Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani


I'm marooned.


Left to rot in boarding school . . .

Viola doesn't want to go to boarding school, but somehow she ends up at 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 the sherbet-colored sweater capital of the world.


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 it there. She resorts to viewing the world (and hiding) behind the lens of her video camera.

Boarding school, though, 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.


I have been ecstatic to read this novel, since it first showed up in my mailbox a few months ago thanks to the extremely nice, Adriana. And let me tell you, I was no where close to being disappointed by the end of this darling book titled Viola In Reel Life.

Viola, as well as her boarding school friends, were characters that I found easy to relate to. Since not only are the same exact age as me but she faced a lot of problems that me and my friends, as well as girls around the globe are going through. Such as boy trouble ( her best boy friend at home or the new charming boy?), making friends in a place were no one knows you, and finding your place in this crazy world. This all made this a great coming of age novel with a mix of girl power and cute boys.

The plot was yet anther high point. Mostly because I loved her "Viola Reels Diary" as well as reading about her journey of writing and directing a short film. Also, Adriana's writing was fast paced and addicting, making this a quick read for me, which is pretty amazing right now considering the loads and loads of homework I have.

In all, Viola in Reel Life is a sweet story that I suggest to girls everywhere looking for a great new read to transition them into the fall back to school season. Also, I can't wait to see where Adriana takes Viola and her friends next in the second installment, which is hopefully coming out soon. =)

Grade: A

* As mentioned above much thanks goes to Adriana for sending me a copy of this novel!


  1. Hi :)
    Thanks for a great review. I hadn't heard of VIOLA IN REEL LIFE before and now I must have it & read it!
    All the best,

  2. Great review! I've heard nothing but great things about this book, I can't wait to get started on my own copy(:

  3. Loved reading the review! And dido with Kelsey, I only read good things about the book. It really sounds like a great story to read.

  4. This one sounds SO fun. I must have. :) Great review - I can tell you're really and truly enthusiastic about it. Yay!

  5. I have been curious about this one. I'm glad you liked it. I hope I get the chance to read it soon :)


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