Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Book Review: Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani


Viola is abandoned by her parents in the middle of nowhere, while they go off to make movies. Well, not the middle of nowhere, but compared to Brooklyn, South Bend, Indiana is the middle of nowhere. And her parents aren't living the Hollywood life, rather they are in Afghanistan working on a documentary. There was no way they could film with her there, and Afghanistan would not be safe for Viola.

Instead, Viola will be at the Prefect Academy for Young Women for the next year, and while she may wish she were in New York, she's stuck in Indiana. Her mother has fond memories of the Prefect Academy, and thinks that Viola will love it there. Viola thinks this will be the worst year ever. Viola, an only child, is now stuck with three other roommates and a chipper Resident Advisor, and no friends.

Through her love of film, Viola finds a place at PA, makes some great friends, and even has some fun. It may not be Brooklyn, but the Prefect Academy starts to feel like home, once Viola relaxes and becomes part of the school. Being sent away for a year is not the end of Viola's life. You'll love her honesty, realistic voice and wish you had roommates as cool as Marisol, Romy and Suzanne.

Fans of light realistic fiction are going to enjoy Viola in Reel Life, as well as aspiring directors, writers and cinematographers.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Reading Jumping off Swings)

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