Article Title

The Walls Around Us


Abigail Packard


Excellent, Young Adult, Nova Ren Suma, Ballet, Secrets, Murder, Prison, Deception, Mystery

Document Type

Book Review


Violet and Ori have been best friends since their first ballet class, but their relationship is tense as Violet, living a life of luxury and riches, doesn’t seem to have all that Ori, a poor girl living with her truck driver dad, does. Ori dances with an ease and grace that everyone notices while Violet has precise talent that’s stilted and always overshadowed. After Ori gets the star part and Violet’s enemies threaten to expose her as a slut, Violet stabs two girls with a box cutter behind the ballet theater. Ori runs out to find Violet and Violet turns everything on Ori, blaming her for the two deaths. Ori is found guilty of Violet’s crime and sent to a juvenile detention center. Ori becomes Amber’s cellmate and ends up telling Amber everything. But Ori never finds justice as a horrible accident kills all of the inmates. When Violet visits the detention center a year later, she is forced to confront her guilt and admit her crimes.