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by Dakota Lane


Dakota Lane writes a dark novel of how a chance meeting can begin the stirrings of an obsession. Anooshka made her first contact with Orpheus for her sister's sake, but soon, the tide is turned and Anooshka can't get enough.

Dakota Lane writes a dark novel of how a chance meeting can begin the stirrings of an obsession. Cold reality sets in, and the reader can see how Anooshka tries to get a grip back on her life, though it's never easy. Ms. Lane makes the reader realize that an obsession is a hard habit to break.

The Orpheus Obsession book. Dakota Lane writes a dark novel of how a chance meeting can begin the stirrings of an obsession. Anooshka Stargirl sometimes sees her life as a movie  . Dec 10, 2010 Alexandra rated it it was amazing.

Anooshka Stargirl sometimes sees her life as a movie. But she can't escape the realities. The acclaimed author of Johnny Voodoo tells a passionate, allegorical tale of a teen girl who turns her fixation on a rock singer into an empowering journey of self-discovery.

However, Orpheus is a player and he drops her afterwards, sending Anooshka spinning downwards. Archetypal connections to the myth are mapped with intriguing complexity, placing Anooshka as both Eurydice and Orpheus. Sixteen-year-old Anooshka lives with her unstable mother in upstate New York but frequently visits her exotic, beloved older sister in Manhattan. Falling hard for a rock star named Orpheus whom she meets one manic day, Anooshka pores over his daily online journals and senses a cosmic connection between them. She pursues him to his hip restaurant and they hook up, after he declares seductively that they won’t.

The Orpheus Obsession. 2005) A novel by Dakota Lane

The Orpheus Obsession. 2005) A novel by Dakota Lane. Anooshka Stargirl can't easily escape her rough reality, like her depressed mom and absent dad. Fortunately, modish older sis Zoetrope Zallulah Moon is just a bus ride away in New York City.

Dakota Lane (born in Brooklyn, New York in 1959) is an American author. She has been nominated for an American Library Association award three times and cited as a Best Book for Young Adults for Johnny Voodoo and 2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young. She has been nominated for an American Library Association award three times and cited as a Best Book for Young Adults for Johnny Voodoo and 2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. 1997 American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, Johnny Voodoo. 2000 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) List of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults.

This Woodstock reader made my day by telling me one of my books Orpheus obsession was a turning point for her- I kept thinking she looked familiar and then I realized she WAS Anooshka the main character of my book! Not often you meet the one you wrote your book for and about so what a gift. Creative Writing with Dakota Lane. a weekend writer or ??

Anooshka Stargirl sometimes sees her life as a movie. But she can't escape the realities. At home there's a depressed mother who often won't emerge from bed. And a dad who's not in the picture. There are two best friends but a stifling pack of aspiring glamour girls. Fortunately there's Zoetrope Zallulah Moon, modish older sister extraordinaire, living a bus ride away in New York City.

Visiting Moon one summer weekend when the heat won't relent, Anooshka hears rock singer Orpheus's music. She's immediately entranced by his sound. His lyrics seem to echo her mood and light a spark in her core. After meeting the shy, approachable Orpheus by chance, Anooshka can't shake him from her head. And his Internet diaries keep signaling that they share a magnetic synchronicity. Soon Orpheus expresses an interest in her, and like the Greek mythological heroine Eurydice, Anooshka descends deep into a mesmerizing underworld -- until she reaches a place where fantasies topple and the unspoken finally makes itself heard.

Dakota Lane's tantalizing, allegorical tale follows a teen's obsession as it transforms into empowering self-discovery.

