Tuesday, 22 June 2010

TEEN: Viola in Reel Life - Adriana Trigiani


Viola doesn't want to go to boarding school, but somehow she ends up at Prefect Academy, 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 what seems to be the sherbet-coloured-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 being at Prefect. She resorts to viewing the world (and hiding) behind the lens of her video camera. But boarding school is nothing like Viola thought it would be, and she soon realises that 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.


OK, lets be brutal here. When this offering landed I really wasn’t expecting to much out of the deal. After all, the book blurb wasn’t the type of thing that normally grabs me but since I was at a loose end I decided to give it a go.

What I discovered within was a tale of friendship, of growing up and above all learning from mistakes whilst learning to cope with the changes that life throws at you. It’s beautifully written, the prose almost as if the principle protagonista were an old friend which really sells this title to the readers. Add to the mix a touch of young love, some heartbreak and a new environment for our heroine and it’s a title that shows that you can adapt to anything with good friends/family to help you through. A magical experience and one that I hope a great many others will give a fair crack of the whip to. I will definitely keep an eye out for more by Adriana.

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