Monday, June 20, 2011

Which is better? Reel Life or Real Life?

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

The idea of having a filmmaking, teenage girl as the main character is new, and I enjoyed learning about filmmaking as I read. At first, it was hard to adjust to the character’s voice. Sometimes it sounded like it was trying too hard to be a teenager, like saying “for real” too much. The bitter sarcasm was oozing. By the middle of the book, I liked Viola and her group of friends, who were all well-developed as characters. There was a fun hint of mystery (the starlet in red, May McGlynn). Viola showed major girl power at the end.

Song to Read By: "Fly Me to the Moon (live)" by Frank Sinatra in honor of Viola's 1920sish short film:

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