Release Date: November 15th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
Series: WiHi #1, As if there needed to be another book in this series…
The videos went viral…
EVER FEEL LIKE SOMEONE’S WATCHING YOU?
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.
Alright, so I can’t spoil the ending. But I really want to, because it was so utterly ridiculous. Like over-the-top cheesy clusterf*ck. To be honest, I didn’t love dancergirl. I liked it, thought it was a cool idea and all, but I never really felt an emotional connection to the characters and I didn’t really care all that much what happened to them. And that’s it in a nutshell. There’s really not a whole lot to say without spoiling parts of the story. I liked it enough, and then when the ending happened, my rating went from three stars to two, because of how stupid it was. My eyes were rolling.
Basically, what the story comes down to is this: it’s a stalker story. Alicia is filmed by a friend dancing, and because she’s such a good dancer (apparently, but this is stupid too), the video goes viral. And then all of a sudden everyone has an opinion on Alicia, her dancing, and her life. And then she starts getting stalked. But truthfully,I never felt that the story was all that believable. Sure, I enjoyed it, and it was a fast read, but I’ve read a lot of thrillers in my time, and this one wasn’t all that great.
Technical complaints? The pacing was ALL over the place. A bunch of things would happen at once, then nothing of importance would happen for awhile. I don’t know how that made it past editing, but it did. Like I said before, I lacked an emotional connection to the characters, and besides that, they weren’t very well-developed. And then there was that ending. Oh lord. I’ve said enough over that.
Things I did like? The portrayal of NYC. I thought the setting descriptions and imagery were well done. I liked the feeling of claustrophobia the author managed to create through her writing. But it wasn’t enough to save what was an extremely mediocre story in my opinion.
To pre-order Dancergirl from Amazon.com (at your own risk of course), click here: dancergirl (Harlequin Teen)