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Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
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Jul 08, 2010

did not like it
Read in July, 2010

Many girls are furious to find themselves packaged and shipped off to boarding school, and are sure that they will hate it. But no girl was ever more determined to detest her home-away-from-home than Viola Chesterton, a New York City freshman who is forced to spend a year at Prefect Academy while her parents film a documentary in Afghanistan. "Viola in Reel Life", while an easy read, had such painfully unrealistic characters that it is difficult to continue reading. Viola's feelings against Indiana, boarding school, and dorm life are so potent that they become unbelievable. And worse, readers find that her three roommates are unreal in their own respect: each girl is chirpy and optimistic and ready for their exciting new lives at boarding school. Another issue with this story is how overly obsessed these girls are with boys. To be fair, they ARE in an all-girls' school, but teenage girls aren't so interested in boys that they'd kiss somebody they've known for two hours. Finally, the storyline of "Viola in Reel Life" was just so ordinary. Nothing exciting happened when one would expect it to.
Over all, "Viola in Reel Life" seemed like a book written to sell future boarding school students on their new lives. "Viola in Reel Life" is home to the most unrealistic characters I've ever read about, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who has any other book on their reading list (even if it's school-assigned summer reading).
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