Fourteen year old Viola is perfectly content surrounded by the scenes of Brooklyn, NY, learning the in’s and out’s of professional film making from her documentary filmaker parents, and sharing her dreams and asperations with her best friend Andrew. Then, her parents have to ruin it all by leaving her in “nowhere” (South Bend) Indiana at an all-girls school crowded with a bunch of kids that just don’t get her. For her FRESHMAN year of high school, nonetheless!
Told through the eyes of a young teenager, Viola in Reel Life captures the doubts, insecurities and unavoidable challenges of growing older that every teen must face. Author Adriana Trigiani weaves the story together with Viola’s difficult transition from NY to Indiana, includes a chilling side story about a mysterious woman who seems to be following Viola, and encourages readers to embrace their passions and meet their dreams head-on.
*This is located in the Young Adult Department of the library. Suggested for middle school and up.
Reviewed by Ericka
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