Sarah (not me) requests your help with a YA novel that isn’t a romance, but sounds like something I would totally want to read:
Well, this is somewhat off topic because it is not, in fact, a romance, but
it’s such a random book I’m hoping at least one other person may recall
I’m looking for a young adult book I read in the early nineties about a
young figure skater. There are a hell of a lot of books about young figure
skaters, but this one was unique in that said figure skater’s mother was so
dead against her precious baby falling into the den of iniquity that is
competitive pairs figure skating that she ships her daughter off to boarding
school. Whereupon shenanigans ensue as the daughter keeps sneaking away to
prepare for the big competition. This book is also unique in that the
heroine was pretty awesomely bitchy. When her classmates bully her, she’s
not afraid to be rude and flat out mean right back at them.
A few specifics that stuck with me all these years: I can’t remember the
protagonist’s name but her main tormenter at the school was called
something like Marlene or Margo, the heroine sawed the seat off her bike to
better develop her leg muscles, and she and her partner’s sexy long routine
was to the soundtrack of a spy movie called “Cloak and Dagger”. (Yes, I
remember the name of the fake movie but not the heroine. I don’t know.) I
think there was some kind of romance going on with the partner, who was such
a bad (figure skating) boy that they had to do their big performance with
him sporting not one, but two black eyes.
I really want to reread this. It was one of the first books with such a
flawed heroine that I’d ever read, and I’m very curious to see how it
actually stacks up against my memory.
Anyone recall this book?