By Sophie Flack
Oct. 10, 2011
Poppy, 304 pages
On-stage beauty. Backstage drama.
As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet Company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling performances and complicated backstage relationships. Up until now, Hannah has happily devoted her entire life to ballet.
But when she meets a handsome musician named Jacob, Hannah's universe begins to change, and she must decide if she wants to compete against the other "bunheads" in the company for a star soloist spot or strike out on her own in the real world. Does she dare give up the gilded confines of the ballet for the freedoms of everyday life?
— Amazon.com description
I can’t dance worth a damn. But, damn, I love dance movies. Save the Last Dance! Dirty Dancing! Center Stage!
I was hoping my love would transfer over to books, but that wasn’t quite the case with Bunheads.
I really applaud what Sophie Flack was doing with this book – it’s sort of a sneaky insider’s look into the world of dance. I mean, who would tell this story better than a former NYC ballerina?
But the emotional connection just wasn’t there for me. The plot moved a little bit from “this happened” to “then this happened.” If you do have a strong interest in the innerworkings of the dance world, though, I think you’ll get more out of this than I did.