Bunheads – Sophie Flack

“As a dancer with the Manhattan Ballet Company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward is living her childhood dream.  And while she might not be a prima ballerina yet, she’s moving up the ranks and surely is she works hard enough she can make it happen.

But devoting her whole life to ballet leaves very little time for anything else: friends, family, school have all fallen by the wayside.  Hannah doesn’t mind, until a chance encounter brings Jacob into her life.  He’s cute, he plays guitar and he’s offering a whole future that Hannah never considered.  And now she must choose between her lifelong dream or what could be the love of her life…”

I was lucky enough to win this book from a giveaway run by Bliss Magazine.

I know nothing about ballet and have to admit that this is not a book I would’ve picked up from the shelves of a bookshop.  I had no idea if I would enjoy it and wasn’t too sure what to expect from it, so it came as a very pleasant surprise to find myself completely engrossed in this story and unable to stop reading!

There was a quick introduction to Hannah’s life, then I was thrown straight into the world of a ballet dancer in the corps de ballet – something which seemed to be far more unglamorous than it first sounded.  The girls put themselves through a lot of physical and psychological stress in their aim to get to the top, this was something I struggled to understand (but then for me exercise is like a form of torture which I avoid as often as I can) but I was intrigued by it nonetheless. Another part that was difficult for me to grasp was how the girls were friends but also very competitive, and sometimes nasty, with each other – I could understand why but I suppose I felt like they weren’t true friendships.

Hannah had lived quite a sheltered life because of her dedication to ballet so when she met Jacob she was definitely out of her comfort zone, I found this interesting to read because it seemed to awaken something in her and make her think about life outside of ballet.

The backstage goings-on were brilliant to read about – I was amazed by what went on before a show, particularly the footwear beating!  It was beautifully written so that during the show itself I actually felt like I was on stage with them.

The whole book had a young, fresh feel and I’m so glad I got the chance to read it because it really was a great read, it left me with a big smile on my face.

This was a fascinating book that I couldn’t put down (yes it was another one-day read).  I would recommend this even if, like me, you know nothing about ballet.

Bunheads can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Sophie Flack visit her website here.