- (arabesque) an elegant skating move performed with extended arms and a leg raised above the hip
- (downward) the mind-swirling fall one gets caught up in when life throws a devastating curveball
Sixteen-year-old figure skater Madz Monroe flees SuperEdge Rink and her demanding coach, leaving on the locker-room mirror a lipstick manifesto that questions the purpose of her intense training. Determined to heal her aching body and spread her wings beyond the rink, she’ll close this chapter of her life by taking her final skating test. Easy enough if her wealthy parents didn’t cancel her credit card.
A deal with her cute landscaper solves the money problem, sparks a crush, and leads Madz to make promises beyond the deal. However, when a medical crisis forces her into hibernation, she faces a major dilemma: how does she keep promises while hiding her illness and herself?
Whirling through medical and social abysses, Madz opens her eyes to a world of suffering and unsung heroes. If she fights hard enough, she’ll survive. But to heal, she must figure out who she is beyond the rink and find the answer to the question she posed on the locker-room mirror months before.
See my post about The Beauty of a Spiral.