Once Upon A Book – Charlee Rae's Book Reviews

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Thin Ice: The Complete, Uncensored Story of Tonya Harding by Frank Coffey & Joe Layden


I rated this book 3 out of 5 stars

I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I’m the same age as Tonya Harding so obviously I was old enough to know what happened. Only thing is, I really didn’t. Why? Honestly, I couldn’t have cared less about figure skating and after hearing and seeing tidbits on the news about the scandal, cared even less about Kerrigan and Harding. I had no desire to keep up with the story or read the “where are they now” articles, but here we are. All these years later, the story has resurfaced and I have no idea why. I’m sure there is a reason, but I didn’t have enough interest to find out what that was. Regardless, when I saw this book listed in a giveaway, I decided to enter. You might be wondering why someone would enter to win a book about an event that they had no interest in involving people who they found to be utterly unlikable (yes, I’m speaking about Harding AND Kerrigan). All I can say is…..I don’t know. Sometimes I do things with absolutely no rhyme or reason to it. This is one of those times. Needless to say, I won! Why am I telling you all this? Simple. Many people have stated that this book offers nothing new to the story. Well, for me, it’s almost all new. Oh, don’t think I went in believing it all word for word. I don’t do that with any book regardless of what it’s about. People lie or embellish when they have no reason to. But it’s still new. To me anyway.

Now. About the book. Surprisingly I actually enjoyed it. Not the topic of course. That would be rude. I just liked the way it was laid out. Simplistic. That’s the word I would use to describe it. It’s not bogged down with long winded details to make the page count higher. It just kind of sums things up….at least to a point. Apparently this book was written in 1994 so obviously much happened after that. Or at least I assume it did. I really don’t know. Anyway, whether it be fact, fiction or a mixture of both, it held my interest. I do admit that my mind wandered when the author droned on about Kerrigan being America’s princess or some nonsense like that, but overall it gave you the gist of what happened, with the possible why and who. Even though many see this as a rehash of events gone by, it was interesting to me. I didn’t know fully what had happened, who was involved or why they did it. I didn’t know the backgrounds of the people who were on pace for the Olympics or, well, virtually anything about the sport. No, it doesn’t make me want to tune in nor does it make either Harding or Kerrigan seem more likable to me, but it was a decent book that covered all the basics and included some photos. Good enough.

Total pages: 180, Kindle edition

Available on Amazon at the link below:

Thin Ice

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Thin Ice


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