1st September 2011, Red Fox
272 pages, Paperback
Children's, 10 years +
Themes: life at school, burn out, consequences of burn out, ignoring friends and good advice, keeping phobias a secret, being too stubborn minded, being unreasonable, loosening up, relaxation, stuffing up friendships, saying sorry in a way that suits the recipient, some teen romance, tissues needed
Summary from Random House Children's Books
Tania Dunn is a promising ice-skater, but is in for a shock when her coach decides to pair her with Zac, a daredevil novice skater, for the summer ice show. Tania is outraged! She has always been a singles skater and she doesn't trust Zac on the ice at all. But Zac is very good looking and willing to try anything and slowly but surely he begins to win Tania over...
The reason I adore this book is that Tania is me. I burnt out in life just like she did, although the actual circumstances were slightly different and more logical than Tania's burnout. How she acts is really realistic, and I urge people to read it so everyone can look out for their friends. It is possible to follow your dreams and have a little time for relaxation along the way, as dreams are often a lot of hard work, but as Tania finds out they are worth it.
This thought provoking read, which has an awesome cover, gets 10/10 from me.
You can find out more about Jo's Sweet Heart series on the dedicated website.
For more ice skating drama, check out Kay Woodward's series, Skate School which starts with Ice Princess