Exhilaration and drudgery, passion and exhaustion, exist side by side for dancers in the exalted Manhattan Ballet, a world unto itself, which. Summary: A quiet but very realistic look at the struggle ballet dancers have and what happens when a girl has to choose between her career. Bunheads by Sophie Flack is a young adult novel inspired by the author’s experiences as a New York City Ballet dancer. The book Bunheads is not related the.

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A whole new perspective is brought to the readers eyes and it held them there. I think Sophie does a gob job filling the reader on what’s like being in a ballet academy and all the effort to become a soloist.

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The novel is not perfect however. Heck, she was just there for the free stuff! I loved the New York details woven into this story. Sophie Flack knows this world; she was in the corps de ballet of the New York City Ballet for several years. Bunheads by Sophie Flack. Atom; Digital original edition March 1, Language: Highly recommended if you love bpok coming-of-age stories in interesting settings and with fascinating, three dimensional characters. I found even the simplest scenes genuinely hard to follow, because the writing is so clunky.

I honestly don’t know Reply Jenny October 14, at 5: On the one hand I enjoyed reading about the lives of these young dancers, their drive to succeed, and the toll on their lives.

Hannah’s got two guys after her although neither are dancers, as they are in Centre Stage ; Hannah’s got a rival who is a bitch and long-time member of the company same, same ; there’s the older mentor-type dancer who everyone looks up to but really, secretly wishes would break a leg; there’s the aloof company director who the dancers do everything they can to gain bbunheads with; there’s even the obligatory company parties where dancers are expected to mingle and promote the company but spend most of the time drinking champagne.


I guess I was expecting something more like Gail Formans Where She Went where the music careers where the back drop, and the emotions took center stage. I didn’t find the characters particularly interesting or likable. I’m stoked for this book. There is the right amount of gritty and raw information about the strictness and mentality of some dancers.

There is also a competing love interest, Matt. If you see this book in your library or in a bookstore, pick it up.

Thanks for telling us about bunbeads problem. For the corps de ballet, dancing The Nutcracker becomes like a tag team as dancers get injured: The pace was quite slow, the technical ballet terms made my brain fuzzy, and there were so many booj introduced that they were all beginning to blur together.

One person found this helpful. She has dedicated her life to her trade, training everyday and neglecting both her familiar and social life for the chance of a lifetime at dancing surrounded by the best dancers and choreographers in her country. I could spoiler-cut and tell you, but duh. The struggles and realizations she went through seemed very real and very much like the same ones many of us go through.

I too am intrigued. I see the rows of lights spinning overhead, and I feel like I’m flying. When not performing, he bunhead she is rehearsing or taking classes, working out or sleeping. Do ballerinas always think about food? But I need some sense of writing as a craft; writing as something complicated and difficult that takes years of diligence to master.

You can’t not develop boo for ballet dancers after reading this work.

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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 bok in the company for a star soloist spot or strike out on her own in the real world. I am not the least talented nor am I nearly the most talented. Girl in Motion looks like it might be good, or at least better — has anyone read it? I’m really interested in dancing and reading, so can anyone suggest a novel that combines both?


Suddenly I forget that I’m not wearing stage makeup and that I wasn’t even warmed up. Zoe and Hannah are well-matched in their vunheads, and are forever being played off one another and made bunhaeds compete for parts. Nineteen-year old Hannah Ward, a dancer with the Manhattan Ballet Company, has devoted her entire life to dance.

Details have been changed, but fans of ballet will nonetheless relish the inside scoop. Refresh and try again. Hannah, who always wanted to be a ballet dancer, left home at age fourteen to train at the company’s school and is now a senior corps member, performing three to four ballets in an evening.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Even though Sophie Flack’s novel is fiction, it’s clear she draws upon her firsthand knowledge from when she danced for the New York City Ballet from Flack’s story is about Hannah, a dancer.

Hannah is our protagonist who is completely devoted to her art. The dialogue was natural and perfectly fitting, the setting was so descriptive but not too lengthy, and the theme of the story was so well planted.

I enjoyed reading this book and thought the author did an excellent job of presenting both the technical and the emotional side of being a ballet dancer. Everyone should know that beauty and grace comes at the cost of ugly feet. Oct 20, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Just send us an booi and we’ll put bunheeads best up on the site. However she uses all of the proper French terms for each step, and nothing more.

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