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This sequel to the Award-winning 84 Ribbons, continues Marta’s 1958-9 coming of age journey. Tired and broken, she returns to her childhood home with ‘personal baggage’ from her too short experience with the Intermountain Ballet Company. Marta attempts to choreograph her future to heal not only her body, but also her memories and emotions to move her life forward. As she f This sequel to the Award-winning 84 Ribbons, continues Marta’s 1958-9 coming of age journey. Tired and broken, she returns to her childhood home with ‘personal baggage’ from her too short experience with the Intermountain Ballet Company. Marta attempts to choreograph her future to heal not only her body, but also her memories and emotions to move her life forward. As she finds a job to support herself, her dance and personal life take unexpected and sometimes harrowing turns. Will she be able to find a deeper well of strength to meet these new challenges of adulthood head-on? Which suitor will steal her heart?


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This sequel to the Award-winning 84 Ribbons, continues Marta’s 1958-9 coming of age journey. Tired and broken, she returns to her childhood home with ‘personal baggage’ from her too short experience with the Intermountain Ballet Company. Marta attempts to choreograph her future to heal not only her body, but also her memories and emotions to move her life forward. As she f This sequel to the Award-winning 84 Ribbons, continues Marta’s 1958-9 coming of age journey. Tired and broken, she returns to her childhood home with ‘personal baggage’ from her too short experience with the Intermountain Ballet Company. Marta attempts to choreograph her future to heal not only her body, but also her memories and emotions to move her life forward. As she finds a job to support herself, her dance and personal life take unexpected and sometimes harrowing turns. Will she be able to find a deeper well of strength to meet these new challenges of adulthood head-on? Which suitor will steal her heart?

49 review for When the Music Stops: Dance On

  1. 5 out of 5

    Trish at Between My Lines

    This review was originally posted on [Between My Lines]Last year I read the first book in this dance series - 84 Ribbons - and loved it so much that I declared it “the best ballet book I have read in a long, long time”. So you can imagine that I pretty excited to get my hands on this one. First Line of When The Music Stops by Paddy Eger: “Marta straightened her shoulders, gathered her belongings, and descended the metal stairs onto the train platform station.” My Thoughts on This review was originally posted on [Between My Lines]Last year I read the first book in this dance series - 84 Ribbons - and loved it so much that I declared it “the best ballet book I have read in a long, long time”. So you can imagine that I pretty excited to get my hands on this one. First Line of When The Music Stops by Paddy Eger: “Marta straightened her shoulders, gathered her belongings, and descended the metal stairs onto the train platform station.” My Thoughts on When The Music Stops by Paddy Eger: I knew before I started this book that there might be less ballet in it as Marta has left her ballet company and moved home to re-evaluate her life after an injury. But I was delighted at how much dance there still was in this one. My favourite part was the adult ballet class that Marta ends up teaching, just point me in the right direction and sign me up for this! I would thrive on it! This series of books are very character focused and if you are looking for non-stop action, then don’t look here. Instead you get interesting characters with a lot of growth. Marta is a character that I’d love to shake at times; she is given to self pity, can be selfish and does some self destructive things. But hands up; I’ve done all that and I’m not going to condemn a teenage girl for acting like a teenager who doesn’t have everything figured out. I would describe this book as gentle. Maybe it’s the 1950s setting but has a lovely, mellow vibe to it that makes it a nostalgic comfort read for me. It has a heart-warming theme of family and neighbours and friends all looking out for each other. But it still has a lot of depth. Marta is lonely a lot of the time and it digs into just how hard it can be to make friends when you have left school/college which is a relatable theme. Overall this was an enjoyable follow up book and I really enjoyed discovering what happened for Marta after the music stopped.     Who should read When The Music Stops by Paddy Eger? I’d recommend this to you if you love dance books like I do, if you enjoyed 84 Ribbons and if you appreciate character driven books. Thanks to NetGalley and Paddy Eger for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.  

