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Avalon High

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  37,219 Ratings  ·  1,934 Reviews
To newcomer Ellie, Avalon High seems like a typical American high school, complete with jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, and even the obligatory senior class president, quarterback, and all-around good guy. But it doesn't take Ellie long to suspect that something weird is going on beneath the glossy surface of this tranquil hall of learning. As she pieces together the meaning o ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Emily Anne Depends on what you're looking for. If you enjoy a forced romance, a semi-predictable twist or two (one of which almost made me throw the book at the…moreDepends on what you're looking for. If you enjoy a forced romance, a semi-predictable twist or two (one of which almost made me throw the book at the wall), summer fun, and characters that have been written half a million times before, this is your book. If not, I'd suggest walking on by. (less)
Emily Anne There have been three visual novels, which Meg Cabot says are the sequels, but no full length books like this. Most likely, there won't be any more…moreThere have been three visual novels, which Meg Cabot says are the sequels, but no full length books like this. Most likely, there won't be any more adventures in Avalon, since the visual novels pretty much wrapped up the story.(less)
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Aug 02, 2007 Namratha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rachel
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ya-lit
New girl in town, Elaine ‘Ellie’ Harrison can’t believe her astounding luck! Senior class president cum star-QB cum all-around-nice-guy, A.Will Wagner shows more than just a passing interest in her. A bit surprising, considering the fact that he’s hotter than hell and is dating the stunningly pretty cheer-leader, Jennifer Gold. Little does Ellie know that when Will says, “I feel we have met before in a different lifetime”, it’s more than just a cheesy line!!!

Unlikely as it seems, the “Legend o
Jul 13, 2011 Erica rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: young adults
I wasn't that impressed. I get frustrated with books that try extremely hard to prove they are hip and modern. While dealing with subject matter from Arthurian legend, I had hoped this would be an interesting retelling while holding the charm of the original stories. Not so much. That's pretty much all I can say about it.
Jan 29, 2016 Muse-ic rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Oh, that was so much fun! I loved the parallels in the story to King Arthur's tale!
This is definitely one of my favorite Meg Cabot books.

Elaine's character is similar to Meg's other female characters, but significantly more intelligent and extremely less annoying. I cannot tell you what a relief that was.

She wasn't like hanging around waiting for the answers to present themselves to her and/or being so blind to the obvious truth.
No. Elaine figured it out almost immediate once presented with the
Mar 01, 2016 Tatiana marked it as abandoned
Shelves: ya, 2016, book-club
I might have liked it 5 years ago, but at this point of my YA journey, I've completely outgrown Meg Cabot's books.
Jan 12, 2011 Flannery rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: diehard Meg Cabot fans; people who love Arthurian legend
Recommended to Flannery by: SCB TBR 2011 - Pick One; Albie
Thanks to Albie for picking this for me to read! Now I know it was just okay and I can get it out of my house! Alas, I think my enjoyment of this book was severely hampered by my recent viewing of the Disney made-for-TV movie based on the book. There were lots of changes in the movie (including the name of the MAIN CHARACTER) that were frustrating and a lot of the plot was different as well. After Insatiable and this, I'm kind of disheartened about Meg Cabot's books--I always enjoyed her adult b ...more
Feb 15, 2009 Esther rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! It was awesome:D
Lisa is Busy Nerding
in a sentence: ellie (new girl at new school, thanks to her professor parents on sabbatical) meets will, the potential reincarnation of king arthur (and serious hottie). let the fun begin!

this was seriously one of the most fun, enjoyable, and sweet stories i have ever heard. i listened to it in the car, and i found myself laughing out loud, smiling, and sometimes even gasping while listening! ellie, the main character and narrator, was very relatable, and you felt as if you were her best friend
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You don't have to know and enjoy the legend of King Arthur to fully appreciate AVALON HIGH, but it probably helps. Meg Cabot has taken the legend of Arthur and the main people in his lives--Merlin, the magician and guardian of young Arthur; the Lady of the Lake, who gave Arthur his magical sword, Excalibur; Guinevere, Arthur's wife and Queen; his most esteemed knight, Sir Lancelot; Mordred, Arthur's half-brother; and the elusive Elaine of Astolat, the Lady of S
Jan 20, 2010 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2009
Wow, so many people think that this book was terrible. Come on, what did you think it was going to be, total in-depth dissection? I personally enjoyed it. It was laid-back whilst still being exciting.