The Orpheus Obsession epub download

ISBN13: 978-0060741730

ISBN: 0060741732

Author: Dakota Lane

Category: Young Adult and teen

Subcategory: Literature & Fiction

Language: English

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; First Edition edition (June 28, 2005)

Pages: 288 pages

ePUB size: 1955 kb

FB2 size: 1276 kb

Rating: 4.3

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This book nails it. Reading it walks you through what it's like to be totally infatuated with someone, and addicted to them. Love it!
Wal
Really good book. Read it freshman year but could never find it after that. Highly recommend this book.
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Really good book. Read it freshman year but could never find it after that. Highly recommend this book.
Kanal
I bought Orpheus and Johnny Voodoo together and jumped right into Orpheus, eager to see if my friend's recommendation was spot on, and found myself unable to pull free until the ride came to an end. So what is it about Dakota's writing that lures you in and keeps you hooked? Simple, it's her beautiful prose, whimsical descriptions, acutely accurate voice and exceptional characters. There are few books out there that can transport you from the sofa in your drafty living room and drop you into the middle of New York City on a sweltering summer day and fill you with the scents and colors and vibrations of that experience. But Ms. Lane does just that. Her mastery of language, her analogies and vivid descriptions are so stirring and so evocative they hold you captive, unwilling or unable to release you until every word is consumed. Dakota Lane even made me fall in love with a tiny parakeet named Zach, which is no small feat as I'm not a big fan of the noisy little creatures.

This story is about Nu (Anooshka) Star, a sixteen year old girl from upstate New York, who develops an obsessive fixation on Orpheus, a local rocker from NYC. Thankfully, Nu's older sister, ZZ Moon, has a pad in the city which allows for a relationship between Nu and Orpheus to blossom after an unexpected and unplanned run in with the rocker at a photo shoot. Only this isn't the relationship Nu has envisioned and what the readers sees and feels is not quite what Nu is experiencing, at least not in the beginning. We follow Nu on this wacky and sometimes traumatic ride to its obvious and painful conclusion all the while screaming at her to wake up and smell the coffee. But Nu is sweetly oblivious and her view of herself and the world around her is seen through stilted eyes making it impossible to become frustrated with her. So we're stuck watching her make heart-wrenching mistakes all the while baring her soul to someone not worthy of the depth of love she is willing to give.

Ms. Lane has created a beautiful cast of characters in Orpheus. They are all flawed, but not overdone, and are thoughtfully constructed. Nu is perfectly drawn, sharp and smart but blinded by impossible hope and a desperate need to be seen and loved. She's strong yet vulnerable and fraught with internal conflict and longstanding pain. She's the type of character so many author's try to created and fail to capture accurately. I simply loved her and found myself wishing she were real so that I could hug her and remind her that it gets better from here. In understanding her history the reader is forced to understand her present, not that it makes it any less painful, because it doesn't, instead it allows one to walk in her shoes, see and feel the hope she harbors and understand the blinders she so willingly bears. There is enough balance between the traumas of the past and present and the ever-present spark of hope that one can't help but root for Nu to get what she wants, even though we understand the outcome is preordained.

The supporting cast of characters are as wonderful as Nu. ZZ Moon is wise yet fractured, but a wonderfully supportive sister and truly Nu's best friend. Raphael and Agnes add a level of much needed sanity in Nu's world and their importance in her life is evident by the absolute depth of their understanding and devotion. Nu's mother is equal parts insensitive and lost and I find myself torn between anger and pity when thinking of her. Orpheus is a character you love to hate and hate to love. As much as I want to simply call him a butt-head I just couldn't. Certainly his intentions were clear, if not to Nu than to the reader, but there was an underlying melancholy about him that made him human. Perhaps I was reading a little too into it, or perhaps I was having a Nu moment myself, but in Orpheus' online journal entries I saw someone raw and injured too. But since the story was more focused on Nu and not Orpheus, we'll never really know, but I'd like to think I'm right, otherwise he was just a tool.

