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Drina Ballerina (Drina #11)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  107 ratings  ·  10 reviews
As Drina becomes an adult, she has difficult choices to make trying to balance a career as a dancer with her personal life.
Paperback, 188 pages
Published January 17th 1991 by Hodder (first published 1991)
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The last month has been filled for me with moving house, and that meant unpacking a lot of books I haven’t touched since I was a child. The ‘Drina’ books were a favourite of mine growing up – in fact they were a favourite of my mother as well, as they were first published in 1957.

The series consists of eleven books, detailing the life and adventures of Drina Adams from age ten (roughly) to age eighteen. Drina...more
I'm embarrassed to say that I finally got this book and read it this week. I thoroughly enjoyed the finale to a series that I started as a kid and never finished (11 books, 5 published in the US). It gives me some closure!

The last book is interesting and sufficiently bittersweet to be somewhat realistic. Drina is described as "ruthless" as she climbs the ranks of her ballet company and has lost a connection with may of her close friends. She's okay with that though and marries and American busi...more
It makes me very, very sad to say it, but this was not the ending I waited nearly 18 years for. Though satisfying to see Drina achieve her dream--and her destiny--the book ended with a very odd scene. This final book was published almost thirty years after the one immediately previous ( Drina Goes on Tour ), so I wonder if Goes on Tour was meant to be the last book. That's one of the two that have been too expensive to acquire, so I haven't read it yet.

I still love Drina anyway.
I give the series five stars, but this book only three. I've been waiting 20 years to read this book, and finally, I tracked it down (and was actually able to afford it) but it did not live up to 20 years worth of expectation. In all fairness, probably not much would. It's obvious that this book was written many years after the tenth book, Drina Goes on Tour. The writing style is different, it's stilted, and it's hard to determine which decade it's set in.
Whatever flaws with the writing and cha...more
Read the whole series in 6 days. Was wonderful to read them all again.
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Leaves me at a loose end. I want my questions answered! What happens to Rose and Queenie and Mark and Jan? How does Drina reconcile her lack of maternal tendencies with her mother-in-law's wishes? What does Grant want? I wonder if anyone's ever written Drina fanfiction...
Feb 04, 2013 Lisa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Read this series in JR High and simply LOVED them! I need to track these down.....
Least favourite. Drina all grown up and getting married is just not as fun to read about!
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