The only two things I dislike about that novel are that, one, for a supposedly practical person, etc, Ellie thinks too much about seeing Will when she's only just met him. Then again, it's part of the plot, so I don't know what I'm going on about that for. I don't know. I guess Cabot should have dra
Aug 07, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes spunky heroines and Arthurian echoes
Recommended to Jennifer by: Heather
Shelves: read-young-adult
Okay. I admit it. I'm a sucker for any variation of the Arthurian legend and this was a fun, modern spin on the story you think you know. Ellie Harrison has just moved from St. Paul, Minnesota to Annapolis, Maryland and is going to spend her junior year attending Avalon High, while her parents do a year of sabbatical research in the area. (They are, of course, both medievalists.)

A few days before school starts, Ellie catches the eye of a handsome senior while running in a nearby park. It isn't
Ryne Steinacker
May 18, 2014 Ryne Steinacker rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: engl-420
[NOTE: Spoilers ahead]

When Elaine and her family move to a new town, her parents, who are both medieval researchers, are on their sabbaticals and are looking forward to researching the legend of King Arthur. Elaine is looking forward to meeting new people and perhaps even reinventing herself. But neither of Elaine's goals turn out exactly right. When Elaine meets handsome and popular Will, they both feel like they already know each other. People she hardly knows, such as Will's half-brother Marc
Apr 10, 2008 Trin rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, american-lit
King Arthur as high school DRAMA OMG. Quite a bit better than the adult Cabot I’ve read, actually, and there was at least one nice twist. Still the mental equivalent of candy floss, though. And not even, like, awesome maple candy floss from the Addison County Fair, to pick a very specific and increasingly ridiculous analogy. I think there need to be superheroes or buddy-cops to reach that level. At least for me.

I think maybe 1 1/2 sentences of this review were actually on-topic. I win!
Dec 17, 2008 Magdalena rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read. It is a book that

I can relate to.
Morgan F
Apr 17, 2010 Morgan F rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Meg Cabot fans I suppose
Okay, I will start off by saying this isn't my first Meg Cabot book. I knew what I was getting into. I knew I wasn't about to engage in literary gold when I opened this book. Anybody who would expect that needs a reality check because....well, look at the cover. It's pink and purple for crying out loud.

This book was very quick and entertaining. It's fluffy, girly brain candy. I always have trouble rating books like these because my wanna-be intelligent self is like "you're too good for these bo
Karena kemaren dapet pinjaman Meg Cabot banyak, dan ni termasuk teenlit, jadi termasuk bacaan ringan untuk weekend, jadi baca yang ini dulu :)..

Elaine Harrison atau Ellie, orangtuanya dua2nya professor, seorang medievalist (ahli2 yang mempelajari sejarah jaman pertengahan), harus sering berpindah2 sekolah, karena orang tuanya sering mendapat sabatikal (atau liburan) untuk membuat buku2. Ellie masuk ke SMA Avalon, dan bertemu dengan A.William Wagner, kapten tim footbal di Avalon, sekaligus presid
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Sep 25, 2007 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Meg is back! I have been a fan of Meg Cabot since first reading The Princess Diaries, I also loved the entire Mediator series and the first All-American Girl book. However, I have been increasingly unimpressed with the later Princess Diaries books and hated the second All-American Girl. I realize that teenagers are thinking about and talking about sex, but I don't like YA novels that just start taking for granted that young adults are all - and should all be - having sex. I teach young adults. I ...more
Jul 21, 2010 Shxrxn rated it really liked it
Eminem is ideal to listen to while running, because he’s so mad at everyone. Except his daughter
- Ellie
It was weird. It was like he smiled at me, and my lips automatically smiled back—my brain had nothing to do with it. There was no conscious decision on my part to smile back.
- Ellie
Someone Hot is sometimes can't be the person they appear to be- except for their hotness... that cannot be denied.
- Ellie
Probably I should have just left him there without disturbing him. Probably I should have turn
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
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Carol Andrade
Aug 14, 2015 Carol Andrade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My new favorite Meg Cabot stand alone, ladys and gents! <3333
Such a fun, quick read. I loved everything about it!

