Monday, February 27, 2012

Bunheads- Sophie Flack

Title: Bunheads
Author: Sophie Flack
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
Rating: 5/5

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?
Reading the summary on this book reminded me of Black Swan. Honestly, I kept picturing the cover for the movie every time I looked at this book. I hated the cover, I am not a fan of pink but I picked it up and I loved it.  
I loved the setting, and the characters. I really just loved everything about it. Hannah is a nineteen year old dancer living in New York. She is part of the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet Company. She is happy with her life, until she meets Jacob who shows her the world outside of the dance studio. Hannah is forced to choose between what she knows and the unknown.
This book sucked me in; I did not want to put it down.  It was a fast intense read. I have never wanted to be a dancer, so I learned a lot about what a dancer needs to look like and what is required of them. I loved the insight into the prestigious world of ballet. I felt like I was alongside Hannah as she struggled to balance her life within the dance company and her life outside.
This is an amazing debut novel. I am a huge fan of Flack. I want her to write more books. She did an amazing job. I am lost for how to explain this book in a coherent way without just squealing and dancing around.  This is very rare for me.  I love love loved this book.

1 comment:

  1. Your review reminds me of that movie, I think it's called Centre Stage? I think I'd pick this up if I found it at the library, good review!