“Sometimes a series of small steps will bring you to the biggest leaps.” p. 191*
Title: Every Step You Take
Author: Jock Soto
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
I’ve said this before but I will once again admit I find it really hard to critique memoirs. It’s someone’s life and who am I to judge it? Jock Soto has had an interesting life. He’s a half-Navajo, Half-Peurto Rican, openly gay dancer who left his nomadic family at 14 to live on his own in New York City and quickly became a star of the New York City Ballet. That’s an interesting life. The book begins before he is born, when his parents are young, and ends as he figures out life in his post-retirement world.
As you know, ballet has also been a huge part of my life. But I never once thought I would dance professionally, so I really have little knowledge about the life of a professional ballet dancer. It’s a lot of hard work filled with a little bit of glamor, and it was enlightening to spend some time in that world.
Unfortunately, I struggled with the writing style a bit. Soto is not a writer (in fact, he left school at a very young age) so I try to cut him a little slack. But there is only so much past perfect tense (“I had [verb]ed”) that a girl can take. I also think I wanted a little more action and a little less reflection. But that may be an unfair criticism.
Despite these flaws, I did enjoy the book overall. If you are a fan of dance, or of coming-to-terms-with-my-identity stories, you will probably enjoy it too.
Watch Jock Soto perform on Sesame Street.
*Page numbers are from the ARC and may differ in the finished book.