My Little Pocketbooks: Review: Viola In the Spotlight   

Monday, April 9, 2012

Review: Viola In the Spotlight

Viola In the Spotlight 
Genre: Young Teen Fiction
Series: Viola in Reel Life; Book 2
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Hardcover: 288 pages

Source: Purchased at Border's Bookstore (During the closing sale years ago)
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Description
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.
 I first heard of Adriana Trigiani when I was watching Good Morning in America and she was promoting Viola In Reel Life (Book 1).  I thought it was a great idea to have the main character into film and filming her life at boarding school.  Several months later, when I was shopping at Barnes & Nobles I remembered the book.  But they were out and I was not in the mood for waiting.  Some time later, I finally broke down and ordered it from Amazon.  The first book was cute and a nice light read that gave a great overview of Viola in boarding school.  
So when I ran across this book at Border's, I had to get it!  
Book 2 is all about Viola's summer back home in New York.  She misses her friends from school but she is so glad to be home with her family and friends.  Viola has had her first boyfriend and her first breakup and comes home a little wiser.  Adriana writes a good clean story.  There are no love triangles, just high school crushes.  Viola and her parents have a great relationship full of communication and so do her friends.  Except for one but the right thing always prevails.  Grand, Viola's grandmother is a Broadway actress and brings a glamorous prospective to her situations.  It is a really cute story with one or two small kisses. 
I recommend this book for all ages.
This is book number 3 in my Dusty Bookshelf Challenge
This book is number 5 in my 2012 Good Reads Challenge
This book is number 7 in my 2012 TBR Reading Pile
Other Books In the Series
Did you read this book?  What did you think of it?

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