Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Book Review: Dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman

When I need brain candy, there is nothing I love more than a good "issue" novel.  You know what I mean: it deals with a very of the moment/ripped from the headlines topic.  Bonus points if it would make an amazing Lifetime Original Movie.  And this one would.  It's about a teenage girl whose life revolves around dancing.  She has a candid moment at a concert that is caught on video and goes viral online.  She suddenly becomes super popular and agrees to let her friend film some more videos of her as "dancergirl".  Things get out of control when she realizes that she is being filmed without her permisson in her home.  Suddenly she is forced to deal with the very real danger of an online stalker who knows where she lives and every movement she makes.

Ok so we're not looking at the next major award winner, but we are looking at decent writing.  There are some believability issues (the complete lack of adult interaction, the hand to hand combat performances by teenagers in life-threatening situations, etc) but I didn't find that it took away from my enjoyment of the story.  There was nothing that distracted me from the plot, which exactly what I was looking for and what I think the author was going for with this book.

Entertainment Value
Very Lifetime Original Movie in the absolute best way.  I was intrigued, horrified, and appropriately tense, but not in a way that would keep me up at night with fear.  I was 100% dedicated to the story and truly cared about the characters.  And there were no slow points or lapses where I felt like the story needed to pick up.  And while, for me, it was purely mind candy - I didn't find anything challenging or particularly long-term thought provoking - I think it could be something that would provoke some good thoughts/discussion with the YA age group it is intended for in regards to online privacy, exposing too much of yourself, the cost of putting your life in the open, etc.

I definitely recommend it.  Especially if you're like me and can't handle adult horror/hard core thriller books.  It's great suspense, but not too intense and without the violence and gore that usually goes along with adult-genre-stalker-novels. 

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