Allegra – By Shelby Hrdlitschka
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Page Count: 280
Summary from the Back Cover
Allegra believes that moving to a performing-arts high school will change her life and make her a better dancer. But high school is still high school, complete with cliques, competition and cruelty. Forced to take a class in music theory, Allegra takes refuge with her young teacher, who nurtures and appreciates her talent. But when her feelings for him become more intense, and he seems to reciprocate, Allegra sets in motion a chain of events that could destroy everything–and everyone–she loves.
Allegra is high school student who starts attending a performing-arts school. She grapples with more than homework and teenage woes; Allegra is dealing with the separation of her parents and being introverted. When she becomes entangled in a scandal with her teacher, Mr. Rochelli, Allegra must decide what the best course of action is for sorting things out and moving on with her life.
I was drawn to this book mainly because of the the beautiful cover and the unique story. I’ve never read a book of this nature before and I was excited to give it a try. I was more than pleased with the story and the subtle romance between Allegra and her teacher, Noel.
For starters, the book is very well written and flows naturally. This was a quick read for me, but I really enjoyed the storytelling. The character development was very good from start to finish. The reader has a good idea of who the characters are, what drives them and what makes them tick. My favorite character was Allegra. She is an isolated student who lives for dancing and eventually takes a strong interest in music because of the mentoring of her teacher. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Mr. Rocchelli tears up a form that would have allowed Allegra to drop his course. The moment was comical and set the tone for the book.
One thing that I didn’t like about the book was Allegra’s withdrawal after the scandal occurred. This action was uncharacteristic of Allegra who seemed a little bit stronger than this behavior would suggest. I also thought that her friends were very quick to turn against her after Spencer found an incriminating paper in Allegra’s backpack. I thought that it would have been nice if they had stuck by her side instead of informing the principal about what they had discovered.
All in all, this book was a wonderful read. I really enjoyed the romantic aspects of the book, especially, Allegra’s thoughts and feelings about her teacher. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good story with a hint of romance.