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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Antartis Publishers (11 Oct. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0987419404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987419408
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,569,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathy Petrakis was born and raised in Sydney Australia by Greek immigrant parents. She always had a passion for the performing arts - dancing, acting and singing but they were hobbies giving way to a traditional professional career in banking. Before this book, her writing was used to entertain friends with her unusual, and often disastrous travel adventures from around the world.

By the hand of fate, Passion and Pain and Bittersweet were born while living in London, heaven for lovers of the performing arts. Bittersweet and Disillusioned are part of the same Dancer and Divas series with full length plays and other novels planned over the next year!

For more information, visit kathypetrakis.com, follow her on Twitter @KathyPetrakis

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About the Author

Kathy Petrakis was born and raised in Sydney Australia by Greek immigrant parents. She always had a passion for the performing arts - dancing, acting and singing but they were hobbies giving way to a traditional professional career in banking. Before this book, her writing was used to entertain friends with her unusual, and often disastrous travel adventures from around the world.

By the hand of fate, Passion and Pain and Bittersweet were born while living in London, heaven for lovers of the performing arts. Bittersweet and Resilient are part of the same series with full length plays and other novels planned over the next year! For more information, visit kathypetrakis.com, follow her on Twitter @KathyPetrakis

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yasser Kayani on 8 Mar. 2013
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Set against the backdrop of New York's top Performing Arts High School, Passion and Pain: Dancers and Divas was for me a gripping story of fame, addiction and love, taking me on a deeply absorbing journey following Elena Martinez.

On a soul-searching journey which takes her to hell and back, Elena must find a way to discover her true self-worth, and what to love and being loved really means. Questions we have all had to answer in our own lives.

Often Coetzee-like in its elegant and crisp sparseness of dialogue, Passion and Pain: Dancers and Divas entranced me from the start. I want a book to keep me up because 'one more page is not enough'. This is such a book. Finished it in a few days it was so engrossing.

Kathy Petrakis has recreated an unforgettable journey of the protagonist from carefree innocence to the unbearable burdens of potential celebrity Elena is already facing. It's also about brilliant teachers making brilliant students, and uplifiting as well as inspiring.
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By kirstyv on 22 Jun. 2013
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When Kathy Petrakis offered me Passion and Pain to review I did hesitate because I am not passionate about The Arts and I wondered if that would affect how I thought about the book. However, on beginning the story it is quickly apparent that Kathy Petrakis' fervour for all things performance radiates through her writing and she inspired an excitement in me.
The group of characters in Passion in Pain are all carefully thought out and have strong personalities. The relationships they share are at times complex, and it was easy to forget that the majority of the characters are fifteen. Despite their different school life I liked the fact that Kathy Petrakis gives this group very normal teenage experiences, from drinking to deciding about losing their virginity to dealing with bullying to falling in love.
The end of the book is highly emotional, and the author handles this very well, as this is an opportunity for the reader to connect on a deeper level with some of the characters and form opinions about others.
Passion and Pain is a different novel than I am used to reading but it is a brilliant start to the Dancers and Divas series and I love Kathy Petrakis' style of writing.
One to read.
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This book has a lot of things involved within it: drama... anger... passion... and the stress that comes along with trying to 'make it'. Honestly, I hate dance. I don't like dance movies (though I enjoyed Fame... for the most part anyway) and I was a bit... iffy about Passion and Pain when I read the prologue.

But, I can also say that I love the characters. I loved how they were developed within this book. The main character Elena annoyed me at times (but then again, when does a main character NOT annoy me at times?), but despite that she was still an amazing character. I hated some of the characters *cough*Letita*cough* but that's because they're supposed to be hated - so there was no conflicting opinions (For once!) with me!

This book deals with some tough issues (rape, bullying..) but it was definitely a good read. I'd recommend this book to anyone with a passion for dance - something I lacked. But if I enjoyed the book, surely you will too?
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By Salbabe on 3 Feb. 2013
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I have to say, being a non-dancing/singing, middle-class, professional, Londoner, well into middle-age (though in denial) did not make it easy for me to connect with a book that centres on the trials and traumas of a group of largely working-class, teenage wannabe performers in New York. However, I applaud Petrakis in managing to achieve the sole prerequisitial objective of a novel - to entertain - and I found myself turning the pages quickly wanting to know what happened next. Though her work is sometimes a little rough around the edges (possibly deliberate to add to the rawness of the atmosphere) Petrakis's strength lies in the depth of her characterisation - though there are clearly likeable characters, none of the key players in her drama is without significant flaws, and none (with perhaps one notable exception) is entirely dislikeable. I shall definitely read the next instalment, which I believe is due out in the Spring.
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This is a very competent first book written by an author who clearly has experience of teenage angst during training for the exacting world of theatre, acting and dance. The competitive demands of this type of world contrasted nicely with teen romance and thwarted ambition.

The book was written in a way that made the reader want to continue reading way past bedtime! I liked the fact that the chapters were generally short, one leading to another, often in a cliffhanger way.

The characterisation was good but I would like to have known why a character known as Letitia was so constantly nasty to the heroine. However, with another book in the offing, no doubt we shall learn more. Any teenager going into the theatrical world would enjoy this book I am sure.

A slight criticism is the number of spelling mistakes but no doubt this will be corrected in future editions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen D on 21 Sept. 2012
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A real page turner, I was gripped from beginning to end. A must read for anyone attending or has attended Musical Theatre School or dance of any kind. Totally recommended!
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