Review Detail

 
Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0

A Beautiful Story

Reader reviewed by the book muncher

At only fifteen and a half years old, Ruby Jacinski is forced to take a job at the packinghouses in order to support her family. But even with that job, Rubys family is very poor. Ruby yearns for the time when they didnt live in the Yards, when they had money, when her father was alive. She also wants more freedom from her strict mother. Opportunity comes in the form of bad boy Paulie Suelze. With help from him, Ruby lands a job at a Taxi-Dance Hall, where her wages are much higher than she could ever make at the packinghouse.

At the Starlight, the Taxi-Dance Hall, Ruby manages to make one solid friend, Peggy, whose experience guides Ruby and helps her out of some sticky situations. However, nothing could stop Ruby for falling in love with Paulie. Soon with success at the Starlight and a relationship with Paulie, Ruby finds herself caught up in the dangerous world of money and mobsters. Ruby is constantly torn between her loyalties to her family, her friends, and Paulie as well as her illusion as she struggles to discover what she truly wants in her life.

Ten Cents a Dance was certainly an amazing historical novel. it was placed against the backdrop of World War II, and the wartime atmosphere in America was very well-portrayed. But my favorite aspect of this novel had to be Rubys character. She is such a strong young woman, and even though she made many mistakes, she learned from them. If Ruby were a real person, shed be living evidence of the phrase, what doesnt kill you makes you stronger. On another note, I could Rubys love of dance and music fascinating. I swear, I have a vivid image in my head of Ruby hoofing it. Ruby has definitely won me over with her journey to find herself, and she has become one of my favorite fictional characters.

I think Rubys strength can be an inspiration to all of us, and I whole-heartedly recommend Ten Cents a Dance. Fans of historical fiction novels, such as A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, as well as coming-of-age stories like I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert will also enjoy this novel.

reposted from http://thebookmuncher.blogspot.com

Was this review helpful to you? 

Comments

 
 
Ordering 
 
Already have an account? or Create an account
 
 
 
Powered by JReviews

Latest Book Listings Added

Game Change
Seventeen-year-old Zeb Holloway is happy to work in his...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Wilder Legacy
The life of a Guardian is a dangerous one,...
 
4.8
 
5.0 (1)
The Stars Beneath Our Feet
It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Keeper - Matefinder Next Generation Book 1
Anya has inherited her mother's gift. Born in a...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Spies Like Me
Can she bring these girls together? When she discovers...
 
4.8
 
0.0 (0)
Royal Bastards
Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father,...
 
4.0
 
4.0 (2)
Before I Let Go
Days before Corey is to return home to the...
 
5.0
 
5.0 (1)
Growing Friendships: A Kids' Guide to Making and Keeping Friends
From psychologist and children's friendships expert Eileen Kennedy-Moore and parenting...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Sword and Scion 01: Into the Dark Mountains
How lost one feels when his own character remains a...
 
0.0
 
4.9 (2)
The Pirates of Brisa (Wyrms of Pasandir #2)
When young Eskandar leaves his ship with the tough broomrider...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Building a Trade Empire (Wyrms of Pasandir #4)
Trade had been Shaw’s life, her dream, her future –...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Journeys: Young Readers’ Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives
Books can change lives — and here are more than...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Moonlight Meeting: The Nocturnals
In The Moonlight Meeting, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, Bismark, a...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Hidden Kingdom: The Nocturnals Book 4
A group of veiled creatures--a chameleon, stick bugs and assorted...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
In Sight of Stars
Seventeen-year-old Klee’s father was the center of his life. He...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Bokkaners of the North (Wyrms of Pasandir #3)
Against all odds, Eskandar and his bunch of ragtag youngsters...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

Empress of the World (Battle Hall Davies #1)
 
4.0
" This review can also be found at http://fortheloveofbooksreviews.blogspot.ca/2016/09/empress-of-world-by-sara-ryan.html Nicola is taking a summer course in archaeology at..."
I Was Here
 
4.7
"Think of a darker THIRTEEN REASONS WHY. In this case Cody blames herself for the suicide of her BFF. After..."
Tokyo Heist
 
4.7
"I love travel and love books set in foreign places. Renn did a great job capturing Tokyo in this book...."
The Edge of the Water (Whidbey Island Saga #2)
 
3.0
"The Edge of the Water, sequel to The Edge of Nowhere, takes Becca and the inhabitants of Whidbey Island on..."
The Edge of Nowhere
 
3.7
"The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George follows young Becca King, a girl who can hear thoughts of others as..."
Mosquitoland
 
5.0
"Mosquitoland by David Arnold is now one of my favorite books and the best I've read in a long, long..."
Mosquitoland
 
5.0
"The first thing a reader notices when they pick up MOSQUITOLAND is the voice. Self-proclaimed strange protagonist Mary Iris Malone..."
Mosquitoland
 
4.3
"Writing reviews for contemporaries are the hardest for me, especially the ones that involve Important Topics About Life. Mosquitoland is..."
A Mad, Wicked Folly
 
5.0
"I actually really loved this book. It was a great standalone read and I really enjoyed reading it. ..."
I Was Here
 
4.0
"Cody is shocked by her best friend Meg's death. To her, Meg was happy and she has no idea what..."
I Was Here
 
5.0
"After reading Forman’s debut novel, If I Stay, and its sequel, Where She Went, I knew Forman was not afraid..."
45 Pounds (More or Less)
 
4.0
" I wanted to read this one because I am overweight myself and figured that I would..."
Stranger (The Change #1)
 
4.0
"What I Liked: If you follow my reviews, you probably know that I adore books about people with powers. Stranger..."
Blind
 
3.3
"What I Liked: Rachel DeWoskin’s Blind was a book I was curious about, but I wasn’t so sure it would..."
Blind
 
4.0
" I wanted to read Blind because I am drawn to books dealing with disability or mental..."
Latitude Zero
 
4.3
"Talk about whirlwind suspense, tension, and adventure that doesn't stop! I was hooked on the very first page of..."
Brazen
 
5.0
"Historicals are one of my all time favorite genres. I also love anything that deals with the Tudors. ..."
Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy #1)
 
4.7
"Half Bad is disturbing -- as it should be. There are ten million places to find a synopsis, but the..."
Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy #1)
 
4.3
"Upon finishing Half Bad my first thought was, "HOLY CRAP!", so I went to Goodreads to see what everyone else..."
The Moon and More
 
3.0
"God, it took me forever to read this. Sarah Dessen's books feel like home. They take me out of..."