The use of photographs throughout the novel is pure brilliance and made these characters and scenes living, breathing things. These candids and destination shots are sprinkled in at appropriate and pivotal times and make the story come alive. In addition, the use of Orpheus' lyrics are poignant and only help to tell the story. Key sentiments are expressed in his own words, even before he steps foot on the page, and help to drive the narration, giving the reader necessary insight into Nu's absolute fascination/obsession. As I noted above, I have to believe there was more to Orpheus than the jerk personification. The carefully crafted lyrics Ms. Lane penned in many respects echoed Nu's own thoughts and feelings, hence the obsession. Since we're offered a direct and unobstructed window into Nu's own psyche, it only makes sense that Orpheus, at least on some level, must suffer some of the same self-doubt and perhaps a touch of self-loathing. Needless to say, the parallels are made clear and it only serves to make one more curious and open-minded where Orpheus is concerned.

I have one minor complaint, the ending. It seemed a little rushed and fell a bit flat for me. But that is such a minor complaint when looking at the piece as a whole and one I am inclined to ignore as the balance of the story was so wonderful. More than anything I wish Ms. Lane took the ending a bit farther, fleshing out the new Nu and bringing it to a more solid conclusion. Not that it's ambiguous in any way, it simply lacks the umph I was hoping for.

In essence, this is undoubtedly a book I will read again and am certain to cherish it as much, if not more, the next time around.
Kanal
I bought Orpheus and Johnny Voodoo together and jumped right into Orpheus, eager to see if my friend's recommendation was spot on, and found myself unable to pull free until the ride came to an end. So what is it about Dakota's writing that lures you in and keeps you hooked? Simple, it's her beautiful prose, whimsical descriptions, acutely accurate voice and exceptional characters. There are few books out there that can transport you from the sofa in your drafty living room and drop you into the middle of New York City on a sweltering summer day and fill you with the scents and colors and vibrations of that experience. But Ms. Lane does just that. Her mastery of language, her analogies and vivid descriptions are so stirring and so evocative they hold you captive, unwilling or unable to release you until every word is consumed. Dakota Lane even made me fall in love with a tiny parakeet named Zach, which is no small feat as I'm not a big fan of the noisy little creatures.

This story is about Nu (Anooshka) Star, a sixteen year old girl from upstate New York, who develops an obsessive fixation on Orpheus, a local rocker from NYC. Thankfully, Nu's older sister, ZZ Moon, has a pad in the city which allows for a relationship between Nu and Orpheus to blossom after an unexpected and unplanned run in with the rocker at a photo shoot. Only this isn't the relationship Nu has envisioned and what the readers sees and feels is not quite what Nu is experiencing, at least not in the beginning. We follow Nu on this wacky and sometimes traumatic ride to its obvious and painful conclusion all the while screaming at her to wake up and smell the coffee. But Nu is sweetly oblivious and her view of herself and the world around her is seen through stilted eyes making it impossible to become frustrated with her. So we're stuck watching her make heart-wrenching mistakes all the while baring her soul to someone not worthy of the depth of love she is willing to give.

Ms. Lane has created a beautiful cast of characters in Orpheus. They are all flawed, but not overdone, and are thoughtfully constructed. Nu is perfectly drawn, sharp and smart but blinded by impossible hope and a desperate need to be seen and loved. She's strong yet vulnerable and fraught with internal conflict and longstanding pain. She's the type of character so many author's try to created and fail to capture accurately. I simply loved her and found myself wishing she were real so that I could hug her and remind her that it gets better from here. In understanding her history the reader is forced to understand her present, not that it makes it any less painful, because it doesn't, instead it allows one to walk in her shoes, see and feel the hope she harbors and understand the blinders she so willingly bears. There is enough balance between the traumas of the past and present and the ever-present spark of hope that one can't help but root for Nu to get what she wants, even though we understand the outcome is preordained.

The supporting cast of characters are as wonderful as Nu. ZZ Moon is wise yet fractured, but a wonderfully supportive sister and truly Nu's best friend. Raphael and Agnes add a level of much needed sanity in Nu's world and their importance in her life is evident by the absolute depth of their understanding and devotion. Nu's mother is equal parts insensitive and lost and I find myself torn between anger and pity when thinking of her. Orpheus is a character you love to hate and hate to love. As much as I want to simply call him a butt-head I just couldn't. Certainly his intentions were clear, if not to Nu than to the reader, but there was an underlying melancholy about him that made him human. Perhaps I was reading a little too into it, or perhaps I was having a Nu moment myself, but in Orpheus' online journal entries I saw someone raw and injured too. But since the story was more focused on Nu and not Orpheus, we'll never really know, but I'd like to think I'm right, otherwise he was just a tool.

