Review – Bunheads

Reviewer: Rebekah
Title: Bunheads
Author: Sophie Flack
Source: Library
Pages: 294
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publication Date: October 10, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Reader
Rating: 4/5

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?

I took ballet.
And no, I don’t mean until I was 7.
During my high school years, I spent at least three days a week at the studio (usually more during performance or recital season). Looking back, I realize that was kind of a lot considering…

A. I am not a ballerina.
B. Like, I don’t even take a single, crappy ballet class in college.
C. I wasn’t even that good.

But the truth is, I loved it. Still do.

So my point it is, I wanted to read this book.

And I really liked it! I probably won’t read it again, but I definitely enjoyed the story. The main character, Hannah is decent, but not just oozing in the personality department. But that kind of makes sense. She’s overly disciplined. Her life is rigid, she works full-time, all the time, she lives alone….and she’s only nineteen.

It’s a simple enough story. Girl loves to dance. Girl dances all day, everyday. Girl wants to be promoted. Girl works her butt off. Literally. Girl must decide.

There’s a cute boy. Another rich boy. A triangle? sort of.

Lots of dynamics with characters. You see the “best friend” the “friend you love but hate” and the “annoying friend.”

But really, the book is about making choices for yourself. It’s about figuring out what is actually the best thing for you. It’s about deciding who exactly you want to be down the road. I was definitely satisfied in the end, even though it is somewhat bittersweet.

So yes, even if you don’t know the difference between a plié and a posé, I think you should read it!


1 comment
  1. Amazing review I love the cover, I don't know anything about ballet so it might be a challenge…I love chanllenges 😉

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