Skip to main content

Bunheads


Bunheads is a YA contemporary novel by debut author and former dancer Sophie Flack.

Nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward lives, breathes, and dreams ballet. Since she was a very young girl, she knew she wanted to be a dancer. Her parents took her to dance lessons - but then at fourteen she was offered the chance to move to New York, alone, and join the super-prestigious Manhattan Ballet company.

Her focus and drive is entirely centered on dance. She's always either rehearsing, performing, or conditioning. One of these days she hopes to get noticed in the crowd of beautiful, talented dancers and be singled out for a solo. If only she can stay thin enough, strong enough, and passionate enough.

That's never been a problem before. But then Hannah meets Jacob.

He's a college student, a musician, and incredibly cute. And interested in her. He's a nice guy, their conversations are fun, and their attraction seems to be mutual. But he's not a dancer. He doesn't understand her life. How can he?

All of a sudden Hannah's entire universe shifts - her perspective changes. She begins to notice how much pressure she's under, how she has next to no time for a life outside of her career - things that never bothered her in the past. Yet now she has the potential of more, of something new and exciting - and she's missing it.

While shifting through the backstage drama, competition that never de-escalates, and her own personal dreams and career goals, Hannah realizes that she has to make a choice.

Professional dancer... or normal girl?

Bunheads instantly placed me in the world of pro ballet where cattiness, competition, and dreams are clearly fierce right from the start. It has a a truly interesting and unique perspective, but I'll be honest - Bunheads didn't pop for me right away.

However, it didn't take too long and didn't require too much patience to begin settling into the story and become fascinated with the inside details that longtime dancer Sophie Flack is able to provide - and the work ethic and passion that demands respect and awe. Once I started to see how Hannah's life is held back by her devotion, I began to get invested in the story and really care what happened to her.

There's a maturity and realism to Bunheads that interested me - I rooted for Hannah to have more, yet also didn't want her to give up her dreams. She's worked so long and so hard at one goal, you can feel the utter heartwrenching pain of her choice.

Bunheads is a coming-of-age, turnpoint-in-life kind of story that Sophie Flack gives raw, stark depth to. At times it is painful to read, because Flack makes it easy to understand and sympathize with the life of a dancer, even though that kind of single-minded drive at such a young age may be foreign to most of us.

I was amazed at the eventual reaction Bunheads got from me. This debut novel is goosebump inspiring and empowering! Here we have a fresh, clear, bright novel that convinced me of its relevance and utter worth, slowly but surely! I hope Sophie Flack provides more reading material soon!!!

Wow! Bunheads is a powerful surprise! My bibliophile opinion? You should read this!

*I received a review copy of Bunheads from Hachette Book Group. Their generosity in no way influenced, nor sought to influence, my opinion of the novel.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Real Live Boyfriends

Real Live Boyfriends is a YA contemporary novel by E. Lockhart, and the fourth novel in the Ruby Oliver quartet.

Here we are on the last day of “Ruby Oliver Week” and if you aren’t already reading these books – well, why not?

But I’m more than sure most of you are – and hopefully you’re all caught up, and therefore not at risk of being spoiled by my review of Real Live Boyfriends. You’ve been warned!

Ruby Oliver is beginning her senior year of high school with a real live boyfriend: Noel.

At least she thought she was.

After having spent the rest of junior year and the beginning of summer being fully in love (okay, they never actually said the word, but the vibes were strongly in that direction), Ruby is now confused.

Again.

When Noel went to visit his brother in New York for a while, almost every day they talked on the phone and exchanged funny emails. She never once felt insecure.

Until all of a sudden – communication stopped. Ruby would call and he wouldn’t answer. She’d leave a voice mai…

Titanic: S.O.S.

S.O.S. is the third and final book in Gordon Korman's middle-grade Titanic trilogy.

This is the third book in a trilogy, book addicts! You must, I repeat, must read the first two books (Unsinkable and Collision Course) before you read this review. Otherwise you are just going to ruin all the twists! Sure, we know the Titanic sinks - but the surprises that are revealed about our characters, among other things, should not be spoiled!

But all of you that have read the first two books (which I hope are many of you, because this a great series), can rest assured that I won't spoil anything from S.O.S. itself - just a basic recap and my opinion.

Here goes:

The Titanic is sinking. No one wants to believe it, but the bow is almost imperceptibly starting to dip into the freezing Atlantic Ocean - and our four main characters are thrown into a race for survival.

Paddy is locked up below deck, having finally been caught as a stowaway. In one cell over are the very criminals that wish him dead…

Book Spotlight: Rarity from the Hollow

Happy Wednesday, Book Loving Fiends!
Once again I am featuring a Book Spotlight on a novel I have not yet read but we should all take a looksie at. Here ya go!