Author: Sophie Flack
Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Personal Collection
19-year-old Hannah Ward is a member of the corps de ballet at the Manhattan Ballet Company. As soloist roles begin to be in her reach, she thinks she’s finally getting what she’s worked her whole life for. Then she meets Jacob and she begins to question everything.
I may have made the mistake of reading this book too soon after reading The Cranes Dance. Where The Cranes Dance went beyond the world of ballet, Bunheads didn’t stray much from the cliches – a lengthy description of how she breaks in her pointe shoes, the struggle to balance career and love, etc.
This doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy Bunheads. I did. Simply because I almost always love books and movies about ballet (with the exception of Save the Last Dance – I’m sorry but that girl could NOT have gotten into Juliard). It was a quick, light read and I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a run-of-the-mill novel about life as a ballerina. But if you’re looking for anything deeper, I’d suggest looking elsewhere.