- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 692 KB
- Print Length: 245 pages
- Publisher: Little Prince Publishing (9 Mar. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004S7A9AM
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #619,815 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The characterisations are a bit thin - Sonya is definitely MarySue ish in a "too good for this world" kind of way, talented, beautiful, hard done by, and she's fawned over by her gorgeous boyfriend who fell in love with her at first sight
There are also too many silly grammatical errors, sentences that don't make sense or are badly constructed, etc;
"While on the ground clutching my forehead, a pretty redheaded girl and a cute blond boy stepped out."
The same boy is described a couple of paragraphs later as "the cute, if not, lewd blond boy" - I was left scratching my head at that one. I also had to laugh at the unfortunate typo, "sugar plume faeries". I assume this was intended to read as "sugar plum fairies"...
I wasn't 100% convinced by Sonya's ballet training - it just didn't ring true.
The kids at her school who dislike her so much are also just over the top, and her sister, Sasha, blows hot and cold, being sweet and loving one minute having just told her how useless she is.
The book as a whole reads like it needs a really good edit. I can't help thinking that if the padding, unnecessary explanations etc were cut out, assuming the rest of the trilogy is similarly overwritten, the story could have been told in one really tautly written book.
It just did not capture my interest soon enough, strongly enough. It's aimed at teenagers, who may be more forgiving in some respects, but I just didn't feel like this was edited or finished to my satisfaction.
Unfortunately, though I really wanted to love this book (ballet, overcoming the odds, surviving, love, what's not to love?) it left me pretty cold and I can't see me investing in books 2 and 3. That said, there is something here that makes me want to give the author's other work a try, so it's not all bad. If I could give 2 1/2 stars I would.
Some things didn't make any sense to me. The protagonist, Sonya, looks almost identical to her beautiful and popular sister Sasha, yet the reader is expected to believe that Sonya is invisible at school, and has no friends at all there. The two sisters have lunch together every day and Sonya is often mistaken for Sasha by Sasha's friends. Someone like Sonya would have attracted some hangers-on, at the very least, or those using her to try to get close to Sasha.
Although ballet is a major part of Sonya's life, the other students in her ballet class are given only cursory mentions. I find it hard to believe that having attended from a young age, she hasn't made a single friend in that class in all those years.
The school's powerful clique, the "Bitch Brigade" was absurd and over the top, to the extent that it wasn't believable at all. Sure, I can believe in the idea of a powerful clique running the school from the shadows, but calling itself the "Bitch Brigade" was so childish for a group of seventeen/eighteen year old girls. The author doesn't seem to be aware that rich, privileged, bitchy high school girls rarely ever think of themselves as bitches. They think they are great and perfect, and the world revolves around them. Calling themselves bitches is the same as acknowledging they are in the wrong. With their money, power and influence, these kinds of girls behave this way because they believe they are above reproach.
The school's kangaroo court system was also entirely unrealistic. It reminded me of many manga series I've read - the type where the student council has more power than the almost non-existent adult faculty members.
It wasn't all bad, though. I liked Will's character. His backstory and personality quirks made him well-rounded and gave him depth. Some of his actions though just seemed silly and inconsistent with a teenage boy's behaviour. His flowery, romantic speeches in particular made me cringe.
One major complaint with this novel is that Sonya is too perfect, almost bordering on Mary Sue levels of flawlessness. She's beautiful, kind, a fabulous dancer, and gains a gorgeous boyfriend who falls in love with her at first sight. Its seems she can do no wrong. Later on in the novel, another male character earnestly tells Sonya how perfect and worshipful she is (not in those exact words, but you get what I mean). My gag reflex went into overdrive at the point when he informed her that she's too pure and perfect for the ghetto.
The conclusion was rather satisfying, although I guessed the identity of the main antagonist very early on. The book would benefit from major editing and proofreading as there are so many silly typos and awkwardly-worded sentences throughout. This is not a bad read, and is entertaining if you have a few spare hours and want to read something light, frothy and not challenging.
Would I read it again? No
Would I read the sequel? No
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