Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Review: Reel life Starring Us by Lisa Greenwald

Title: Reel Life Starring Us
Author: Lisa Greenwald
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date:USA:Sept 1st 2011|UK:1st Oct 2011
Rockwood Hills Junior High is known for the close-knit cliques that rule the school. When arty new girl Dina gets the opportunity to do a video project with queen bee Chelsea, she thinks this is her ticket to a great new social life. But Chelsea has bigger problems than Dina can imagine: her father has lost his job, and her family is teetering on the brink. Without knowing it, Dina might just get caught in Chelsea’s free fall.
Filled with honest truths about status and self-confidence, as well as the bubbly, infectious voice Lisa Greenwald mastered in her breakout, My Life in Pink & Green, this book is sure to charm tween readers everywhere.
[from goodreads]
Reel Life Starring Us is the first book I have read by Lisa Greenwald so I had no expectations about what the book would be like or her writing style.  Although Reel Life Starring Us is aimed at a younger age range than I usually read I was not disappointed.
Reel Life Starring Us is a light read that follows Dina and Chelsea as they are paired together for the school gala.  Dina, new to the school, hopes this will help her fit in and become popular, Chelsea just wants it over and done with.

I really enjoyed reading Reel Life Starring Us.  The chapters are shared between the two characters so we get to see both versions of school and home life for each person making it interesting to see how their opinions of the same school differ.
I felt sorry for Dina, being a new girl in school but also an outcast, especially as she didn't care about clothes like the popular kids did, but I also felt sorry for Chelsea.  Although she was popular she was having issues at home that she felt like she couldn't share with her friends which eventually made her feel like an outcast from them.

I loved the idea behind Reel Life Starring Us, having two girls from opposite sides of the school popularity ladder being forced to work together for a school project that they either know nothing about or don't want to do.  It was good to see how they eventually worked together to get their project finished, but also helped each other feel better along the way.  I really enjoyed the ending of the book and I will be looking for more books by Lisa Greenwald to read.

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