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anna Elizabeth

    84 Ribbons was my first read and book review for NetGalley. You can find that review at https://brunetteswithbrains.wordpress.... I have waited ALMOST an entire year for the sequel When the Music Stops by Paddy Eger. It was well worth the wait. I read the entire book in one sitting today…my Kindle app says that it took me about 3 hours. I am obviously off my game reading that slow. haha. Since it had been a while between books, it took me a little bit to re-acquaint myself with the characters, but 84 Ribbons was my first read and book review for NetGalley. You can find that review at https://brunetteswithbrains.wordpress.... I have waited ALMOST an entire year for the sequel When the Music Stops by Paddy Eger. It was well worth the wait. I read the entire book in one sitting today…my Kindle app says that it took me about 3 hours. I am obviously off my game reading that slow. haha. Since it had been a while between books, it took me a little bit to re-acquaint myself with the characters, but it was not really much of an issue. Being a sequel, it is REALLY hard to talk about the book and what choices are made and how Marta continues on her journey without giving anything away. I mean, I can’t tell you about her relationship with Steve, I can’t tell you about her professional dance career choices, I can’t tell you about teaching- I CAN’T TELL YOU ABOUT ANYTHING! It is insanely hard to write a review on a sequel. They don’t teach you how to do this in college. In typical Anna Reading Fashion, I had at least 3 mini-meltdowns where I shook my iPad in my hand going “GAHHHH DON’T DO THAT! PICK THIS NOT THAT!!!!” Eger easily kept me on my toes throughout the book. I actually thought I had guessed the ending, told my mom, got to the ending and was pleasantly surprised that I was WRONG! This is a very important fact because reading has been dry for me of late. You can read about THAT soap box here, https://brunetteswithbrains.wordpress.... So kudos and thank you Paddy for throwing me off of my book predicting game! There are a few tweaks I would have done, had I written the book. There is a build up with her addiction to diet pills. I was expecting a different outcome with the issue. It was such a huge part of the first book and even in the second, it was a steady line in the plot. I was just disappointed for some reason. I got kind of annoyed with Steve. I mean, he was a nice guy and everything, but I felt like her relationship with him had way too many issues for it to all end the way that it did. I’ll say it, I am 100% team Sam all of the way. I felt that the ending was a bit rushed. She could have easily continued on a bit longer and I would have been completely satisfied. After having invested so much into these characters, I didn’t want the book to end. One minute Marta is dancing; the next she is sending a wedding announcement. I needed an in-between, an epilogue….SOMETHING to feed my curiosity! Reading these two books has made me wish I’d never left dancing. I also rarely have the itch to find an adult class and sign back up the way I have with these books. It was like I was able to live vicariously through Marta with the barre exercises and pirouettes. I loved this book for the same reasons that I did the first, the ballet, the time period component and the ability to so easily relate to the characters. I played field hockey for 10 years. After walking off of the field my senior year of high school, I really had not had the opportunity to play since. Last summer I had the chance to play on my mission trip in Northern Ireland and the feeling was remarkable. I understood Marta in a way that so many others can easily identify with as well. For a time, it was like the music had stopped in my own life. I was unsure of how to fill my time and space. But, as Marta, I learned how to adapt. I have already recommended both books to a few of my dancer friends since finishing the second installment just a few short hours ago. Though I am sad that the third installment will not focus on Marta and her adventures, I am super excited to follow Lynne through her next steps in life in Letters to Follow (Coming Soon). Both 84 Ribbons and When the Music Stops would be perfect additions to any summer reading list, for girls of (almost) any age! To learn more about Paddy, her other works, upcoming pieces etc, visit her website at http://www.paddyeger.com.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Stiles

