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Viola in Reel Life Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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“A sweet, character-driven story. Viola is very real, as are her feelings, hopes, desires, and dreams.” (School Library Journal)
“This book reminds each of us that a fish out of water really can find a new pond! Read it to remind yourself that your friends really do teach you something new every day.” (Justine Magazine)
“Sarah Dessen for middle school…Trigiani deftly shows that teenage girls can be independent, have positive self-images, and be happy.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“Best-selling adult author Trigiani nicely captures boarding-school bonding, adolescent female insecurities, and current teen trends. Fun, breezy, and full of subtle life lessons, this is a good follow-up or prequel to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.” (Booklist)
“Trigiani (Big Stone Gap) takes the familiar boarding school milieu and gives it some welcome nuance and a refreshingly grounded feel in her debut YA work. [She] offers a realistic look at the evershifting bonds of friendship and the adjustment to one’s first taste of life away from home.” (Publishers Weekly)
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Viola's adjustment to life in South Bend, Indiana fascinated me, and I was eager for her to fit in right from chapter one. The way she adapts and gives her new school a try really made me think about how I live my own life, and how new experiences can be good -- daunting, but worthwhile in the end. Suzanne, Marisol and Romy, the roommates she meets at The Prefect Academy For Girls, are exactly the type of friends I would have wanted in ninth grade. They're supportive, individual and, most importantly, unwaveringly loyal to each other. They bring Viola out of her snarky shell, and help her in her quest to become a successful filmmaker.
The boys in this book are both sweet and infuriating. Andrew, Viola's BFF from back home in Brooklyn, is brought to us through the use of IM messages, which manage to get his personality across surprisingly well. I hope he has a part in the rest of the series, as I really want to know what's going on in his head. First boyfriend Jared is one of those boys that seems great on the outside, but underneath, he's not all he's cracked up to be. I thought Viola's relationship was very realistic, and representative of a lot of first outings into the world of romance.
Trigiani has completely hooked me with this book, Viola's endearing Brooklyn background, and her ninth grade stint in Indiana. I heard that the next three books will all be from a different character's point of view, and I can't wait to find out what happens to this captivating group of girls, as they continue to experience new things and shape each other's lives.
This is the first book that I have read of Adriana Trigiani, but it won't be my last. Her writing was witty and amazing. I was laughing for most of the book. I was really glad that Viola adjusted to boarding school. Suzanne, Marisol and Romy were amazing roommates. They reminded me a lot of friends that I had as a freshmen. Trigiani was able to bring Andrew's personality and Jared was also interesting. I am definitely going to have to read her other books soon. It was a great coming of age novel and I really enjoyed it. I recommend checking it out.
Alas, this is where we find Viola... in Indiana at the Prefect Academy for Young Women. An especially hard transition, especially when your home is Brooklyn, New York!
Viola is definitely suffering from culture shock ...goodbye bustling metropolis...hello endless fields of corn! When she gets to school and decides to film the building and grounds, she later discovers a mysterious image of a ghostly lady in red in her footage. This isn't something she's really anxious to disclose to anyone...especially her new roommates who might think shes a little crazy.
At first Viola is resistant to bonding with her roommates, in fact she is dead set on getting a single room when one comes available. She just wants to do her time and then get back to Brooklyn and her best friends Andrew (so what if he's a guy, he still her BFFAA) and Caitlin.
I really enjoyed this book and I especially enjoyed how the main focus of the book was about Viola and how she deals with new friends, being away from home and focusing on what she loves to do best...filming with her camera. Don't get me wrong, I love the romance as much as the next gal (and we find that here in this story too) but its nice to have it be a side story with the main focus being on a strong female lead and the relationships she builds on her new journey.
Wonderful writing and a little bit of something for everyone, friendship, romance and even a little mystery! Appropriate for middle school and up.
VIOLA IN REEL LIFE tells the story of 14-year-old Viola Chesterton, a talented and warmhearted Brooklyn girl who loves nothing more than to look at life through the viewfinder of her video camera. An aspiring filmmaker, she is less than thrilled when her parents, who are documentary filmmakers, deposit her in an Indiana boarding school while they head off to film in Afghanistan. A New Yorker through and through, she's convinced she'll die without the charms of Greenwich Village, Chinese food and her BFF Andrew. However, landing in South Bend may not be the end of the world after all. She learns that her three new roommates have quite a bit to offer in terms of friendship, and she finds that her skills as a filmmaker have an opportunity to shine in an upcoming film contest. She even meets a boy....
As with Trigiani's other novels, the strength of VIOLA IN REEL LIFE lies with its characters. Viola is fun and smart, and not afraid to take some chances in life. Trigiani's ear for teen dialogue seems pretty on the mark as well --- with the exception that Viola is a lot more comfortable with a first date/first kiss situation than I ever was at that age!
The pacing may seem slow to fans wrapped up in the Twilight craze, but this in part could be due to the fact that VIOLA IN REEL LIFE is the first book in a planned series.Read more ›
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It was a great book! All about a teenage girl going to boarding school in South Bend, Indiana. She also made a short film about May McGlynn, the actress who died in a plane crash... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Frankie
After reading reviews for Viola in Reel Life, I wasn't really expecting so much from this book however, those same reviews made me appreciate Voila more. I liked it. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Nana Lee
I love Adriana Trigiani's work and was several pages in before I realized this was for younger readers! I finished it anyway and relived my own years away from home at school. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Becky Crabtree
I read these two Viola books to see how Adriana handled "books for Young Ladies" She just keeps raising the bar of excellence.
I am a huge fan. Read more
Very interesting insider view of Manhattan life and the inner workings of a Broadway show.Published 7 months ago by JAMES J. BOVE
Easy, very good reading. It is probably intended for younger readers but since I am a fan of Adrianna Trigianni, I thoroughly enjoyed a book with no "foul" language.Published 7 months ago by Mary Neill Rogers