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Avalon High

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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  43,193 ratings  ·  2,268 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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Aran Johnson I listened to the audio book with my 8 and 5 year old sons. I think the book is great for tweens and younger, because it depicts the idea of crushes a…moreI listened to the audio book with my 8 and 5 year old sons. I think the book is great for tweens and younger, because it depicts the idea of crushes and romantic infidelity in a way that felt age appropriate for even my 5 year old to listen to. It had very silly elements, but as a tame "romance" I think it worked well. My 8 year old was very interested in having me turn it on every time we went on a car trip, while my wife sort of rolled her eyes impatiently waiting for it to finally end. I think that is a good indication of what age group this book is good for.(less)
Hannah No. The movie changed the main character's name. Also, to who King Arthur is. I do like the movie and the book, it is interesting in seeing to differe…moreNo. The movie changed the main character's name. Also, to who King Arthur is. I do like the movie and the book, it is interesting in seeing to different views (almost parallel universe).(less)

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Cristina Monica
With the confinement situation here in Quebec, I suddenly had time to read a book that I never thought I'd get to one day. It's an uncertain situation but one thing I am certain about is that I'm going to try to make the most of it by reading old books that were a sensation once upon a time as well as by re-reading favourites, of course. This one was a quick and fun, although cheesy and somewhat predictable, read.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Mehhhhhh. I would have liked this WAY more if I had read it when I first discovered Meg Cabot. Oh well
Jun 18, 2007 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
Aug 13, 2007 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.
Feb 04, 2016 marked it as dnf
Shelves: ya, book-club, 2016
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 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

well of course I really liked this 'cause I'm King Arthur Trash™ ;)
mayyybbeee a little anticlimactic in the end, tho.
Muse-ic ♬
Oct 25, 2015 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
Jan 02, 2011 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 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! It was awesome:D
Lisa Schensted
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
Sep 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, ya
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
Note: if you know nothing about this book and want to continue knowing nothing about this book until you read it, this review has SPOILERS. I don't know how to talk about it without them, but also don't want to hide the whole review because of them. You've been warned.

Review: This was an instance when I saw the movie long before reading the book. Back when Disney Channel put out the adaptation for this book, I liked it a lot up till the end when the big twist seemed (to me) to come out of nowhe
Apr 06, 2012 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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Jul 13, 2008 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
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
ok this one convinced me to continue with the meg cabot reread
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Back in the day, I remember really enjoying Avalon High but I'm not thrilled with it now. Mostly, it's dull, and it takes such a long time for the characters to figure out what's going on. The plot's lacking given that it's supposed to be a play on King Arthur. The characters are pretty flat, so, even though I can appreciate that Jennifer's not a mean girl, I don't actually care about any of these relationship. Worst of all, it seems like the worst in bad diversity (though he could just be white ...more
Feb 03, 2008 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!
Nov 07, 2009 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.
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sick book
I loved the book soooo much and loved how it related to something else
Apr 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, 2020
i used to love this book when i was younger, and when i saw it at a used bookstore for 5 dollars, i couldn't resist! i still think it's great :)
Megan Bering
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is fucking RIDICULOUS and I love it and I always will
Shreya Karnati
2.5 stars
This book was really slow at the beginning but it got better. I like mythology and legends so that aspect was nice.
Morgan F
Dec 30, 2009 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
Dec 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read. It is a book that

I can relate to.
Candace Parrish
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazingnous because Elaine ( the main character) helps everyone out even if she needs it the most. I enjoy this book, I would give this book 6 stars (even though that is probably not possible),because she is a very comfortable person and does not let her judge ment interfere with her relationships with other people. Elaine is a very comfortable person because when she first came to the school she acted as if nothing had changed in her life. Elaine does not let her judgement interfer ...more
Aug 10, 2007 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
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Jul 20, 2010 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
Carol Andrade | _carolcabrita
My new favorite Meg Cabot stand alone, ladys and gents! <3333
Such a fun, quick read. I loved everything about it!

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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun

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