Viola in Reel Life by Adriana TrigianiViola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

Viola in Reel Life

byAdriana Trigiani

Paperback | February 1, 2011

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I'm marooned.
Abandoned.
Left to rot in boarding school . . .

There are four reasons why Viola Chesterton knows she'll never survive her first year at Prefect Academy:

  • Her parents have heartlessly dropped her there against her will
  • She has to leave behind her Best Friend Forever And Always, Andrew
  • . . . and replace him with three new roommates who, disturbingly, actually seem to like it there
  • "There" is South Bend, Indiana—Sherbet-Colored Sweater Capital of the World and about as far away from her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, as you can get

At least she has her video camera and her dreams of being a filmmaker to keep her busy. But boarding school, and her roommates, and even the Midwest are nothing like she thought they would be, and soon Viola realizes 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.

Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for fifteen bestsellers, including the blockbuster epicThe Shoemaker's Wife; the Big Stone Gap series;Lucia, Lucia; the Valentine series; the Viola series for young adults; and the bestselling memoirDon't Sing at the Table. Trigiani reaches new heights withAll the Star...
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Title:Viola in Reel LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061451045

ISBN - 13:9780061451041

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

Customer Reviews of Viola in Reel Life

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Viola I enjoyed this a lot of the time, though I would have rather had more scenes with Andrew, and I wished Jared hadn’t been so predictable, I wanted him to be a more complicated character. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VIOLA IN REEL LIFE On September 3, 2009, fourteen-year-old Viola Chesterton finds herself unhappy after being dropped off in South Bend, Indiana which Viola refers to as the: “...dust bowl of Indiana”, at “The Prefect Academy For Young Women Since 1890.” Viola’s parents are off in Afghanistan for a year making a documentary about Afghan women forcing them to pull her from her home in Brooklyn, New York. This was not going to be an easy or comfortable change for Viola. Convinced she was going to be unhappy, and feeling “marooned” and “abandoned”, Viola figures her family will miss her long before her year at the all-girls boarding school is up, and will rush to bring her home. If she can’t convince them through her words, then as an amateur photography and movie maker who never leaves her camera behind, she decides she’ll express her unhappiness through film. It gives her little consolation when she realizes that: “...parents have been dumping their girls here for a solid education since bustle skirts, high-top shoes, and the invention of the cotton gin” and Viola sees the Academy as her “personal prison.” Used to being an only child and not having to share, Viola decides to take a middle stance and not be “...too quick to make friends” as she doesn’t want to be stuck with a ‘best friend forever’ or viewed as the “...most annoying person on the planet” and is soon introduced to her three roommates. But, as the girls get to know each other and become acquainted, what Viola begins to learn is that sometimes what we term as “family” isn’t what we think. During her journey through boarding school, Viola not only makes some friends, discovers some things about herself and her family, survives her first boyfriend, but learns that good things do happen to people like her and growing up is sometimes hard to do. Ms. Trigiani’s talent is amazing!! It doesn't matter if she's writing adult fiction or young adult fiction, all her novels are page-turners! I felt like I was with the group every step of the way, like I had been transported into the pages of the novel!! This novel is for anyone, young or old, male or female and will leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2009-11-14

Editorial Reviews

“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 ever–shifting bonds of friendship and the adjustment to one’s first taste of life away from home.”