Mar 23, 2015

What I'm Reading Monday: Hidden Gems

I'm clicking through Axis 360 (Illinois' Library E-Reader Platform) and found in the upper right hand corner, the tab, "hidden gems" Those off-the-beaten path novels that tug at our heartstrings. Those are the books that we as bloggers hope to find. Our reviews will inspire and perhaps shed light for another person to pick it up, peruse it, and find perspective. 

This week, I'm reading this diamond in the rough: 


Viola in Reel Life

Adriana Trigiani

Harper Teen 


'm marooned.


Left to rot in boarding school . . .

Viola doesn't want to go to boarding school, but somehow she ends up at an all-girls school in South Bend, Indiana, far, far away from her home in Brooklyn, New York. Now Viola is stuck for a whole year in the sherbet-colored sweater capital of the world.


There's no way Viola's going to survive the year—especially since she has to replace her best friend Andrew with three new roommates who, disturbingly, actually seem to like it there. She resorts to viewing the world (and hiding) behind the lens of her video camera.

Boarding school, though, and her roommates and even the Midwest are nothing like she thought they would be, and soon Viola realizes she may be in for the most incredible year of her life.

But first she has to put the camera down and let the world in.


  1. I've never read anything by this author. I've seen this book around but had always assumed it was an adult book. I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading!

  2. This is one book by Adriana Trigiani that I haven't read! I'll be interested to hear/read what you think of it!

  3. I'm always looking for books set in my adopted home state of Indiana. This one sounds good.

  4. I haven't read this one yet, but I've loved everything else I've read by Adriana Trigiani. I hope you enjoy it!


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