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The Melting Season

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Giselle is a cultured ballet student, the daughter of the famous ballerina Marina Parke-Vanova and the late dance historian Grigori Vanov. On her first-ever trip to "Westchest-ah", as her mother's deranged boyfriend Blitz calls it, she meets the most beautiful boy she's ever seen. Will introduces Giselle to the world beyond Manhattan, and for the first time, makes her feel ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 22nd 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published November 14th 2006)
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Sep 02, 2016 Lynn rated it did not like it
I love ballet and got this book from the library think I would really like it...Not So.
It was boring and didn't draw me in at all. The characters were annoying and it was hard for me to like any of them. There's a swear word on almost every page, maybe two. No joke! I read one chapter and was done with it. I don't recommend this book to anyone.
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Mar 24, 2010 Lea :) rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was a story that was believable. Sometimes in books, the main character has a beautiful life, or at least things go the way he or she wants them to. This book WAS a little cheesy in some parts but the cheesiness just made it sweet.
In this book, Giselle, is a 16 year- old girl living in New York City. She is a ballet dancer, living with her mother in a giant apartment. Both her parents are/ were famous ballet dancers, but her father died of cancer early in her life
Jan 09, 2011 Khaile added it
This book is about how a girl has a life that revolves all around dancing. Her mom sent her father away when he was sick and so the girl, Giselle, never forgave her mom. Eventually she met a boy, Will, who changed her life. She started to seee that there was more to life than dance. She started to loosen up. She was scared though to find out the truth about her father, and how her mother was protecting her and how her life would change, and that she would have to find a way to deal with it. She ...more
Feb 04, 2011 Heidi rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2010
Giselle's life fell apart when her adored father, a dancer and choreographer, died ten years ago. Now 16, she attends a private arts school in NYC where her mother, a retired ballerina, teaches. Her sheltered life doesn't leave time for a social life and then she meets Will, who attends a public school outside NYC. Giselle's sometimes-clumsy attempts at first love are humorous as the relationship develops. By the end of the book, she remembers a family secret.
Jan 02, 2009 Rosiea rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all my friends and their daughters
Recommended to Rosiea by: a colleague
I loved this book.  Ms. Conway took me into the world of  ballet which is completely new to me. Giselle is a strong role model for young girls as she is smart and mature well beyond her years.  She is so in touch with her convictions and doubts, her humanity shines through.  I look forward to reading more from this author.
Feb 26, 2013 Julia rated it really liked it
great book of struggle and romance. not sure what the true plot was because i finished it in deccemeber. but, it was an enjoyable read.
Dec 28, 2013 S rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
and the story had so much potential... >.<
but hey, not bad for the author's first book though! :D
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Shelves: ya-lit, 2006
Ballerina book - okay, not great.
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I just couldn't do it. Too boring, too much swearing, too predictable. :P
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Celeste Conway is a published author of children's books and young adult books. Published credits of Celeste Conway include The Melting Season, Where Is Papa Now?, The Goodbye Time, and When You Open Your Eyes.
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