The use of photographs throughout the novel is pure brilliance and made these characters and scenes living, breathing things. These candids and destination shots are sprinkled in at appropriate and pivotal times and make the story come alive. In addition, the use of Orpheus' lyrics are poignant and only help to tell the story. Key sentiments are expressed in his own words, even before he steps foot on the page, and help to drive the narration, giving the reader necessary insight into Nu's absolute fascination/obsession. As I noted above, I have to believe there was more to Orpheus than the jerk personification. The carefully crafted lyrics Ms. Lane penned in many respects echoed Nu's own thoughts and feelings, hence the obsession. Since we're offered a direct and unobstructed window into Nu's own psyche, it only makes sense that Orpheus, at least on some level, must suffer some of the same self-doubt and perhaps a touch of self-loathing. Needless to say, the parallels are made clear and it only serves to make one more curious and open-minded where Orpheus is concerned.

I have one minor complaint, the ending. It seemed a little rushed and fell a bit flat for me. But that is such a minor complaint when looking at the piece as a whole and one I am inclined to ignore as the balance of the story was so wonderful. More than anything I wish Ms. Lane took the ending a bit farther, fleshing out the new Nu and bringing it to a more solid conclusion. Not that it's ambiguous in any way, it simply lacks the umph I was hoping for.

In essence, this is undoubtedly a book I will read again and am certain to cherish it as much, if not more, the next time around.
Dolid
Anooshka Star has a miserable home life. Her mom is always depressed and Anooshka never knows what to expect from one day to the next. Her father has gone off to live in India. Anooshka had the choice of going with him but felt the right thing to do was stay in the States with her mom. Her only chance of reprieve is a short bus trip to visit her sister, Zoetrope Zallulah Moon (aka ZZ Moon) on occasion.

It is during one such trip during the summer that the two sisters find themselves at a lush maze in Brighton Beach. There, Anooshka stumbles across a photo shoot. Peeking through the hedges, ZZ Moon suddenly panics. She tries to pull away, but Anooshka will have nothing to do with that. ZZ Moon nervously tells Anooshka that it's none other than Orpheus, the musician that she listens to constantly. Anooshka walks over to him and gets the nerve to ask for his autograph; for her sister, of course. But once she's met Orpheus herself, she's smitten.

Back at home, after dealing with her mom's latest drama, she logs onto the Internet and starts reading all of Orpheus's web blog. Anooshka starts to notice a connection with Orpheus. His thoughts online mirror many of her own. In her reading, she learns the fact that Orpheus is part owner in a NYC restaurant, Constellation. She calls her sister up and the two of them plan on an outing there the following Sunday.

Much to their delight, they encounter Orpheus at Constellation, and he talks to them. He even goes so far as to offer the two of them passes to his show later. Of course they are thrilled. From this point on, Anooshka's obsession is solidified, and all she can concentrate on is Orpheus.

Throughout the course of the summer, Anooshka goes to many lengths to be where Orpheus is. When he showers even a little bit of attention on her, it pulls her even deeper into her obsession.

Dakota Lane writes a dark novel of how a chance meeting can begin the stirrings of an obsession. Anooshka made her first contact with Orpheus for her sister's sake, but soon, the tide is turned and Anooshka can't get enough. Cold reality sets in, and the reader can see how Anooshka tries to get a grip back on her life, though it's never easy. Ms. Lane makes the reader realize that an obsession is a hard habit to break.

