The initial reason I started reading dancergirl was because I wanted to make sure Circle of Silence made sense when I started to read it. I had no expectations of what the book would be like, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The characters were very well written and I was especially fond of Jace. I wish there had been more of him and more relationship development between him and Alicia. I also wish there had been more of Ali’s mother in the story. The current trend of having extremely absentee parents gets a little more annoying each time I read it.
The writing was easy to read and flowed well. The beginning was a little awkward because there was a lot of explanation of details that didn’t have much bearing on the development of the story. Once that was out of the way, the story flowed easily along. The dance descriptions were gorgeous and Tanzman has an immense talent for writing that imagery, but on the flip side, she also has the ability to write tension and suspense.
As for the story, I felt like it was a little predictable in how Tanzman tried to make it unpredictable. I figured the ending out pretty early, and yet it still felt a little out of the blue, but not really in a good way. To me, there wasn’t enough character motivation given to let the ending make sense. It felt more like that outcome was chosen because it would seemingly be something unexpected.
Overall, dancergirl was a good book, but it fell flat in a few spots. It’s a good, quick read and has no major flaws, just little things here and there that held me back from falling completely in love with it.