Publisher: Harlequin Teen
First published: November 15th, 2011
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.
My Rating: 4.0 / 5
Especially towards the end this novel's creepiness picked up and made it impossible to stop reading until I found out who was stalking Alicia. While reading I was never sure whom to suspect since so many people could have been the stalker. This is definitely a very exciting novel with a few surprises!
dancergirl conveys a very important message: Nowadays people are very careless about the things they publish on the internet, never thinking twice about any possible consequences. Carol M. Tanzman's novel highlights this problem, sketching out a scary but believable scenario by telling us Alicia's story.
I have to admit that, at first, I struggled to connect to Alicia. While I adored her love for dancing right from the beginning, I didn't really care about her story immediately. But after a few chapters I got to know her better and started to like her more, enabling me to relate to her. And that was also the moment I got scared for her, crossing my fingers that nothing too bad would happen.
An aspect I immensely enjoyed about dancergirl were the secondary characters, especially her best friends Jacy, Sonya and Clarissa. It was obvious how they cared about each other despite their differences and I loved how everyone tried to help Alicia when her life was turned upside down by her stalker. But I also loved characters like Samantha and Cisco since they ensured a great diversity. Carol M. Tanzman managed to create believeable, round secondary characters, which cannot be found in too many novels.
All in all, I think dancergirl is a novel everyone should read since it addresses a very complicated problem which is getting more present and dangerous every day. Alicia's story is a fast read, a fact created by Carol M Tanzman's beautiful writing, which is especially intriguing during the dancing scenes. I really enjoyed this and believe that many other will like it as well.
Next book in the series:
2. Circle of Silence (August 2012)
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