    I loved this sequel to 84 Ribbons. After her injury Marta returns home. At first she just hangs out around the house, most days in her robe. She still has an issue with diet pills. Steve has been a big support throughout this whole thing. He is still supportive when she makes a mistake that could ruin their relationship. Marta’s biggest issue is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Before the accident she thought she had her whole life mapped out before her. Now she is so con I loved this sequel to 84 Ribbons. After her injury Marta returns home. At first she just hangs out around the house, most days in her robe. She still has an issue with diet pills. Steve has been a big support throughout this whole thing. He is still supportive when she makes a mistake that could ruin their relationship. Marta’s biggest issue is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Before the accident she thought she had her whole life mapped out before her. Now she is so confused. What starts out as helping her mother at the dance studio, turns into so much more? Will this be what it takes for her to straighten out her life? When she meets the parent of one of her students she feels conflicted. Will she still stay with Steve, or will her life take her down a different path? At times I felt annoyed at her indecision. I think I felt that way because I am a person who has a difficult time making decisions. Once I’ve made the decision the commitment is there 110%. I know this is how Marta felt. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who love the world of dance or love to read about the world of dance. This book didn’t focus on Marta’s dance so much as her dance with life changes. An excellent book. I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    I believe this book about a young ballet dancer can be read as a standalone. However to get the best from it you should read Marta's journey from the start. In 84 Ribbons we see the dramatically difficult path to becoming a corps member capable of dancing solo roles. Marta injured her leg so she has to leave the Billings, Montana corps and return home to find alternate routes to using her talents. As this is a 1950s tale her choices are limited but even after all she has seen of pro ballet life, I believe this book about a young ballet dancer can be read as a standalone. However to get the best from it you should read Marta's journey from the start. In 84 Ribbons we see the dramatically difficult path to becoming a corps member capable of dancing solo roles. Marta injured her leg so she has to leave the Billings, Montana corps and return home to find alternate routes to using her talents. As this is a 1950s tale her choices are limited but even after all she has seen of pro ballet life, she encourages other girls to train. This strikes me as saying a lot about the options available to girls at the time. Still as dedicated and helpful as ever, Marta finds jobs which some might think too responsible or stressful and tackles them well, making new friends of varying ages. Anyone interested in the performing arts, or fitness training, will enjoy this busy tale and learn from it. I also like that Marta's friends from the first book don't drop her while she's injured. She has to adapt to having a social life, when her entire life has revolved around training, but now she finds time for the romance she richly deserves. When The Music Stops is suitable for Young Adults, New Adults and adults. Well done Paddy Eger for living up to the challenge she set herself with the first excellent book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    When the Music Stops: Dance On is the beautifully written sequel to the enchanting first book, 84 Ribbons. Readers follow Marta as she continues to recover from her ankle injury and as she struggles to make tough choices about her future professionally and romantically. Marta returns home after her devastating injury. She spends much of her time in deep depression over the loss of a professional dance career. When her mom finally convinces her to visit Mrs. Holland at the dance studio, Marta disc When the Music Stops: Dance On is the beautifully written sequel to the enchanting first book, 84 Ribbons. Readers follow Marta as she continues to recover from her ankle injury and as she struggles to make tough choices about her future professionally and romantically. Marta returns home after her devastating injury. She spends much of her time in deep depression over the loss of a professional dance career. When her mom finally convinces her to visit Mrs. Holland at the dance studio, Marta discovers a brilliant opportunity awaiting her. However, she must make some difficult choices, ones that will effect the rest of her life. Will Marta uncover the happiness that has been there all along? The continuation of Marta's life after professional ballet is a heartwarming story of self discovery and personal growth that ultimately leads to a fulfilling life full of new hopes and dreams. When the Music Stops: Dance On is a wonderful sequel to the author's first book, 84 Ribbons. I greatly enjoyed Marta's story as she experienced the ups and downs of growing up and rejoiced when she blossomed into a confident young woman with a bright future. The array of characters are complex and well developed and the writing flows gracefully across the pages easily captivating readers. I highly recommend picking up a copy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Adriana Gabrielle

    DNF: I tried to give this book a chance (with my 100 page rule) and I just couldn't finish it. It was extremely slow and just couldn't finish. Which was sad because it seemed like it would be a good novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan Walker

    I enjoyed this book and even though it is set in the 1950's the reader can relate to Marta and the pain she feels at not being able to dance because of her injury. You can understand how an eighteen year old woman would be torn between love and dance. It was a good read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    LitPick Book Reviews

    After breaking her ankle, Marta has nothing left in Billings except maybe her friends, but she decides to go back home and restart her career. While she works to keep rent, it seems that her mom has moved on from her leaving; she has a boyfriend and she was using Marta's room as an office. Marta works a variety of jobs to keep going: some at the local theater and some at Mrs. Holland's dance studio where she practically grew up. Her theater job leaves her in the company of a young man named Denn After breaking her ankle, Marta has nothing left in Billings except maybe her friends, but she decides to go back home and restart her career. While she works to keep rent, it seems that her mom has moved on from her leaving; she has a boyfriend and she was using Marta's room as an office. Marta works a variety of jobs to keep going: some at the local theater and some at Mrs. Holland's dance studio where she practically grew up. Her theater job leaves her in the company of a young man named Dennis. After Steve sees her with him, will their relationship recover? Will she be able to continue her dream as a professional ballet performer? Can she continue her friendships from so far away? Opinion: This book was much like the first one. Very good but with some missing plot elements. I loved the intrigue and suspense that was put into Marta's future as a dancer and with her relationships. I felt that the characters were very well built and that they followed their respective roles. The details in the book made them come alive on the page, and I could visualize them very clearly. I would recommend this book for anyone wanting a nice read that will leave them feeling inspired to chase their own dreams. Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer Age:13

