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Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You by Dorian Cirrone
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Apr 21, 2008

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bookshelves: dance, realistic-fiction
Read in January, 2006

can a girl be a successful ballerina with big boobs? kayla attends a performing arts high school in florida where she is one of the best dancers but then doesn't get the lead role in cinderella because she doesn't look the part. she considers breast reduction surgery at the suggestion of her teacher. meanwhile someone has left some red pointe shoes near the dance studios with the message "dancing in red shoes will kill you." the dancers all blame each other and get paranoid. there's also the new boy who is really good-looking and doesn't just look at kayla's chest kayla's visual artist sister who gets in trouble for painting a penis in her senior art portfolio and the gayboy best friend who just wants to dance without getting involved in politics. this book was a fast-paced story about believing in yourself and not giving in to the stereotypical mold.

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