Saturday, May 5, 2012
Author: Sophie Flack
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: 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?
Review: Bunheads is a ballet version of Virtuosity. And I liked it. This is one of those books you can just curl up with and when you finish you get a happy feeling. I can't remember the last time I finished a book and was entirely happy with the ending. Bunheads takes the reader on a tour through the inner workings of the ballet world. While the dancers are very competetive, the book wasn't an overdramatic mass of back-stabbing, dangerous dieting health scares, and the like. Points for restraint. I began this book expecting to mildly enjoy it and finish with a positive "meh", but it ended up exceeding those expectations.