MINI-REVIEW: “Avalon High” by Meg Cabot

Avalon High

Title: Avalon High
Author: Meg Cabot
Pages: 288

Release Date: January 1 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Paperback

Genre: Contemporary / Retelling
Goodreads Rating: 3.80 (of 41,419 ratings)


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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?


I was ready to DNF this book after 50 pages. Avalon High was this terrible balance of eye-rolling protag foolishness, and cringe amounts of insta-love, and “oh okay” plot points. But I’m dealing with a book slump to end all slumps, and my current strategy is to push through until I see the glory of a good book binge again, so I finished Avalon High.  Yay?

📌 The minute Ellie lays eyes on Will, she can’t stop thinking about him. Every page includes a mention of Will: his physical looks, his amazing kindness. But there’s more! Ellie sees a Volvo and wonders what kind of car Will drives. She sees a dog and thinks, oh, Will has a border collie! Everything. Comes back. To Will. Yet I can count the number of actual conversations they have on one hand.

This is the protagonist??

and the love interest?

📌 Avalon High just isn’t *deep*. Generally, that doesn’t have to be a problem. Not all contemp needs to pull heartstrings and twist minds. But Cabot added themes of attempted murder, parental alienation, and infidelity. Each conversation surrounding these themes in the book was a throw-a-way.

they tried to shoot me but they didn’t so it’s all good now
[this parent] kicked me out the house, drats

📌 Most of the book I wanted to shake Ellie. She finds out someone is getting cheated on and actively hides it from them. I understand people have conflicting opinions on HONESTY vs PROTECTING FEELINGS. But Ellie goes so far as to verbally attack someone who tries to tell the “cheated on” person the truth. ELLIE. UGH.


This isn’t a bad book. There’s nothing problematic, which is what usually gets me to give out my 1 and 2 crowns. I just could not feel anything for Ellie (other than complete annoyance).


What’s an insta-love story that you actually liked?


11 thoughts on “MINI-REVIEW: “Avalon High” by Meg Cabot

  1. I got really excited when I saw this review because I remember reading this years back after finding it in my library! At the time I adored it, but I was more interested in the plot at the time than any of these issues you brought up. Tween me was also new to the concept of romance in books, coming from the children’s section, so even insta-love was enjoyable. Now I know not to reread this and ruin all my fond memories.

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    1. The plot won out for me in this book, too. I really wanted to find out how King Arthur “came back” and what that would mean for civilization (or our characters, at least). Now we have higher expectations from our protagonists… some things must remain fond memories!


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