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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

Title: Viola in Reel Life
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Age Group: Teens
# of Pages: 288
My Rating: 3/5

The idea of being at a boarding school away from home is different for many people. Viola, a young girl who is passionate about filming, doesn't want to be alone in a new environment when she has no choice but to go to an all-girls boarding school as her parents work abroad.

Rooming with three other girls, Viola eventually learns to adapt to her new life and begins to understand the meaning of friendship.

I think Viola's personality works as a ninth grader. Sometimes you can't help but think that she could be smarter than she already is. Then again, she is still new to the concept of being by herself and learning to live on her own. There were times where I found her to be a little spoiled and whiny, but she was okay for the most part; there could have been more to her as a character though. I do however like how dedicated she is with her favourite hobby, filming.

There was only this one part that bothered me the most in the story and it was Viola's relationship with Jared, a boy from an all-boys boarding school nearby. They met at a party for the first time when their schools came together. Then right after, they kissed within an hour or so and were "dating". Quick relationships like that bothers me a lot in any novel. Without proper interaction that would lead up to a relationship, I don't consider it much as a relationship. I do however think Viola learned a lesson near the end with the little "romance" of hers.

I was somewhat bored for the majority of the time during the novel. It had a difficult time grabbing my attention because I couldn't find myself looking forward to anything in it. This is where a plot in a realistic novel can get tricky. With no paranormal activity or some hero's quest, the author would have to find some sort of realistic problem that the audience would be interested in. This is where Viola in Reel Life lacked, therefore making it a less enjoyable read for me since everything was so bland.

Viola in Reel Life is not a bad read, easy to breeze by. It is a read for those who wants to follow the lives of the protagonist in a simple real life situation rather than have a thick, complicated plot. If you would like a little preview of the novel, click here.

Review ARC copy provided by HarperCollins.

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1 comment:

MissAttitude said...

Hmm good review, it sounds ok. I like stories with a plot line that is exciting and interesting. This book sounds more like a library book than go out and buy book.
Quick relationships are so ugh!
I really like the cover though and boarding school books can be really good (I love the Private series!)