the On the Runway series and things are just as crazy as before. Paige’s engagement to Dylan Marceau shocked the fashion world and Runway fans. Even though Paige seems to be happy, Erin can’t but wonder if the engagement is true love or just a desire for attention and publicity. As Paige’s love life takes off, Erin starts to feel pressure from Blake to become more than friends. But she doesn’t know if she’s ready.
Amidst all this, they still have their TV show and all the drama that comes with it. As they prepare for a trip to the Bahamas they realize that paradise isn’t all its cracked up to be storms of different calibers and types. Will they be able to do the right thing in a business that encourages the worst? Or will they crack and put aside their virtue for fame?
As I’ve mentioned before, Melody Carlson is by far one of my favorite, if not my favorite young adult author. She has a knack for expressing just how teens feel and act. This book is no different. She perfectly expresses how a Christian teen would feel in the spotlight trying to hold on to her values. It’s amazing how accurate her books are.
Another thing this author is great at is making her characters realistic. She makes the characters’ struggles understandable and believable. They make mistakes, they learn, the struggle. It makes her characters that much more likable. The character development isn’t a massive part of the story, just because character development was pretty much already established in the first four books of the series.
Romance is still under construction in this book, Paige has a fiancé, their mom is married now, but Erin’s relationship with Blake is still in question. I can’t help but root for that relationship I work out. The author left a question mark on that topic, hopefully it gets worked out in the next book.
One of my favorite parts of this book is the light that the author paints fashion. She basically puts that fashion isn’t wrong, even for Christians. That it’s actually a good way to share your faith and make a difference in the industry. It makes me, and those who read this, rethink any opinions that they have about fashion.
Overall, this the best installment of this series yet. I highly recommend this series for any teen or preteen girl who likes fashion. I give this book a four out of five.
*I received this complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*