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1 Light from the Heavens 1
2 Playground Beneath the Eiffel Tower 14
3 The Three Curses or Blessings? 25
4 Tokyo Alien Girl 40
5 From the Outside Looking In 57
6 Culture Shock 85
7 Misunderstood and Crushed to Pieces 97
8 Chinese Dumplings 109
9 Unknown to Known 127
10 Pains of Error at the Expense of the Innocent 137
11 Beginning of an End 159
12 Broken "Wing 169
13 Deadly Frozen 177
14 Terror 186
15 Glitz Within the Terror 196
16 Stars In or Out of Line 210
17 Doctors Galore 218
18 I Know 227
19 Finale and Opening the "World to Me 233
Afterword: Being the Mother ofLucinda 239
About the Author 243
Posted September 20, 2011
Looking forward to the long awaited release of her book. She is the most artistic figure skater ever to take the ice stage! The most accomplished and beautiful spinner (you must look up her videos on-line or on her website, you will be astonished when you see her spin). Simply an inspiration to all. What a great person. I plan on updating this review after the release, but especially since I take notice that Lucinda wrote the book herself (not like others who hire a writer - no short-cuts for her), I am confident it will be an enjoyment to read. I am truly looking forward to it.
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Posted August 26, 2012
What is this nook about? Is it a good book. I am a 12 year old figure skater. I am in the fourth level in ice skating and almost in the last level which is free style. Right now I am in Gamma/Delta. I under stand that I am not that old and asking you about this book and telling about my ice skating. Thank you for reading this if you did. Put the word Tucker.
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Posted March 7, 2012
Inspirational, Yet Lost in the Words
This book tells a story about Lucinda Ruh’s life; her struggles with her heath and her family. Lucinda’s sister is a few years older than her and influenced her life in many ways. Manly by the passion they shared for Figure skating. Lucinda was very talented at many things including piano, cello, ballet and ice skating. Because of her father’s job, the family was forced to move all over the country and when they reached Tokyo, Ms. Ruh had to make one of the toughest decisions of her life, when she was only 7 years old; which activity she was going to peruse for the rest of her life. This was a hard choice to make at such a young age, and it is expressed throughout the book her struggles with her mother abusing her, her father not being around, and constantly trying to keep healthy.
This story told by Lucinda includes many important themes such as; family, hardship, abuse and passion. Although the book had great potential, it wasn’t organized and causes the reader to lose interest. The writing was scattered and included lots of fluff which took away from the important details of the story. I believe that this story, rather than being a best seller, it was meant to help Lucinda open up about her past and accept all the hardship she had gone through, to come to peace with herself.
Lucinda’s story was very intriguing to me but I got lost in the meaningless words. She got her story out and for someone in the same situation it may have more of an impact then it did for me, I admire her courage and passion for the sport, but I personally would not recommend this book to someone who has no relation to the subject.
This book about a young skater’s trials and tribulations in a sport that is often forgotten had so much to offer, but the writing caused the story to lose its entertainment value. Lucinda Ruh was a young artist who excelled in many aspects of life, but she chose to focus on skating as her number one passion. This was a story on all of the hardship she faced as a young child. The story is not just about her skating life, but also her family. She had an essentially absent father, an abusive mother, and a sister that resented her. Lucinda was a fighter, though, who went on to win two bronze medals and an World Championship. Her story takes you through her bouncing from coach to coach, her health struggles, her love for spinning, and her relationship with her family.
Ms. Ruh’s story is honestly very intriguing with its themes of family, passion, and pain; however, Lucinda’s writing was scattered. She wrote far too much about trivial things and not enough about what happened. Her true story gets lost in the fluff. When I picked up this book it looked like it would be intriguing and inspiring. Who doesn’t love a good redemptive story? But this is not actually how the book pans out. The book is dry, with not much of a story and only bunch of scattered thoughts. It did not paint a picture. It was simply many random events that all mix together, with no real thread to bind it all.
I think writing the book for Lucinda was more therapeutic then anything and so that is why it is not written very well. Her message was not anything specific, but her purpose was to face her demons through writing the book. That may have been the case for her, but as a reader it did not inspire me. The book was simply not for me because it was too scattered and did not build into a cohesive story. The random anecdotes did not aid in making a story either. However, others may enjoy Lucinda’s thoughts and feelings because many are insightful if they stand-alone. Before choosing to read this book one should know that it is not one large story, but many small ones mixed with the narrative of the author. For me this is one of my least favorite books I have read; however, someone else may find this book to be a true gem.