I am in the midst of a conundrum.
Viola is finally where she belongsâ€”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 wonderâ€”is Brooklyn where she wants to stay? When a tragic event shakes everyone’s world, Viola realizes it’s not where she belongs that mattersâ€”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.
(text courtesy of HarperTeen)
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Critical Praise for Viola in Reel Life (the prequel to Viola in the Spotlight)
Praise for Viola in Reel Life: â€śA cold, snowy winter, a ghost mystery, kisses, cookies, roommates, a video diary, a film competition, and Violaâ€™s crack-me-up-every time observations all make this an endearing coming of age storyâ€¦exceptionally fun.â€ť â€”Richie’s Picks
â€śBest-selling adult author Trigiani nicely captures boarding-school bonding, adolescent female insecurities, and current teen trends. Fun, breezy, and full of subtle life lessons.â€ť â€”Booklist
â€śA sweet, character-driven story. Viola is very real, as are her feelings, hopes, desires, and dreams.â€ť
â€”School Library Journal
â€śThis book reminds each of us that a fish out of water really can find a new pond! Read it to remind yourself that your friends really do teach you something new every day.â€ť â€”Justine Magazine
â€śSarah Dessen for middle schoolâ€¦Trigiani deftly shows that teenage girls can be independent, have positive selfâ€“images, and be happy.â€ť â€”Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)