Thursday, December 8, 2011

Dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman

Dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin

A friend posted a video of me dancing online and now I'm now 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 stranger 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 more than just my love of dancing.  I could lose my life. - Goodreads.com

Ali is a beautiful dancer, and it seems only natural that one of her friends would have the bright idea to videotape her dancing.  When the video is uploaded to the internet and begins to receive an enormous amount of attention, it kicks off a series of events that puts Ali in danger.

I liked Ali as a character.  She was driven, loves her art, and I am always intrigued by people who can do things that I can't.  So it was really interesting getting to see into the world of aspiring and professional dance.  It was also really easy to see how the events in this story could happen in real life.  It probably does happen, to a lesser degree anyway, every day.  Ali has to figure out who is stalking her, and her friends help her do this. 

There were only a couple of things that really gave me pause in the story.  One is the absence of her mother.  I know her mother works nights at the hospital, but it kind of seemed like that was a little too convenient.  In addition though, it seemed odd that there weren't at least a few moments where Ali had to answer to her mom, spend time with her, or something.  But I really only counted one.

The other piece was the romance.  I like to see just a touch more romance in a book I'm reading, but especially a contemporary.  There was a bit, don't get me wrong, but it was kept far, far in the background.  And even when it finally did happen, we didn't get to see it really.  I felt a little cheated there.

All in all though, I was very interested in engrossed in the book.  It had great suspense, a unique twist to a common problem, and I really enjoyed it.

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