Author: Sophie Flack
Publication Date: October 10, 2011
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?
Let’s start out by swooning over the cover, shall we? I absolutely love the kaleidoscope feel with the ballerinas and it matches the story perfectly.
And now on to the story. Bunheads is another perfect example of a book that came about because the author clearly writes what she knows. Sophie Flack danced with the New York City Ballet Company and you can tell she was completely immersed in the industry by the lingo she uses and the lifestyle she describes. Being a non-dancer, I didn’t understand most of the lingo and I think I missed out on a lot because I couldn’t picture or imagine what the moves looked like.
While I enjoyed the story as a whole, Hannah’s behavior and actions annoyed me a lot. It could be because I’m not familiar with the lifestyle and the ridiculous dedication it takes, but sometimes I just wanted to slap her. I think this book would definitely appeal to those who have a dance/ballerina background and can understand the language a bit more than I did.