Bunheads by Sophie Flack
Reviewed By: M.S.
Hannah Ward knew she wanted to be a professional ballet dancer ever since she was 10...and her dreams came true. Now, age 19, she has been a corps ballet dancer with the Manhattan Ballet for over 5 years and has lived alone in New York City ever since she was a teenager. But even living your dream isn't all what it's cracked up to be. You have the constant pressure of staying thin and the "right" weight all the time. You practice and perform for hours on end to a point where you want to pass out from the pain. And then there's the competition...which Hannah constantly has with her roommate Zoe. They are the same age and both are constantly competing against each other for a solo for the ballets each season or to be promoted to soloist. So it seems like all Hannah wants is to dance and now she has that dream so she wouldn't want to do anything else with her life right? That is until one night after practice she meets Jacob, and they both have chemistry from the start. So the question to Hannah is...choose a life solely fit around dance, a life where you have no time for anything else except to train and perform day in and day out. A life with no time for anyone except the people with the walls of the Manhattan Ballet theater. OR! Does she want a life where she can learn new things, see new things, actually see her family, and start a relationship with Jacob and have time to do things with him. So which life does she choose? A life of ballet or a normal human's life?
Why I Picked it Up: I am a dancer myself and so I always get inspiration and determination from watching or reading things about dancing. So the title caught my eye and I knew I had to read it.
Why I Finished It: There's no way you can't!!!! The book is divided up into 3 seasons, Fall, Winter, and Spring. And each season is filled with chapters of pages, turn after turn, of drama and sadness and anger and happiness that it just draws you in.
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who wants a great read! I suggest it more to girls since it's all about a dancer's life and most guys aren't that into that sort of stuff. I HIGHLY recommend it to DANCERS!!!! Even if you are not a ballet dancer like myself, you will get such a determination to try even harder in your own dancing career when you read about Hannah's dedication.