Showing posts with label Viola in Reel Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Viola in Reel Life. Show all posts

Friday, May 6, 2011

Viola in Reel Life - Now on Audiobook

I love the cover art for this welcome release on audio book of Adriana Trigiani's Viola in Reel Life.

Viola in Reel Life, narrated by Laurel Lefkow is published by Whole Story Audio Books and was released on 1 May.

When fourteen-year-old Viola Chesterton is sent to Prefect Academy, an all-girls school far away from her home, she doesn’t think she will survive the year. So she resorts to viewing the world behind the lens of her video camera. But at Prefect Academy, Viola may be in for the most incredible year of her life, as long as she puts the camera down and let the world in.

My review of the paperback release is here.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Review: Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani (April 2010, Simon & Schuster Childrens Books, ISBN: 1847389260)

First Line: You would not want to be me.

Review: Fourteen year old Viola Chesterton is sent from her home in Brooklyn to South Bend, Indiana, to stay for a year at the Prefect Academy (for girls) whilst her documentary-film-maker parents go on a lengthy assignment in Afghanistan.

Needless to say Viola is not happy at leaving her family, friends, school and potential boyfriend and initially is determined to be miserable. Fortunately her three room-mates encourage her to change her attitude and she finds that her skills with her camera may just change her life.

Viola in Reel Life is a heart-warming read, a feel-good book, a fairy-tale even. Contrary to what I was expecting, it's not full of conflict and angst rather it's just Viola growing up amongst a very supportive set of friends. At first Viola isn't particularly likeable but she mellows out. Whilst at boarding school, Viola experiences her first dance, her first boyfriend and makes her first film. These events are told at a steady pace, with no real tension, except near the end, but it's a very pleasant read. There is a touch of the supernatural that pushes Viola in one direction but it's very slight. I enjoyed Viola in Reel Life, and I'll certainly read the follow up, Viola in the Spotlight published next year, so that I can meet her New York friends which include her best friend Andrew.