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The Skating Pond

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In the summer, tourists come in droves to the pond in the tiny coastal town of Stonington, Maine, to see the early-morning lilies in bloom. But in the winter, the pond belongs to the locals-especially to a beautiful figure skater named Doreen Johnson, and to the boys who play hockey. It is at this pond that a tragedy occurs-a devastating accident that will thrust one teena...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by Berkley Trade (first published January 7th 2003)
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Kristine Lopez
INAPPROPRIATE for KIDS not old enough to think like an adult. Really. The first few pages were okay but it became gruesome when the child's mother had the accident. and then, when the family fell apart and the child is all alone..... a fifteen year-old posing nude to be painted bu a man 30 years OLDER than she is and then two days later they had ***?! that is so like unbelievable. she is a KID and then he's a grown MAN with a wife! and it all started when she was jogging on the sidewalk and beca...more
Jan 30, 2013 Nicx marked it as gave-up-on
I guess this book wasn't meant for me.

Even though I'm already at the age where I'm suppose to undertsand things in the adult world, this book on the other had a very heavy theme that I wasn't quite expecting. Tragedy and facing the reality of it. Maybe because I'm used in reading YA/Fantasy/Dystopian books that's why this one doesn't stood out for me that much since there isn't much going on that keeps me from reading it. The main character tells the story is as if she was an emotionless robot...more
Laura Bohnert
This book is extremely easy to fall into, marring the crude sexual content which seems to be a little extreme at times causing me to question the shelf upon which I found the book.... Other than that, it is a unique story that haunts you for a few days with the representation of spirit and, in the end, broken spirit and the fragility of a person/ persona. It compares impulse to choice and reflects despairing consequences.
I have to say that I was hooked, the whole accident and the future wreck ahead was captivating, but not necessarily in a good way. By the time I got to the end I was sick of the protagonist's stupidity and naivete, it was forgivable when she was younger, but three children and a marriage later and she still hasn't learned anything???
Story of child whose mother is a beautiful, frustrated figure skater and the father is a distant painter. Tragedy is all over in the book. The story finally boils down to who one family rises above tragedy and one family sinks beneath the weight. I can't say I would recommend this book because there are just too many downers.
Carol Johnson
Beautifully written. I hope this author writes many more! A love story about addictive, devastating love and loyal, deep, nourishing love. Lots of different relationships....mother/child, husband/wife, daughter-in-law/mother-in-law.....sweet stories!
Dec 29, 2010 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Beka , I think you might just like this one !
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Weird , in a weirdly wonderful way ! While the book is not for everyone , I appreciated the story's ability to remind how unforeseen events can shape an entire life . Corey's almost poetic writing style added to the story as well ;-)
Interesting beginning about young girl whose mother is badly disfigured in a skating accident. As a teenager, the girl ends up in an abusive relationship with an older man, an artist who spends time in a isolated Maine studio.
I had a hard time finishing it coz it's a sad story to the core.
Katherine Gould
A beautifully written book.
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