Thursday, July 29, 2010

Review: Viola in Reel LIfe

Against her will, Viola must attend an all girls boarding school in Indiana for her first year of high school. She misses New York City desperately, including her BFFAA (and always) Andrew.

She lives in a room with three other girls and she's completely miserable. Viola doesn't want to become involved in school life and yet she feels left out when her roommates band together for breakfast.

The only thing that makes her happy is to film her misery and her world at school for documentation - and to explain her life to her best friends in New York. When other students see her filming, they ask for her help on a school project. Soon she's immersed in film technology and having a good time.

Her roommates pointed out her Debbie-downer attitude and she promises to attempt to change. Viola spends more time being social and hanging out with her roommates, going to classes, and attempting to be part of the school. When her roommates force her to go to the ninth grade dance with the neighboring all boys school, she meets a boy would might be her first boyfriend.

With all these changes, will she start finally to feel at home at Prefect Academy?

My Thoughts: A cute story about finding yourself far from home and discovering new pieces of yourself. I love how Viola wallows in her misery, but also how she's determined to change and make the best of things. I can't wait to read the next book.

The Cover: Great! I can see Viola on the first day with her yellow shoes and camera - recording the world.

Source: My Library

Fun Fact: I've seen several adults come into the YA room of my library looking for this book which always makes me smile.

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