by Jennifer Longo
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication Date: January 19, 2015 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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She had a plan. It went south.
Harper is a dancer. She and her best friend, Kate, have one goal: becoming professional ballerinas. And Harper won’t let anything—or anyone—get in the way of The Plan, not even the boy she and Kate are both drawn to.
Harper is a Scott. She’s related to Robert Falcon Scott, the explorer who died racing to the South Pole. So when Harper’s life takes an unexpected turn, she finagles (read: lies) her way to the icy dark of McMurdo Station . . . in Antarctica. Extreme, but somehow fitting—apparently she has always been in the dark, dancing on ice this whole time. And no one warned her. Not her family, not her best friend, not even the boy who has somehow found a way into her heart.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Harper has her life planned out with her best friend Kate. They have a list of everything they will accomplish together like renting an apartment and auditioning and getting accepted at San Francisco School of Ballet. When this plan falls through the floor, Harper takes a chance and travels to Antarctica.
I’m frozen, paralyzed, no clue behind me to find the way back.
Harper’s story is a lot of finding out who you are as a person and what you want to do in your life. Sometimes things we plan aren’t necessarily for us but new opportunities are opened and this is the case with Harper, which I was glad to see grow more and more each day in a very far away place from home. I liked that the book had past and present chapters: past would be focused on Harper’s life as a ballet dancer before traveling to Antarctica and the present is focused on Harper at Antarctica. I preferred her Antarctica life. I feel she was free in that place even though she was confined to stay in if there was a snow storm. I felt like she got to discover more of herself in that place than back home with people she loves. She also met new friends in Antarctica that I wish had gotten more light in the book. They were very nice and were there for Harper, unlike her best friend Kate.
I didn’t like reading about her past because it was centered on her friendship with Kate and let’s just say I wouldn’t want to have a friend like Kate. While she was good, she was kind of selfish and ready to drop her plans with Harper for a better offer that concerned ballet. Harper was ALWAYS complimenting Kate and Kate wouldn’t even really bother to return back any compliment. I couldn’t deal with her at all. Also, note that this book has lots of ballet terminology and if you don’t know ballet (like me), you might be lost and not understand very well these terms.
Overall, I liked Harper’s character because I could relate to her a few times. Her story is also focused on discovering herself, which made me like this story even more.
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