Diva by Alex Flinn
Number of pages: 304
For most people, the word "diva" means brilliant, talented, over-the-top, and glamorous. I, however, seemed to be trapped in the not-very-glamorous life of a cheerleader wannabe with serious ex-boyfriend issues and a permanent yo-yo diet. At least until the day I auditioned for Miami High School of the Arts—and got in! All I had to do was convince my mother, the cosmetics salesperson with epically bad taste in clothes and men, that going downtown to hang with the music geeks was a good idea. I had to blackmail her to be able to do it, but I'm here—a diva-in-training—and I'm not so sure I can cut it. Now what?
I have to say, the synopsis for this book wasn't anything close to the actual novel. The synopsis is all about "diva", hence the title, but the book wasn't necessarily based on that.
Caitlin McCourt is not the usual 16 year old... on the inside. She hangs out with all the cheerleaders, after they sided with her on the breakup of Caitlin and the most popular guy in school, Nick. The bad thing is, Caitlin has no interest in cheerleading and she lost all of her real friends after hanging with the cheerleaders and going out with Nick. The way Alex Flinn interpreted Caitlin's opinions towards the "popular" people was really entertaining and in a way, ironic.
Not only this, but Caitlin's mom acts about the same age as Caitlin. Yet again I'd call it more irony. Caitlin's mom should be acting her age, and so should Caitlin.
Did I mention Caitlin has a love for opera? For me, this was where the story really began to take a twist. She tries out for this musical/drama/dance school... without telling her mom. She gets in.
This isn't it. There are more complications. How will she break the news to her mom? What will she tell her friends if her mom lets her go?
But... my lips are sealed.
Overall I liked this book. The characters were all very unique when they needed to be, but all the same were the "popular" ones. You'll be surprised at all the twists the book takes.
The only thing about this book was that it was a sort of quickread. Iread it in a day. There was just a lot packed into it and I think it should have been spread out a little more, and over more time.
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