Ten Cents a Dance

 
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Amazing YA Historical Fiction

Reader reviewed by ambeen

Ten Cents a Dance begins with an exciting opening scene and continues to deliver throughout the novel.

I usually don't say much about plot because it isn't as important to me as the characters are; however, the plot was amazing in this novel. I loved it. It was just as important and intriguing as the characters.

I thought each character was well developed, even the more minor characters. I felt like I was given a glimpse into the soul of each and came away having an understanding of each character and their actions.

Another aspect of the novel I loved was the historical one. I have always loved history and reading books set in the 1940s and earlier, so it was no surprise that I enjoyed the historical setting of Ten Cents a Dance. I had never heard of taxi-dancers before and loved learning all about this particular event in history.

The only problem I had with Ten Cents a Dance was that I wanted more, which isn't really a problem at all. I was invested in every single character so I really wish I knew what happened with more of the minor characters like Stan, Angie, Manny, etc.

I absolutely loved this book. It pulled me in from the beginning and would not let go. This is definitely a book I'll be recommending every chance I get. Go buy it now, you won't regret it!

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A Beautiful Story

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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.

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