Title: House of Dance
Author: Beth Kephart
Rosie and her mother coexist in the same house as near strangers. Since Rosie's father abandoned them years ago, her mother has accomplished her own disappearing act, spending more time with her boss than with Rosie. Now faced with losing her grandfather too, Rosie begins to visit him every day, traveling across town to his house, where she helps him place the things that matter most to him "In Trust." As Rosie learns her grandfather's story, she discovers the role music and motion have played in it. But like colors, memories fade. When Rosie stumbles into the House of Dance, she finally finds a way to restore the source of her grandfather's greatest joy.
Eloquently told, National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart's House of Dance is a powerful celebration of life and the people we love who make it worthwhile.
For starters, this was a very very quick and easy book. So the fact that I finished it in less than a day automatically made it a good pick for me.
Other than that, I have many many thoughts on this book. It'd be too hard for me to write a full review, because most of my thoughts contain spoilers, but I'll do my best not to ruin the book for anyone.
If anyone has read my reviews lately (at bookloverreviews.blogspot.com) you will know that I have been focusing a lot on the main characters... and for some reason, they are just never right. I am not someone who cares a whole lot on the main character's personality, but recently I've been getting annoyed. House of Dance had an absolutely perfect main character; she is a strong and generally good person-- she is almost TOO good. I almost wish that she would have snuck out and done something naughty, just to make her at least a little bad. However, I loved Rosie so much... she was such a sweet person, she is someone I'd strive to become, and so she made the book really enjoyable.
And it WAS really enjoyable. Depsite depressing subject matter, I still enjoyed reading the descriptions and stories thrown in here and there... it all added up to a great story with an amazing concept.
However, I did have one tiny problem: character development. There were descriptions of things that happened, and in general who everyone was, but I find myself wanting MORE! Especially more about Rosie's father and Nick, and also Marissa and Max and everyone else from the House of Dance. All of these characters intrigue me; they are all part of this grand masterpiece and I wish I could learn more about them and how they came to be.
So overall, it was a fairly enjoyable book. And it's going to make a great Christmas present for one of my best friends :)