Tillie Walden wakes up before dawn and goes to an ice skating rink for her morning lesson. After the lesson, she has a full day of school before she goes back to the rink again for after school practice, and all her weekends are spent figure skating; this is her life. When she finishes 5th grade, her family moves to Texas from New Jersey. Everything seems new and different for her. After facing bullying and getting terrible grades at the public school in New Jersey, Tillie’s parents decide to send her to a private school. Tillie starts her new school and keeps practicing figure skating, but the figure skating school operates differently and it takes time for her to adjust. She meets new friends, gets into a new art hobby, and falls in love with her first girlfriend. With all that is new, Tillie begins to ask questions about all the time spent figure skating; is so much hard work worth it?
This graphic novel is a memoir from the author, Tillie Walden, about her experience with intensive training in figure skating and growing up. Through this story, Walden explores her family and her life, reflected through her time on the ice. This bitter sweet coming of age story shares the moments that many teenagers face, struggling to fit in and finding their true identify. Readers will also gain insight into the jumps, steps and spins of figure skating through this delightful 10 chapter story.