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The Orpheus Obsession

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Anooshka Stargirl sometimes sees her life as a movie. But she can't escape the realities. At home there's a depressed mother who often won't emerge from bed. And a dad who's not in the picture. There are two best friends but a stifling pack of aspiring glamour girls. Fortunately there's Zoetrope Zallulah Moon, modish older sister extraordinaire, living a bus ride away in N ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 28th 2005 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I first read this book as a tween, so long ago I'd forgotten the title, the names, the cover-- everything but one line that stuck in perfect, crystal clarity.

Ten years later I started Googling that line, only to find (twenty times in a row) that that line existed nowhere on the internet. I gave up.

A week ago, I was cleaning out my room, and found a notebook I hadn't opened since I was fifteen, and in it I'd scribbled that line-- along with the title of the book.

This is no work of Shakespeare. Th
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I bought Orpheus and Johnny Voodoo together and jumped right into Orpheus, eager to see if my friend's recommendation was spot on, and found myself unable to pull free until the ride came to an end. So what is it about Dakota's writing that lures you in and keeps you hooked? Simple, it's her beautiful prose, whimsical descriptions, acutely accurate voice and exceptional characters. There are few books out there that can transport you from the sofa in your drafty living room and drop you into the ...more
Edmund Davis-Quinn
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A very odd book, that took me a long time to finish. Don't go chasing waterfalls.
Jennifer Wardrip
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Anooshka Star has a miserable home life. Her mom is always depressed and Anooshka never knows what to expect from one day to the next. Her father has gone off to live in India. Anooshka had the choice of going with him but felt the right thing to do was stay in the States with her mom. Her only chance of reprieve is a short bus trip to visit her sister, Zoetrope Zallulah Moon (aka ZZ Moon) on occasion.

It is during one such trip during the summer that the t
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. The main character, Anooshka Star, is such an entertaining, real, and easy-to-relate-to kind of protagonist. She has attitude, she makes mistakes, but always follows her heart and soul with a contagious resilience.

I enjoyed this book throughout; I couldn't put it down. It was really engaging, and as Anooshka goes throughout her life and tribulations I felt closer and closer to her, almost like a friend. Kind of like Mia in the Princess Diaries books, you feel like
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing. It had a touch of Charlotte Perkin Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" to it, and so made it interesting. But part of the reason I like it so much is that it made me realize that once, I was a shadow of this girl. I did not stalk my guy, but I was addicted to him. When I was not with him, I had this urge to be with him, or to close my eyes and 'feel' his arms wrapped around me. In truth, I thought it was the purest of loves. And then he broke it off, and didn't both ...more
Mar 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
I picked up the Orpheus Obsession a couple of days before library day because I couldn't find anything else lying around that I really wanted to read. I am so glad that I did! The pop culture teen oriented cover and book description were a bit of a turn off, but the book was much deeper than those elements led me to believe.

Anooshka, on the surface, is a stereotypical teen. She has a dismal homelife consisting of a depressed single mother; a group of supportive school friends; and an older siste
May 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Anooshka Stargirl is obsessed. Her friends even think she has gone crazy. After meeting Orpheus by chance at one of her old favorite spots, Anooshka can't stop thinking about him. He has invaded her thoughts, and she has trouble pushing him away. She starts reading his online blog, and she feels that a special force is pulling them together, at least that's what she thinks. The farther she gets into the obsession the more she casts out her family and friends. She doesn't want to hear what they h ...more
Sep 20, 2010 rated it liked it
the orpheus obsession is about anooshka, a girl who meets orpheus, a famous musician who she felt she had an instant connection with and who seems to feel the same way about her.

i started reading the book with low expectations. i assumed that this would be a so-so fairy tale love story about a regular girl falling for someone famous but it was way different than what i expected. anooshka came off as angsty but mature at the same time. mid-way through the book i kept shaking my head with how pre
Sep 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I found this on Novelist because I was looking for something Francesca Lia Block-y (a tall order) and it didn't disappoint. It brims with outsiders and heartbreak and hope and super ultra lux prose. Anooshka is an utterly frustrating but totally endearing protagonist. She struggles with a difficult, depressed, obsessive mother but things get worse when Anooshka starts to exhibit the same kind of unpredictable behavior, especially when it comes to the famous singer Orpheus. Orpheus connects with ...more
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I've LOVED this book since 5th grade. A girl with an insane mother starts listening to a musician named Orpheus. She feels they have an INSANE connection and eventually they meet. Orpheus is very mysterious and charms her into following him and watching his website constantly. Eventaully she sleeps with him. He leaves for tour and comes back not really acknowledging her. Her arch enemie from school tells her he did the exact same thing to her. The other half of the book is the girl healing and g ...more
Katiee Rose
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I found this book years ago at a forgotten, run-down bookstore in the middle of an outlet mall. The cover was so colorful it caught my attention, and my middle-school self fell in love. I've read it many times over the years, and every time I am still in love with the characters, and the photography throughout. At times, it can be cheesy, but it adds to the aesthetic of the lustful characters.
Ara Santiago
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Let's just say that Anooshka Stargirl's fan-girling methods are the same as mine which includes the ultimate high when you get the chance to meet your idol and the fears (and deceptions) that come alongside it.
Feb 22, 2008 rated it liked it
This book should have only taken a few hours to read, but I kept having to put it down. I knew how it was going to be and sometimes I couldn't handle the embarrassing things the main character was doing.
May 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Meh. Interesting concept and the allusion to mythology was nifty. But overall was pretty heavy-handed and melodramatic. Hard to get through (I only finished it because i didn't want to offend the friend who lent it to me.)
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was confusing at first, a little bit hard to follow on. Still, really good book and storyline! About a young girl and her obsession with a "Sweet and gentle" Rockstar who she unexpectedly meets and will never forget.
Camille Azarcon
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this that much during the first read. However, when I reread it after a few years I actually took a liking to this book.
May 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about a girl who chased her super crush and it turned out that her crush finds her interesting but she was heartbroken in the end.
Bridget T.
Nov 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
so deep and mystical...
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
THE BEST BOOK EVER. I luv everything about it. It was so well written & entertaining
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
A dazzling dizzy array of characters and situations that places the reader squarely in a world of shifting sands.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my absolute favorite books. I have my own hard copy of it, and when I need something good to reread, I pick it up.
Irvington Public Library Teens
Obession is the word for Anooshka's reaction to rocker Orpheus and his music. This is an usual book, so you'll probably like it lot of not be interested.
Nov 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
orpheus is kinda mean
it was decent.
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