Viola in the Spotlight

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Viola in the Spotlight

Viola in Reel Life

I really enjoyed reading this book. If you had to think of one phrase to suit the plot: it was a coming of age story. In fact, it reminded me of times when I was young. This book can be taken mainly as a young adult book, but it can fit for people who want to recall their teenage years. There were conversations in the story which could be a tool for adults wanting to initiate conversations with their teens. There was tension throughout most of the book regarding a young lady wanting to sneak time away with her "boyfriend". She did things out of character (for her), which worries the adults and her friends. There were several plots inside this book, which keeps a reader enthralled with the story. Also, there was no bad language, nothing with sexual undertones (unless you count first kisses). Very age appropriate. If I had to rename this novel, I'd call it "The Things I Wish My Parents and I Had Talked About When I Was a Teenager."

What I didn't like could be summed up: too happy. There were several instances when a serious situation occurred and it seemed a little flat. Take the plot regarding the death of one of the characters. All the right stories were there, but after the funeral it felt a little flat (like the author had struggled with this situation); the young ladies were depressed, but within a couple of hours (especially for the daughter) they were happy and put aside this situation. There was one other instance, but I'd rather let you decide. Other than this issue, I felt overall this novel was outstanding and deserves the score I gave it.

Book Blurb for Viola in the Spotlight

I am in the midst of a conundrum.

Viola is finally where she belongs—back home in Brooklyn, where there are no khakis or sherbet-colored sweaters and people actually think her yellow flats are cool. With two whole months of nothing to do but hang with her two best friends, Andrew and Caitlin, this is going to be the best break ever!

But her BFFAA, Andrew, has started acting weird around her, and a new boyfriend has her friend Caitlin ditching her every chance she gets. When Viola's roommates from Prefect Academy show up for a visit, she starts to wonder—is Brooklyn where she wants to stay? When a tragic event shakes everyone's world, Viola realizes it's not where she belongs that matters—it's who she's with that really counts.

In this heartwarming follow-up to bestselling author Adriana Trigiani's teen debut, Viola in Reel Life, Viola just may be ready to get out from behind her trusty video camera and take the starring role in her own life.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2011 4.75