Rated 3 stars *** ARC. Ebook. Published March 24, 2015. Algonquin Young Readers.
Violet and Ori became the best of friends the day they took the same ballet class when they were little girls. Motherless and poor, Ori had a generous heart while Violet was both rich and spoiled by her parents. Over time she grew to hate her best friend because Ori was a natural at ballet, while Violet had to work hard to master the dance.
Ori wasn’t the only one on Violet’s list of dancers who stood in the way of her supposed greatness. With dreams of grandeur filling her mind, Violet made sure to get rid of all her competition so everyone would notice her true talent. However, though it took some time, Violet learned wishes didn’t work the way she thought they would.
“The Walls around us” irked me because of Violet. Without giving away any of the storyline let me say I was upset she was able to do what she did and get away with it because no one paid attention to details. I was also upset about the way the author chose to solve that problem at the end of the book, as the solution didn’t make any sense to me.
I gave it 3 stars because the author did a good job getting into the mind of a diabolical, uncaring reprobate. I would have given it a higher rating if said reprobate had gotten a punishment that made more sense.
Recommended for ages 14 and older.