I’m a coffee-fueled, hobby-addicted bibliophage who makes cruelty-free mineral eye shadows (inspired by novels). I’m usually in front of a screen (writing, reading, or gaming), but I’ve been known to emerge for geekery, good food, and dark chocolate.
Synopsis according to GoodReads:
“To newcomer Ellie, Avalon High seems like a typical American high school, complete with jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, and even the obligatory senior class president, quarterback, and all-around good guy. But it doesn’t take Ellie long to suspect that something weird is going on beneath the glossy surface of this tranquil hall of learning. As she pieces together the meaning of this unfolding drama, she begins to recognize some haunting Arthurian echoes, causing her to worry that she has become just a pawn in mythic history.“
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.