Project Meg Cabot 2015: 1 down. 12 to go.
Nov 07, 2009 Janette rated it really liked it
Another light, fun read by Meg Cabot. I liked the whole King Arthur twist to the high school romance. I only wish the characters said, "OMG!" a lot less.
Nov 07, 2011 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
<3 meg cabot books
Dec 23, 2009 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Meg Cabot, I guess.
Recommended to Jill by: Abraham Lincoln 2010 book list
The only thing that saved this book from a one-star rating was its writing. It was not terrible, so it deserves one extra star.

I originally was drawn to this book because of its shiny gold cover. Do not fall into the same trap that I did! This book was about some yahoos in high school who are reincarnations of King Arthur and his peeps. If you are not saying, "Wtf?" right now, then I'm wondering if you are sane.

As I said in one of my status updates, I dislike romantic plotlines. I don't mind the
My Sister's Bookshelf
May 23, 2012 My Sister's Bookshelf rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I am pretty sure I was first introduced to Meg Cabot via The Princess Diaries, which was pulled, appropriately enough for this website, directly from My Sister’s Bookshelf. Being younger and more secure in her awesomeness than I am, Elizabeth has always been a little more willing to buy books that are pink with shiny tiaras on the cover. Thank goodness, for my sake! Years later, I bless my kindle for letting me read said tiara-clad book clandestinely. I would definitely still read it, but either ...more
Mar 25, 2016 Irene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned
As a fan of the Princess Diaries series when I was a teenager I picked up this book for the first time when I was about 16 years old, now I am 20 years old, have read it 3 times and I still love it.

It isn't a very heavy book about a really serious subject, but to me it's incredibly entertaining. I love the mix between the modern world and the King Arthur legend (mind me I am a history geek) and felt I even learned some things about the legend itself.

The book is mostly aimed at teenagers and does
Beth Joy
I started reading this book because I really liked the movie. The movie absolutely killed this book. The book is 10x better. It follows the story of King Arthur so much more accurately.
Lucy March
Oct 14, 2015 Lucy March rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To me, this is one of the few Meg Cabot books that ages well.

The Princess Diaries (the first few) and All American Girl were enjoyable, but I wouldn't readily recommend them as "great books" to anyone over the age of seventeen/eighteen.

Avalon High is different. It is a high school story with a little more meat, fantasy, and wonder going for it.

The characters are well-drawn out, overall, and I'm not ashamed to admit I enjoy revisiting them with multiple re-readings.

It's kind of nice to have a
Britt Kramer
Dec 20, 2015 Britt Kramer rated it really liked it
This book was a reread for me, one that I read when I was a lot younger. It was definitely a good reread and I realize now I think I feel more about it than I did when I was younger. Mostly because now I get all the parallels with King Arthur and why this is more of a contemporary arthurian retelling. If you're into arthurian retellings but want one that is more of a contemporary that deals with more teenage issues but still deals with King Arthur then I definitely suggest picking this one up. T ...more
Jun 30, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, paranormal
It's a little embarrassing, but I'll admit that I've completely missed the Meg Cabot boat. Thankfully (with the help of a friend!) I've fixed the error of my ways by devouring Avalon High, which is a contemporary retelling of Arthurian legend. Sure this whole King Arthur in high school sounds kind of weirdly far-fetched, but that's pretty much what makes this book a great read. Ellie, our protagonist and narrator, is such an intelligent, likeable heroine. I loved Ellie's voice, especially as she ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Hedy rated it it was ok
This is sooo cheesy but it's really good. It's somewhat Twilight-ish, but the writing is not very good. It uses "Well," at the beginning of EVERY SENTENCE. But the characters, even the bratty ones, are nice. If you read it, it has no hint about what it's really about, which I like. It's actually pretty good, I thought it was going to be junk.
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