I was buddy reading this with my sister and neithet of us could get into it. We finally just decided to put it down.
The novel is told in first person from the main character (I can't remember her name). I was confused as to how old she was supposed to be. Her dad supposedly died when she was 2 ten years before, but she's only a few months away from high school. It just didn't add up. She also read like a very young character, which I wasn't expecting. She read more like and 8-10 y ...more
I do not recommend this book to people who like violence or hard core but to people who like dance, drama, hard work, and music. I personally do not like dance but really this is about determination and how to live out your dreams with the ups and downs.
I read it when I was 10-11 years old and it still has a place in my bookshelf at home. There are just some books you can't forget about your whole life, and for me, this is one of them.
This was literally the book that got me into reading. It is a beautiful story about a poor girl of a hand-to-mouth existence who just wants to dance but doesn't even know herself. In the hustling-bustling city of New York, she finds friendship, follows her dreams and fin ...more
I picked this book up because it was in the historical fiction section at my library (and the cover was pretty and that was a plus of course), and when I cracked it open, I couldn't put it down! Literally! I read this book straight through in five hours (But I'm a really fast reader)! I am NOT a dancer and when it comes to grace... I could trip on an ant. I still really felt an emotional connection to Casey Quinn, and because of the way the book was written, I felt like I c ...more
It was about the amount of emotion we put into art--painting and dancing in this story--and how that emotion is what m ...more
Reasons to Read:
1.Casey's Determined Nature:
One of the main drives in the book is how much Casey is determined to become a dancer in New York. She is willing ...more
This book is a children's book aimed at ages 9+, though totally suitable for kids younger than that. Because of this, the book is not very deep and emotional and is pretty much a happy, cute read. The book is also quite enjoyable for teen and adult readers as well, though I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for something deep.
I liked this book for the simplicity of it, the characters are simple, the narration is simple and the story is a ...more
The main character (Casey) really wants to become a dancer but her family can't afford to put her in dance. Her dad died in World War II, so they don't have money for things like bal ...more
There is also an antagonist who is, well, very antagonist-y. In real life, good and bad is not so separate. But they were too black-and-white in the book. And then at the end the antagonist becomes good. Because it has to have a happy ending, however impossible.
The main ...more
The story eventually turned out to be a lot more entertaining than expected, and the book was a little sad a some po ...more
This book had a lot of promise. It's an original plotline and romance-free, with some issues I sympathize with. However, due to its development, I find 2.5 stars the highest I could rate this. First of all, Casey's character is a determined spirit who isn't shy or submissive. On the other hand, she lacks a whole lot in the humility category. When Ann-Lee makes fun of her, Casey always tells the girl she calls "the Priss" that she's better than her, an action Ann-Lee reciprocates. Casey...more
There's a lot to like in this book. Casey makes for a fun and lovable main character (plus, there's a whole cast of colorful secondaries), and her dreams of being a great dancer never falter, in spite all the obstacles in her way. I love the setting, too: all the way from small town USA to a New York City boarding school, with a vintage feel to both. Lastly, the themes are the sort that give ...more
My two favorite characters were Gran and ...more
Casey's an interesting one. I absolutely love the way she sees the world:
I dance my way home from school. Fast and hard on angry days, my feet biting the sidewalk like mad dog. Long and slow when ...more
The main protagonist was very likeable from the start because she was easy to sympathize with. The supporting characters were well written as well and filled the other perspectives and attitudes needed to complete the feel a ...more
Strangely, though, for a light and frivolous read (both the title and the shiny cover position it as one), ...more
“Someday Dancer” can be split into two parts — Casey’s time in South Carolina and her time in New York — and both parts essential to making this great book whole. It’s clear author Sarah Rubin has a love of dance. It practically jumps through Casey and off the page.
It’s also clear that Sarah did her research.
Those who aren’t familiar with modern dance often think it’s all the same. But like ballet, which has a number of different methods, so, too, does modern dan ...more