When I was in school, the performing arts subjects were the reason I went. I loved them. Although unlike the characters in Kathy Petrakis's Dancers and Divas series, I have no talent when it comes to dancing and acting. But that didn't stop me from loving book one in the series, Passion and Pain.
This book centres around 15 year old Elena Martinez and her talented group of friends. All dealing with varying degrees of issues that are faced by teens in todays society.
Elena, is a normal fifteen year old, trying to fit in at school, make good grades, be a good friend, experiencing her first love and dealing with all the conflicting emotions that that involves. She feels an attraction towards Jay from the first time she sees him and eventually they start dating. The author did a great job or showing us the reader how easy it is to be swept up in the feelings of love and therefore be so forgiving of letdowns by your partner and not be able to see things clearly. I really felt for Elena because even I was fooled by the things that were happening there for a little while. And then I just got angry!! There was one statement that Jay made after talking to his sister and I just wanted to put my hands through the book and throttle him. (Cryptic I know. Sorry, I don't want to spoil things!)
When you have a group of teenagers competing for coveted positions there is bound to be someone who feels threatened and gets their nose put out of joint. And that person is Letitia. She was the preverbal mean girl. She has an instant dislike for Elena and sets out to make her life a misery. She has students wrapped around her finger and at times even the teachers are bowing to her demands.
My favourite characters by far were Sebastian and Darius. Elena's best friend Sebastian, was a big loveable goofball. Incredibly talented with a good heart and an incredibly soft and deep side to him. There were times that I just wanted to give him a big hug and tell him not to give up. Darius had this tough looking outer shell, but inside he was a big marshmallow. He said the most absolute sweetest things!! To be honest, I really can't resist tattoos so maybe that was where my initial reaction came from. But the more I got to know him the more I found I liked him. He's not in the book a great deal, but when he was he was just perfect.
And while this book is full of the arts it also deals with some pretty deep issues. Teenage drinking, drugs, rape, bullying, sex, death... All are touched on in this book, but done in a way that wasn't too heavy, preachy or overpowering.
Passion and Pain was a really enjoyable read. I enjoyed the writing, which flowed smoothly. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in book two. There are dramas to be had I think!!
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1397 KB
- Print Length: 432 pages
- Publisher: Antartis Publishers (27 April 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CKBJDE6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 9 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,493,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)