A Goodreads user asked:
I'm getting ready to start reading Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead. Has anyone read this book? Thoughts about it?
Nancy Shipstead accurately captures the devotion to ballet that is required to star. The author portrays the struggle between trying to achieve one's dream and accurately assessing one's limitations. I think Shipstead's story and her characters ring true. Having some background in ballet enhances the reading of the novel as one pictures the moves described throughout.