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The Flamenco Academy | [Sarah Bird]

The Flamenco Academy

Rae's life falls apart when her father dies of cancer and her mother joins a religious cult. The only person who understands Rae is local bad girl Didi, who is experiencing a similar loss. Both girls fall in love with handsome flamenco guitarist Tomás Montenegro, whose aunt teaches at the university's flamenco academy. Rae and Didi take the class and become obsessed with the dance.
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Publisher's Summary

Rae's life falls apart when her father dies of cancer and her mother joins a religious cult. The only person who understands Rae is local bad girl Didi, who is experiencing a similar loss. Both girls fall in love with handsome flamenco guitarist Tomás Montenegro, whose aunt teaches at the university's flamenco academy. Rae and Didi take the class and become obsessed with the dance. In time, their love triangle plays out on an international stage, when Rae, Didi, and Tomás becoming the rising stars of flamenco.

©2006 Sarah Bird; (P)2007 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"A story brimming with romance and visceral details of flamenco, its music and its history." (Publishers Weekly)
"Funny and beautifully structured to create anticipation and suspense, with lush moments of romance and a surprisingly sturdy backbone." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Victoria Weisfeld United States 07-14-08
    Victoria Weisfeld United States 07-14-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Mesmerizing"

    Maybe because I'm a beginning flamenca, but I loved this book, word-for-word. Yes, the plot is romantic, but the real love affair is between dancers and their dance. The narrator is brilliant, channeling the eternal heartbreak of the gypsies through the losses, thwarted loves and difficult friendship of the principal character. I do not think this book would have been as good if I had read it, rather than "heard" it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Hattiesburg, MS, USA 09-01-07
    Diane Hattiesburg, MS, USA 09-01-07
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    "Captivating"

    The beginning was slow, and felt like it took too long to set the up the characters, but after the intial staging, I could not stop listening to this book. I was captivated by the hypnotic way she pronounced the names, the places the flamenco. It made me want to research the dance, the places she mentioned and the history of the Gypsy. I was transported back and could hear the guitar the clicking of the shoes and the wailing of poet. I was constantly amazed at the twists and turns as the characters developed matured. I am a romantic, and this book certainly fulfilled my high expectations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Riverside, CA, United States 03-25-14
    Andrea Riverside, CA, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Torturous chick lit"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea, maybe a 12 year old girl?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah Bird again?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Fairly good pronunciation, albeit a little over-dramatic. Oh wait, that may have been the writing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Flamenco Academy?

    Everything that had to do with the two main characters. That would have left the story about the Flamenco teacher, which was the more interesting thread in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This made me not want to listen to Flamenco or hear Flamenco ever again.

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    J Summit, NJ 08-23-07
    J Summit, NJ 08-23-07 Member Since 2005

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    "Much Too Full of Itself"

    I don't know how much of this is the author's fault, and how much is the narrator's. I've gone back and forth on Sarah Bird (LOVED "Yakota Officer's Club", but found earlier stuff uneven), but this one won't go on my "must recommend" list. The narrator constantly tried to sound ever-so-dramatic, on the verge of tears, no matter what was happening. Sometimes it gave me a headache, sometimes it made me laugh. But mostly I gagged.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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