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Westrope

    I like this book a bit more than the first in the series, 84 Ribbons. There is a lot of talk/description of dance and ballet, which I am not into, but some one who in interested in the world of dance will really enjoy. For me, I like that it is about developing relationships and the complications that sometimes arise in the process - miscommunication, misunderstandings, other relationships. The story develops really nicely, and I got to know some of the characters from the first book a little bet I like this book a bit more than the first in the series, 84 Ribbons. There is a lot of talk/description of dance and ballet, which I am not into, but some one who in interested in the world of dance will really enjoy. For me, I like that it is about developing relationships and the complications that sometimes arise in the process - miscommunication, misunderstandings, other relationships. The story develops really nicely, and I got to know some of the characters from the first book a little better. Still a bit young, Marta is still trying to figure out the whole relationship thing and her long distance relationship with boyfriend, Steve, doesn't make it any easier. Especially when a new guy enters her life. I am enjoying this YA series enough that I will probably also read book three, and as I mentioned earlier, if dance is something you are into, I recommend this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nicki Chen

    Those of us who’ve been around for more than a couple of decades probably know that our “Plan A” doesn’t always work out. Then we’re left adrift, wondering what to do with our life. When the Music Stops tells the story of an eighteen-year-old young woman already in need of a “Plan B”. This well written YA novel is the second in a series of three. In the first book, 84 Ribbons, Marta achieves her lifelong ambition to be a professional ballet dancer. Then, during her first season with the Intermou Those of us who’ve been around for more than a couple of decades probably know that our “Plan A” doesn’t always work out. Then we’re left adrift, wondering what to do with our life. When the Music Stops tells the story of an eighteen-year-old young woman already in need of a “Plan B”. This well written YA novel is the second in a series of three. In the first book, 84 Ribbons, Marta achieves her lifelong ambition to be a professional ballet dancer. Then, during her first season with the Intermountain Ballet Company in Billings, Montana, she sustains an injury that ends her career. The opening pages of When the Music Stops find Marta at home in Bremerton, WA, living with her mother and grieving for her lost career. To make matters worse, her widowed mother now has a serious boyfriend, and Marta’s boyfriend from Montana is miles away. At the heart of this book is Marta’s search for her “Plan B.” After an understandable period of grieving, she finds the same courage, enthusiasm, and hard work that made her a dancer in the first place and puts it to work to find a new path for her life. Work isn’t everything, though, not even for a dedicated dancer. Marta’s Montana boyfriend continues to write to her, and she has a couple of admirers in Bremerton. Throughout the book she struggles to develop a mature understanding of love. The author keeps us guessing until the end to find out who she’s eventually choose. When the Music Stops is well paced. It kept my interest all the way through. I highly recommend it, especially for pre-teen and teenage girls.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Bernard

    This sequel to 84 Ribbons picks up with Marta coming home after the injury that cost her a career of ballet. Her depression leaves her homebound and in her robe most days. Her need for diet pills isn’t helping her situation. Marta just wants to know what she should do with her life. She is also indecisive about Steve. Meanwhile, her mother wants Marta to help out at a dance studio run by Mrs. Holland. The opportunities that await are excellent but force Marta to make some tough decisions. Will s This sequel to 84 Ribbons picks up with Marta coming home after the injury that cost her a career of ballet. Her depression leaves her homebound and in her robe most days. Her need for diet pills isn’t helping her situation. Marta just wants to know what she should do with her life. She is also indecisive about Steve. Meanwhile, her mother wants Marta to help out at a dance studio run by Mrs. Holland. The opportunities that await are excellent but force Marta to make some tough decisions. Will she figure out her plan B path and grow as a woman or will she spiral backwards? Author Paddy Eger has created a wonderful story for readers who love ballet and the dance. Part love story and part coming of age, readers will enjoy the story as the character learns to overcome tragedy. Readers will find this book well written and an engaging coming of age story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

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  15. 4 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

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  17. 4 out of 5

    natasa

  18. 5 out of 5

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    Tiffany Whipple

  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Monica Fastenau

  22. 4 out of 5

    Haley Shaffer

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily Hill

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    Mary

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