Book Reviews of The Orpheus Obsession

The Orpheus Obsession
The Orpheus Obsession
Author: Dakota Lane
ISBN-13: 9780060741730
ISBN-10: 0060741732
Publication Date: 6/28/2005
Pages: 288
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
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5 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Type: Hardcover
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its about a girl that sometimes sees her life as a movie
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Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

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 two sisters find themselves at a lush maze in Brighton Beach. There, Anooshka stumbles across a photo shoot. Peeking through the hedges, ZZ Moon suddenly panics. She tries to pull away, but Anooshka will have nothing to do with that. ZZ Moon nervously tells Anooshka that it's none other than Orpheus, the musician that she listens to constantly. Anooshka walks over to him and gets the nerve to ask for his autograph; for her sister, of course. But once she's met Orpheus herself, she's smitten.

Back at home, after dealing with her mom's latest drama, she logs onto the Internet and starts reading all of Orpheus's web blog. Anooshka starts to notice a connection with Orpheus. His thoughts online mirror many of her own. In her reading, she learns the fact that Orpheus is part owner in a NYC restaurant, Constellation. She calls her sister up and the two of them plan on an outing there the following Sunday.

Much to their delight, they encounter Orpheus at Constellation, and he talks to them. He even goes so far as to offer the two of them passes to his show later. Of course they are thrilled. From this point on, Anooshka's obsession is solidified, and all she can concentrate on is Orpheus.

Throughout the course of the summer, Anooshka goes to many lengths to be where Orpheus is. When he showers even a little bit of attention on her, it pulls her even deeper into her obsession.

Dakota Lane writes a dark novel of how a chance meeting can begin the stirrings of an obsession. Anooshka made her first contact with Orpheus for her sister's sake, but soon, the tide is turned and Anooshka can't get enough. Cold reality sets in, and the reader can see how Anooshka tries to get a grip back on her life, though it's never easy. Ms. Lane makes the reader realize that an obsession is a hard habit to break.
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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 a special force that 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 have to say about Orpheus, because she can't believe them. She shows up several times when she knows he will be certain places, and they end up spending a magical evening together. Anooshka knows that she is head over heals in love with him. But does he feel the same?

I thought this book had the possibility of being really good. It just kind of fizzled out for me in the end. Anooshka is likeable, but it's her mother and sister, ZZ Moon, that were more interesting to me. Anooshka just seemed like she wanted someone or anyone to love her, especially in the absence of her father. I love Dakota Lane's voice though. Her style is different from other YA writers out there, because it has a kind of a gritty/urban flare to it. This was a decent read for all the YA readers out there.
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Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

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 two sisters find themselves at a lush maze in Brighton Beach. There, Anooshka stumbles across a photo shoot. Peeking through the hedges, ZZ Moon suddenly panics. She tries to pull away, but Anooshka will have nothing to do with that. ZZ Moon nervously tells Anooshka that it's none other than Orpheus, the musician that she listens to constantly. Anooshka walks over to him and gets the nerve to ask for his autograph; for her sister, of course. But once she's met Orpheus herself, she's smitten.

Back at home, after dealing with her mom's latest drama, she logs onto the Internet and starts reading all of Orpheus's web blog. Anooshka starts to notice a connection with Orpheus. His thoughts online mirror many of her own. In her reading, she learns the fact that Orpheus is part owner in a NYC restaurant, Constellation. She calls her sister up and the two of them plan on an outing there the following Sunday.

Much to their delight, they encounter Orpheus at Constellation, and he talks to them. He even goes so far as to offer the two of them passes to his show later. Of course they are thrilled. From this point on, Anooshka's obsession is solidified, and all she can concentrate on is Orpheus.

Throughout the course of the summer, Anooshka goes to many lengths to be where Orpheus is. When he showers even a little bit of attention on her, it pulls her even deeper into her obsession.

Dakota Lane writes a dark novel of how a chance meeting can begin the stirrings of an obsession. Anooshka made her first contact with Orpheus for her sister's sake, but soon, the tide is turned and Anooshka can't get enough. Cold reality sets in, and the reader can see how Anooshka tries to get a grip back on her life, though it's never easy. Ms. Lane makes the reader realize that an obsession is a hard habit to break.