Reviewed by: Jaglvr
Dolid
Anooshka Star has a miserable home life. Her mom is always depressed and Anooshka never knows what to expect from one day to the next. Her father has gone off to live in India. Anooshka had the choice of going with him but felt the right thing to do was stay in the States with her mom. Her only chance of reprieve is a short bus trip to visit her sister, Zoetrope Zallulah Moon (aka ZZ Moon) on occasion.

It is during one such trip during the summer that the two sisters find themselves at a lush maze in Brighton Beach. There, Anooshka stumbles across a photo shoot. Peeking through the hedges, ZZ Moon suddenly panics. She tries to pull away, but Anooshka will have nothing to do with that. ZZ Moon nervously tells Anooshka that it's none other than Orpheus, the musician that she listens to constantly. Anooshka walks over to him and gets the nerve to ask for his autograph; for her sister, of course. But once she's met Orpheus herself, she's smitten.

Back at home, after dealing with her mom's latest drama, she logs onto the Internet and starts reading all of Orpheus's web blog. Anooshka starts to notice a connection with Orpheus. His thoughts online mirror many of her own. In her reading, she learns the fact that Orpheus is part owner in a NYC restaurant, Constellation. She calls her sister up and the two of them plan on an outing there the following Sunday.

Much to their delight, they encounter Orpheus at Constellation, and he talks to them. He even goes so far as to offer the two of them passes to his show later. Of course they are thrilled. From this point on, Anooshka's obsession is solidified, and all she can concentrate on is Orpheus.

Throughout the course of the summer, Anooshka goes to many lengths to be where Orpheus is. When he showers even a little bit of attention on her, it pulls her even deeper into her obsession.

Dakota Lane writes a dark novel of how a chance meeting can begin the stirrings of an obsession. Anooshka made her first contact with Orpheus for her sister's sake, but soon, the tide is turned and Anooshka can't get enough. Cold reality sets in, and the reader can see how Anooshka tries to get a grip back on her life, though it's never easy. Ms. Lane makes the reader realize that an obsession is a hard habit to break.

Reviewed by: Jaglvr
Micelhorav
Anooshka Stargirl is obsessed. Her friends even think she has gone crazy. After meeting Orpheus by chance at one of her old favorite spots, Anooshka can't stop thinking about him. He has invaded her thoughts, and she has trouble pushing him away. She starts reading his online blog, and she feels that a special force is pulling them together, at least that's what she thinks. The farther she gets into the obsession the more she casts out her family and friends. She doesn't want to hear what they have to say about Orpheus, because she can't believe them. She shows up several times when she knows he will be certain places, and they end up spending a magical evening together. Anooshka knows that she is head over heals in love with him. But does he feel the same?

I thought this book had the possibility of being really good. It just kind of fizzled out for me in the end. Anooshka is likeable, but it's her mother and sister, ZZ Moon, that were more interesting to me. Anooshka just seemed like she wanted someone or anyone to love her, especially in the absence of her father. I love Dakota Lane's voice though. Her style is different from other YA writers out there, because it has a kind of a gritty/urban flare to it. This was a decent read for all the YA readers out there.
Micelhorav
Anooshka Stargirl is obsessed. Her friends even think she has gone crazy. After meeting Orpheus by chance at one of her old favorite spots, Anooshka can't stop thinking about him. He has invaded her thoughts, and she has trouble pushing him away. She starts reading his online blog, and she feels that a special force is pulling them together, at least that's what she thinks. The farther she gets into the obsession the more she casts out her family and friends. She doesn't want to hear what they have to say about Orpheus, because she can't believe them. She shows up several times when she knows he will be certain places, and they end up spending a magical evening together. Anooshka knows that she is head over heals in love with him. But does he feel the same?

I thought this book had the possibility of being really good. It just kind of fizzled out for me in the end. Anooshka is likeable, but it's her mother and sister, ZZ Moon, that were more interesting to me. Anooshka just seemed like she wanted someone or anyone to love her, especially in the absence of her father. I love Dakota Lane's voice though. Her style is different from other YA writers out there, because it has a kind of a gritty/urban flare to it. This was a decent read for all the YA readers out there.