Author: Katherine Locke
Publication date: April 13, 2015
Synopsis: Four years ago, a car accident ended Zedekiah Harrow’s ballet career and sent Philadelphia Ballet principal dancer Alyona Miller spinning toward the breakdown that suspended her own. What they lost on the side of the road that day can never be replaced, and grief is always harshest under a spotlight…
Now twenty-three, Zed teaches music and theatre at a private school in Washington, D.C. and regularly attends AA meetings to keep the pain at bay. Aly has returned to D.C. to live with her mother while trying to recover from the mental and physical breakdown that forced her to take a leave of absence from the ballet world, and her adoring fans.
When Zed and Aly run into each other in a coffee shop, it’s as if no time has passed at all. But without the buffer and escape of dance—and with so much lust, anger and heartbreak hanging between them—their renewed connection will either allow them to build the together they never had…or destroy the fragile recoveries they’ve only started to make.
Book One of the District Ballet Company
Don’t forget! You can check out the prequel novella TURNING POINTE at Carina Press right here. See Zed when he danced, how they got together, and what happened years before SECOND POSITION starts!
About the Author:
Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she’s ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. Her dayjobs always vary, but in the past she’s worked in nuclear weapons abolition activism, lead poisoning prevention and education, and food safety programs at a mushroom farm. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and when she’s not reading, she’s tweeting about reading and writing. She likes her heroes boyish and her heroines with dirty mouths. She secretly believes most books are fairytales in disguise. Her debut novel, SECOND POSITION, arrives in April 2015 from Carina Press.
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I received a copy of the book on a read to review basis from Nori–creator of the Sunday Street Team–via NetGalley.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
I’ve always been a fan of anything to do with dance because of it’s grace and delicateness (if that’s not a word, it is now) so when Nori from Read Write Love 28 came up with the Sunday Street Team and gave me the opportunity to review this book i was ecstatic! From the Minute I picked the book up, I fell in love! I absolutely love the fact that the book was told in two different points of view and that both of the main characters were broken. Usually what I’ve found with stories like this is that there is always one main character who’s whole and has to try and fix the other. However, In this story Ally and Zed both had to fix each other and find ways of coping with their mutual past as well as with their own demons. The other thing I liked about this book is that Katherine made a main character with a prosthetic leg, but did NOT center the book about him or make me feel pity for him because he’d lost a leg. Instead, she made Zed a strong and competent character who had to get past the fact that he could no longer leg. At the same time, she didn’t make Zed pity the loss of his leg too much which was great because it didn’t create a whiny main character.
Another issue Katherine dealt with was eating disorders. The way Katherine wrote about what Ally was going through made me understand, and connect with her more as a person. Having friends who deal with eating disorders and helping them cope, I feel that Katherine in no way overdramatized the subject! I LOVED how she showed Ally’s different moods as she dealt with her eating disorder and other issues she was dealing with. I also like how she incorporated the coping mechanisms Ally used to make her a more three dimensional character.
Lastly, i adored the therapist’s whit and overall personality! Where can I find one like him?
Overall, Second Position was an AMAZING book with a great premise.