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Skater Sister Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-15 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 9 user ratings
ISBN:0989996492
LANGUAGE:English

" This book was Amazing! I felt like I could relate to some of the things Karen went through. " said.

" A good book! Moved fast for my tastes but I still liked it!! A great unexpected read :) so glad I won this one off of good reads. Read this noon everyone! It's really good " said.

""Skater Sister" which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is a heart-warming coming-of -age story for teen readers. It begins when Karen Fensternmacher enters grade nine, the exciting transition overshadowed by her sister Penny's achievements academically and as a figure skating champion whose recognized as an Olympic medal hopeful. But Karen is not without talent; a budding artist, her creativity begins to be recognized. As she emerges from her feeling of inferiority, finding not only her own identity but romance, Karen discovers that her sister is not as perfect as she thought when facing a crushing defeat.

This enthralling narrative is set against the 2014 Winter Olympic trials and ends dramatically with the Ladies Figure Skating competition in Sochi. The plot is well-written and progresses steadily as the two talented siblings clash. This is a story of hope, love, friendship, kindness and loyalty amid jealousy, contention and seeming defeat. It brings messages about the strength of family bonds, about sibling rivalry, discovering self-worth and being valued for your own unique talent.

The characters are realistic with all their strengths and weaknesses. Karen is a typical teen endowed with artistic talent, but who struggles with self-esteem and is insecure living in her well-known sister's shadow. Penny Fensternmacker a born performer is self-confident, imperious and poised until she faces a crushing defeat. Of Karen's classmates, William Chang is a super intelligent, nice teen who's shy and nervous until an invitation to a Sadie Hawkins dance brings changes to his personality, while Jacob (Jake)Mannheimer is confident, talented and smart, until one night of drinking damages a coveted relationship. All these characters and more add to the energy and depth of this wonderful narrative.

"Skater Sister is a touching story, written with heart and compassion which I recommend to tweens and teens alike, especially those who love figure skating.
" said.

" This book was Amazing! I felt like I could relate to some of the things Karen went through. " said.

" A good book! Moved fast for my tastes but I still liked it!! A great unexpected read :) so glad I won this one off of good reads. Read this noon everyone! It's really good " said.

""Skater Sister" which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is a heart-warming coming-of -age story for teen readers. It begins when Karen Fensternmacher enters grade nine, the exciting transition overshadowed by her sister Penny's achievements academically and as a figure skating champion whose recognized as an Olympic medal hopeful. But Karen is not without talent; a budding artist, her creativity begins to be recognized. As she emerges from her feeling of inferiority, finding not only her own identity but romance, Karen discovers that her sister is not as perfect as she thought when facing a crushing defeat.

This enthralling narrative is set against the 2014 Winter Olympic trials and ends dramatically with the Ladies Figure Skating competition in Sochi. The plot is well-written and progresses steadily as the two talented siblings clash. This is a story of hope, love, friendship, kindness and loyalty amid jealousy, contention and seeming defeat. It brings messages about the strength of family bonds, about sibling rivalry, discovering self-worth and being valued for your own unique talent.

The characters are realistic with all their strengths and weaknesses. Karen is a typical teen endowed with artistic talent, but who struggles with self-esteem and is insecure living in her well-known sister's shadow. Penny Fensternmacker a born performer is self-confident, imperious and poised until she faces a crushing defeat. Of Karen's classmates, William Chang is a super intelligent, nice teen who's shy and nervous until an invitation to a Sadie Hawkins dance brings changes to his personality, while Jacob (Jake)Mannheimer is confident, talented and smart, until one night of drinking damages a coveted relationship. All these characters and more add to the energy and depth of this wonderful narrative.

"Skater Sister is a touching story, written with heart and compassion which I recommend to tweens and teens alike, especially those who love figure skating.
" said.

"Although I am not a member of what I suspect is the author's target demographic, this book was strongly recommended to me by two people whose literary judgment I trust. They didn't steer me wrong. For the first time in many years, I stayed up all night to finish the book. It was that good. The author makes her characters very, very real, and the dialogue (both interior and exterior) is terrific. I loved the distinctive point of view, that of a girl who has always lived in the shadow of a renowned older sibling. It's certainly an interesting and novel perspective. I also appreciated the fact that at one point, I was sure I knew what was going to happen next (and a little disappointed that I had been able to guess it so easily). Not to worry, the author pulled the rug out from underneath me shortly thereafter. I strongly recommend this book. I can't find any other books by this (apparently first-time) author, but I would certainly read anything else she writes." said.

"Skater Sister is a gripping story of a young girl emerging from the shadow of her famous older sister. The author clearly understands the pressures and conflicts of the characters and spins them into a beautiful and hopeful tale. Give yourself a treat and read this book!" said.

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