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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Book Review: Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 288
From: Author

Summary: I'm marooned. Abandoned. Left to rot in boarding school . . .Viola doesn't want to go to boarding school, but somehow she ends up at an all-girls school in South Bend, Indiana, far, far away from her home in Brooklyn, New York. Now Viola is stuck for a whole year in the sherbet-colored sweater capital of the world. Ick. There's no way Viola's going to survive the year—especially since she has to replace her best friend Andrew with three new roommates who, disturbingly, actually seem to like it there. She resorts to viewing the world (and hiding) behind the lens of her video camera. Boarding school, though, and her roommates and even the Midwest are nothing like she thought they would be, and soon Viola realizes she may be in for the most incredible year of her life. But first she has to put the camera down and let the world in.

My Review: Viola in Reel Life was a super cute read! Adriana did a great job bringing Brooklyn, New York attitude to South Bend, Indiana. Viola was a spinning image of a typical artsy New Yorker, who is really talented but moody at times. I understand why Viola was feeling homesick because as a New Yorker myself I can't picture myself living anywhere but here. So, it was refreshing to actually relate to a character in that way. Viola's first love was her camera and she enjoyed taking pictures and making films. Viola and her friends in Indiana were very mature for their age that I would forget they were only fourteen! Growing with Viola was fun especially her experiences with having a first time boyfriend (which ended up to be blah!) and making a movie hit for a school contest. Overall very cute read, I liked Viola and the close knit family she made in boarding school. This book proves you can make close friends wherever you go as long as your open minded to it.
My Rating: 4.2 out of 5


Jacqueline C. said...

Glad you liked it! Hopefully I'll get to this one this weekend.

suzie said...

I have a copy of this and am looking forward to reading it. I love the cover :)

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I would have thought, not another boarding school read but this sounds like fun!

Faye said...

i like the cover, I WANT her shoes!!! i love photography too, but i need a better camera.IDK about boarding schools. I really want 2 read this book now :D

Falling Off The Shelf said...

Sounds like a cute read! I love the cover.

I'm from NY also, although I'm from Long Island :) Was born there, raised in PA..ugh. I did go back for a few years, but am here again in PA...and I HATE

So much more to do in NY.

Book Butterfly (Kim) said...

I just finished this one last night and I thought it was so adorable. I heard that in the sequels she is writing from the point of view of a different roommate. I hope that's true, that sounds so awesome!

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