By Kathryn Bertine
This memoir of Bertine’s brief career as a professional skater is alternately inspiring, funny and alarming. “Of the roughly 250,000 members of the United States Figure Skating Association, 14 skaters make the twice-a-decade [Olympic] games. I was one of the other 249,986,” she writes. Bertine’s account of touring with Hollywood on Ice—”more like Halloween on Ice,” she says, referring to the awful costumes—is a horrifyingly entertaining view of life on the rink.
Meanwhile she recounts her personal past, which, like her skating routines, was more difficult than it seemed. Though she grew up in affluent Bronxville, N.Y., she later suffered from anorexia, has an older brother with a bipolar disorder and fell afoul of her mother’s drive to make her more feminine. Putting all of these strands in the same story makes for some awkward transitions, but at her best Bertine gets high marks for poise.