Review: dancergirl

11.25.2011
dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman
Published November 15th, 2011 by Harlequin
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

The videos went viral...

EVER FEEL LIKE SOMEONE’S WATCHING YOU?

ME TOO.

BUT LATELY IT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN MY ROOM.

WHEN I’M ALONE.


A friend posted a video of me dancing online, and now I’m no longer Alicia Ruffino. I’m dancergirl. And suddenly it’s like me against the world—everyone’s got opinions.

My admirers want more, the haters hate, my best friend Jacy—even he’s acting weird. And some stalker isn’t content to just watch anymore.

Ali. dancergirl. Whatever you know me as, however you’ve seen me online, I’ve trained my whole life to be the best dancer I can be. But if someone watching has their way, I could lose way more than just my love of dancing. I could lose my life.

For me, dancergirl was one of those books where I didn't really enjoy it, but I just had to keep reading because I felt like I needed to know what was going to happen. 

Ali was so paranoid during this book that it was almost funny. Of course, halfway through the book, she definitely had a reason to be paranoid, but even when she was on a date with Luke, I just wanted to smack her and then laugh. It was a bit ridiculous.

There were also lots of parts I found myself extremely bored during. I just wanted to either skim or stop reading. And the worst part was that there would be a really good part, something very interesting, and my hopes would go up, but then a few pages later it was boring again. 


One thing I wish we'd seen more of is the best friend relationship between Jacy and Ali. Their relationship didn't really feel like a best friend one to me. Not even a romantic one. The only best friend-type moment they had was when a little Batman incident. I loved how Jacy basically saved the day, but that doesn't mean they're best friends, it just means Jacy's a good guy. 


I will admit that I never saw the identity of the stalker coming. There were plenty of suspects, there could have been even more, but I never would have guessed it was who it really was. Tanzman did a good job at keeping us guessing, and dancergirl was fairly suspenseful. 


Even though I'm not a dancer and therefore didn't understand some of the dance terms in this book, my favorite parts were actually when Ali was dancing. Tanzman did an amazing job at capturing Ali's emotions during these parts. 


Overall: dancergirl just didn't hold my interest. The characters fell a bit flat for me, and I feel like it all moved too slowly. While the identity of the stalker was definitely a surprise, it was honestly the only thing I liked about this book, other than the dance scenes. 2 stars. 


~Zoey~
7 comments on "Review: dancergirl"
  1. I actually ended up liking this book because of how real the story is and how relatable it is to our times what with all the online video sites out there.

    I also loved the dancing scenes, and I also wanted to see more of the best friend relationship between Jacy and Ali before the [something] happened that made Jacy start avoiding his old friends.

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  2. Hmm ... maybe I should get this for my friend. Or read it first, then ask her to show me those dance terms. Since she's a dancer. XD

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  3. ohhh...that's too bad. I'm not a big fan of flat characters and slow paces. I think i'm going to pass on this one. However the dance scenes sound interesting. Thanks for the review!!!

    Jaskirat~SeeitORreadit

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  4. Great review =) It's nice how you managed to still point out the good stuff.

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  5. Thanks for your honest opinion. I've been curious about this one. It's really too bad that the characters fell flat. They need to be interesting to hold my attention.

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11.25.2011

Review: dancergirl

dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman
Published November 15th, 2011 by Harlequin
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

The videos went viral...

EVER FEEL LIKE SOMEONE’S WATCHING YOU?

ME TOO.

BUT LATELY IT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN MY ROOM.

WHEN I’M ALONE.


A friend posted a video of me dancing online, and now I’m no longer Alicia Ruffino. I’m dancergirl. And suddenly it’s like me against the world—everyone’s got opinions.

My admirers want more, the haters hate, my best friend Jacy—even he’s acting weird. And some stalker isn’t content to just watch anymore.

Ali. dancergirl. Whatever you know me as, however you’ve seen me online, I’ve trained my whole life to be the best dancer I can be. But if someone watching has their way, I could lose way more than just my love of dancing. I could lose my life.

For me, dancergirl was one of those books where I didn't really enjoy it, but I just had to keep reading because I felt like I needed to know what was going to happen. 

Ali was so paranoid during this book that it was almost funny. Of course, halfway through the book, she definitely had a reason to be paranoid, but even when she was on a date with Luke, I just wanted to smack her and then laugh. It was a bit ridiculous.

There were also lots of parts I found myself extremely bored during. I just wanted to either skim or stop reading. And the worst part was that there would be a really good part, something very interesting, and my hopes would go up, but then a few pages later it was boring again. 


One thing I wish we'd seen more of is the best friend relationship between Jacy and Ali. Their relationship didn't really feel like a best friend one to me. Not even a romantic one. The only best friend-type moment they had was when a little Batman incident. I loved how Jacy basically saved the day, but that doesn't mean they're best friends, it just means Jacy's a good guy. 


I will admit that I never saw the identity of the stalker coming. There were plenty of suspects, there could have been even more, but I never would have guessed it was who it really was. Tanzman did a good job at keeping us guessing, and dancergirl was fairly suspenseful. 


Even though I'm not a dancer and therefore didn't understand some of the dance terms in this book, my favorite parts were actually when Ali was dancing. Tanzman did an amazing job at capturing Ali's emotions during these parts. 


Overall: dancergirl just didn't hold my interest. The characters fell a bit flat for me, and I feel like it all moved too slowly. While the identity of the stalker was definitely a surprise, it was honestly the only thing I liked about this book, other than the dance scenes. 2 stars. 


~Zoey~

7 comments:

  1. I actually ended up liking this book because of how real the story is and how relatable it is to our times what with all the online video sites out there.

    I also loved the dancing scenes, and I also wanted to see more of the best friend relationship between Jacy and Ali before the [something] happened that made Jacy start avoiding his old friends.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hmm ... maybe I should get this for my friend. Or read it first, then ask her to show me those dance terms. Since she's a dancer. XD

    ReplyDelete
  3. ohhh...that's too bad. I'm not a big fan of flat characters and slow paces. I think i'm going to pass on this one. However the dance scenes sound interesting. Thanks for the review!!!

    Jaskirat~SeeitORreadit

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great review =) It's nice how you managed to still point out the good stuff.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for your honest opinion. I've been curious about this one. It's really too bad that the characters fell flat. They need to be interesting to hold my attention.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Did you know you can shorten your links with LinkShrink and make cash from every visit to your shortened links.

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