Monday, 31 August 2009

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

From Amazon: When fourteen-year-old Viola is sent from her beloved Brooklyn to boarding school in Indiana for ninth grade, she overcomes her initial reservations as she makes friends with her roommates, goes on a real date, and uses the unsettling ghost she keeps seeing as the subject of a short film—her first.

Viola in Reel Life is the first book I've read by Adriana Trigiani, and it definitely won't be my last. Her witty writing had me laughing all the way through Viola's story, and I loved every minute of it.

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.

10 comments:

Book Chick City said...

Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the review!

Luisa said...

It sounds like something I'd love. Thank you very much for highlighting it for me! Great review!

The Book Owl said...

Great review! I'm so excited to read this.

Yan said...

I really thought this book was quite good :D but the BFFAA was aggravating because I need to know what happens between these two!

LovesSam said...

This is a fab review, thanks for following me back, btw!! hope this rain stops :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This sounds really good. I wasn't to bethered before, but now I'm convinced!

Amy said...

This sounds good! Great review!

The Book Owl said...

I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for an award at my blog here:
http://thebookowl.blogspot.com/2009/08/my-first-award.html

I understand that some of the people I nominated already have this award, and that's okay. This is simply to show that I enjoy your blog.

Charley said...

This one came in today at the bookstore where I work, and I jotted it down on a post-it as one to remember. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. I hope to read it soon.

Ladytink_534 said...

I'm not sure if I would have wanted to go to an all girl's school during my high school years. Public school had it's ups and downs but I have fond memories regardless. For some reason I like to read about characters in private schools like this though so I may have to give this neat-sounding series a try!