Avalon High

Avalon High

Downloadable Audiobook - 2005
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Who is Will Wagner, and how is that Ellie, the new girl at Avalon High, feels as if she's known him all her life, when she's only just met him? A long-ago legend comes to new life in this tale of a love triangle, a medieval sword, and a totally awesome pool raft. Avalon High seems like a typical high school, attended by typical students: There's Lance, the jock, Jennifer, the cheerleader. And Will, senior class president, quarterback, and all-around good guy. But not everybody at Avalon High is who they appear to be ... not even, as new student Ellie is about to discover, herself. What part does she play in the drama that is unfolding? What if the bizarre chain of events and coincidences she has pieced together means, as with the court of King Arthur, tragedy is fast approaching Avalon High? Worst of all, what if there's nothing she can do about it?
Publisher: [New York] : Listening Library, 2005.
ISBN: 9780739344699
0739344692
Additional Contributors: Wiseman, Debra
Summary: Who is Will Wagner, and how is that Ellie, the new girl at Avalon High, feels as if she's known him all her life, when she's only just met him? A long-ago legend comes to new life in this tale of a love triangle, a medieval sword, and a totally awesome pool raft. Avalon High seems like a typical high school, attended by typical students: There's Lance, the jock, Jennifer, the cheerleader. And Will, senior class president, quarterback, and all-around good guy. But not everybody at Avalon High is who they appear to be ... not even, as new student Ellie is about to discover, herself. What part does she play in the drama that is unfolding? What if the bizarre chain of events and coincidences she has pieced together means, as with the court of King Arthur, tragedy is fast approaching Avalon High? Worst of all, what if there's nothing she can do about it?

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sarahbru17 Aug 06, 2018

Characters: 6/10
Plot: 6/10
Writing: 6/10

I had mixed feelings about this book. Despite my lower scores in the above categories, I *did* enjoy listening to it. It was fun and relaxing.

I love Meg Cabot, and I enjoy her fluffy, easy-to-read YA style. However, Ellie's voice was a bit annoying to me. Her crush on Will was completely over-the-top. She commented constantly on his physical attractiveness, which made me really wish he were more ordinary. Where are my YA romances with plain people, huh? And she'd interject comments about his beautiful eyes or whatever right when he was talking about something important. Like, can't you focus on what he's saying instead of what he looks like? And sometimes her thoughts were repetitive or explaining things that didn't need explanation. Overall, the internal monologue did not live up to my expectations from Mia's super-funny thoughts in Princess Diaries.

Likewise, I love Arthurian legend, but this played out pretty straightforward. I'd seen the Disney movie before reading the book, and I found I preferred the twists Disney threw on the legend. This was pretty stinking predictable, although I *did* enjoy the small twist with Ellie at the end. However, it left me wanting more Arthurian stuff, so it put me in a good mood. :)

Overall, it was not intellectually all that gratifying, but it was still enjoyable.

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artemishi
May 09, 2014

Avalon High is a fun YA romp. It's a contemporary re-telling (ish) of Arthurian legend, set in high school. This was my first Meg Cabot book, and it was honestly better than I expected. There was no cheesy love triangle, the protagonists parents were alive and involved in her life, and the protagonist was intelligent and analytical, not a total bimbo.

My only annoyance was the protagonist's Valley Girl speech. She'd go from intelligent woman to "I so looked forward to that. Not." And I got enough of that, living in SoCal in the 80's and 90's, to never want to deal with it again.

Aside from that small blemish, I thoroughly enjoyed this frothy, light-hearted contemporary YA. I recommend it for fans of the genre, Arthurian legend, YA myth retellings, and anyone curious to read the Lady of Shalott.

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