Book Reviews of Secret of the Dance

Secret of the Dance
Secret of the Dance
Author: Susan Eileen Walker
ISBN-13: 9780976680543
ISBN-10: 0976680548
Publication Date: 9/15/2006
Pages: 232
Reading Level: Young Adult
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Publisher: Keene Publishing
Book Type: Paperback
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Jeremy and Chance Applewhite have always been dancers. After high school, Jeremy moved to New York and became a star. Chance stayed at home, got married, raised a daughter, and now runs a restaurant and a dance studio with his wife, Stacy. Jeremy and Chance haven't spoken in years.

Remi, Chance's daughter, has inherited the love of dance, as well as the talent, that runs through her family. Lately she's been feeling like she's outgrown the options that a small town has to offer a promising ballerina. She's beginning to wonder if she shouldn't try and contact her famous uncle, even though she knows it will upset her dad.

Dottie is Jeremy and Chance's grandmother, but she was the one who raised them and cared for them. She hates that the boys don't communicate, not that she'll ever let the pain show. In Remi she sees an opportunity to get the ball rolling, and she encourages her to write a letter to her uncle.

Before the letter can even get to Jeremy, he mysteriously returns. But Dottie has passed away, and it's too late to fix some things. But maybe not everything. Maybe they can all turn over new leaves. They all have a lot to hide, and they're all protective, but after all this time the fall-out might be exactly what everyone needs.

There's a lot going on in this story. Lots of secrets, lots of ambition, lots of miscommunication. There's the idea of following your dreams, and the danger of doing so singlehandedly. There's also the idea of letting your dreams change to fit your life. This is really the story of Jeremy, Chance, and Stacy. Remi plays and integral part, but she's not really the main focus. It is interesting to see her on the cusp of making the same decision that everyone else made that shaped her life. I just wish we could have spent a little more time with her, and seen her make her decision. The ending was left a bit open-ended, so maybe we'll still get that chance.