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Kid Konnection: Viola in the Spotlight

June 11, 2011

Viola Chesterton survived her year at boarding school and is finally back at home in her beloved New York City.  She’s so happy to be back with her family and her old friends, Caitlin and Andrew.  Things don’t go exactly as Viola expected though – Caitlin has become obsessed with a boy and Andrew is acting kind of goofy.  Viola loves them both, but finds herself missing her roommates from boarding school.  As the summer comes to a close, something happens that makes Viola wonder where she really belongs.

Adriana Trigiani has so many fans that I hesitate to call myself her biggest fan, but I’ve got to be right up there.  I adore her and have read, and loved, everything she’s written.  I was thrilled when I was given a copy of her newest book, Viola in the Spotlight, when I was in New York.  I couldn’t wait to pick it up when I got home and I simply adored it!

Viola in the Spotlight is the second book in Trigiani’s young adult series.  It’s not necessary to read the books in order, but I suggest you do since you won’t want to miss out on any of the action.  I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series!

For me, the best part of these books are the characters.  Viola and her friends are good kids, but they’re not perfect.  They love each other and they’re kind and supportive of each other.  They’re the kind of kids you would enjoy knowing.  Their parents are present and, for the most part, encourage their children to be independent.  Viola’s grandmother is fabulous, too – she’s an aging actress who is larger than life and she and Viola adore each other.

The plot doesn’t suffer because of the great characters, though.  I was caught up in the story and was anxious to see how the summer would turn out for Viola.  I was hoping she would make a certain decision, and I was thrilled when she did!  I started to get a little teary-eyed about three-fourths of the way through the book and had a good cry at the end.

Parents will love the Viola series because you can be comfortable giving it to your young readers at any age.  It will appeal to early Young Adult readers on up.

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week,  leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by the author and Harper Collins. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
19 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2011 5:22 am

    OOH – now I want to rush right home and read my copy! The first Viola book was my first time reading Adriana Trigiani. I look forward to this one!

  2. June 11, 2011 5:27 am

    Well, it’s not too late for me to become an actress, huh??? Hmmm, I wonder what happened to Viola. Didn’t know about Trigiani’s YA series until reading it here. You broke the headlines. 🙂

    I don’t understand this new thingy yet. I don’t feel like a guest. I’m not lemon 123. I’m Tea. That’s not my gravatar unless I’ve moved to WordPress. I haven’t moved. Have I??? lol. This feels like amnesia.(:

    Did see news somewhere on Facebook about WordPress doing something wonderful. Didn’t understand the news. So, I did something else somewhere else. I think all of you have moved to another planet while leaving me alone on the old planet. It’s my fault. Now I’ll have to go figure all of this out.

  3. June 11, 2011 5:28 am

    Maybe I need to take a day trip over to WordPress. lol.

  4. June 11, 2011 6:34 am

    I think I would enjoy these since I have read her adult books and I like the style 🙂

  5. June 11, 2011 6:38 am

    The book is a new one for me. Thanks for the post.

  6. June 11, 2011 6:42 am

    I got a copy of this new Viola book too! I can’t wait to read it. I loved Viola in Reel Life!

  7. June 11, 2011 7:48 am

    I just read this one last week. Our reactions (and reviews) are very similar!

  8. June 11, 2011 9:30 am

    This sounds great. I just received my copy in the mail yesterday.

  9. June 11, 2011 9:51 am

    I never read her before and I really need to fix that!

  10. June 11, 2011 10:32 am

    I love Trigiani’s adult books, and think that Melissa might enjoy her YA reads. I will have to get my hands on a copy of this series for her, and of course when she is done with them, I can go ahead and borrow them.

  11. June 11, 2011 3:01 pm

    I did not know Trigiani wrote YA. From your review I can tell this is another book both my daughter and I will love. Thanks for spotlighting it.

  12. June 11, 2011 3:48 pm

    I’ll have to recommend this series to my cousin who sounds perfect for these books!

  13. June 11, 2011 6:03 pm

    I just discovered Trigiani’s work when I listened to Very Valentine last month. I loved it! I’m now listening to Brava, Valentine, which is just as good. 🙂

  14. June 11, 2011 6:48 pm

    Going to have to read Adriana Trigiani soon. Your review was infectious as a fan writing for her favorite author. Isn’t it amazing when an author is soooooo good that you have to share that love with your readers. That’s the best feeling of all 🙂

  15. June 12, 2011 3:06 am

    I can’t believe I haven’t read any of her books yet! Though I have her Valentine books waiting on my shelf. This makes me want to adds the Viola ones, too!

  16. June 12, 2011 8:02 pm

    I stumbled upon her Big Stone Gap books a few years back and from there I’ve loved her writing. I have this one, so shame on me for not yet reading it!

  17. Marg permalink
    June 12, 2011 9:35 pm

    I have a list of authors that I know I will love when I finally get to read them! Adriana Trigiani is pretty much near the top of that list!

  18. June 13, 2011 5:09 pm

    This series does sound wonderful. I’ve really got to make time for it. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much.

  19. June 15, 2011 8:14 am

    I am ashamed to say that I haven’t read anything by Adriana Trigiani yet. The Viola series sound wonderful! I have to give this series a try some day.

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