Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward is a dancer with the Manhattan Ballet Company. She has rehearsals all day and performances at night. Needless to say, this doesn’t leave much time for relationships outside of the company. Since her entire life has always revolved around dance and she couldn’t imagine having it any other way, the lack of freedom doesn’t bother her. That is, until she meets Jacob.

Jacob is a carefree musician who Hannah instantly falls for. As their relationship begins to grow, she realizes that juggling her career and her social life isn’t going to be so easy. On top of competing for the director’s attention in a sea of beautiful dancers and the chance to be promoted to soloist, Hannah must deal with the expectations of the company and a boyfriend who wants to see her more often. Can she keep them both or will she have to choose one?

This book is definitely aimed toward girls. And dancers. People who aren’t dancers probably won’t understand all the ballet terms, but I don’t think that will matter much. The author is a retired dancer from the New York City Ballet so this book really gave an insight of the professional ballet world. It shows that it’s not just make up and glitter, but that most of them have eating disorders because the pressure to be  skinny is so high.

I really loved this book and I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.


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