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Bunheads by Sophie Flack
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** spoiler alert ** Hannah Ward is a young dancer with the Manhattan Ballet Company. She has been on her own since she was 14, living in New York City, following her dream of becoming a principle dancer. Now, at 19, she is starting to take on some more advanced roles, but she is also discovering that there is a whole world outside of ballet that she knows almost nothing about. When she meets and hits it off with Jacob (a NYU college student and musician) at her cousin’s restaurant she starts to realize that maybe there’s more to life – at least for her – than dancing.

I was so afraid for Hannah throughout this book because I was sure that Sophie Flack – her creator – was going to make terrible things happen to her, like, a career-ending injury, or a devastating eating disorder, or falling victim to a backstabbing fellow dancer or rabid ballet fan. It was a relief to have her successfully navigate all of these potential pitfalls and come to her own decision about where ballet was taking her and where she really wanted to go. Thank goodness. I’m weirdly fascinated by ballet dancers and their “world.” It seems so mysterious and glamorous and insidious all at the same time. Sophie Flack has a fair amount of experience with it (which definitely shows), having had a career in ballet herself (maybe this is a little bit autobiographical?). Nice work, Sophie, this is an excellent debut.
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