Bunheads : A Book ReviewWednesday, August 12, 2015
As a young child I was fascinate with ballet. Ballerinas always seemed perfectly poised on the stage. They got to wear gorgeous outfits and special shoes and the makeup... They had captured my imagination and I was in love with the art form.
Of course life took me in a different direction, mostly because I didn't love the art enough to commit my life to it.
But fiction has allowed me to take small glimpses of the life of a ballerina and experience it. Most recently I got wrapped up in a fun contemporary fiction about the life of a ballerina in Bunheads, by Sophie Flack.
Then, on one evening trip outside of her small ballet circle she meets a boy, Jacob, who introduces Hannah to other aspects of life that ballet keeps her from.
She begins to wonder if she wants ballet to be her whole life...
Hannah, as a character, is likable. She has dreams and has decided to work hard to get them. Yet, we get to see the sacrifices that decision has caused her, specifically in relation to her family life. She lives and breathes ballet... there simply isn't time for anything else.
Overall, I just wanted more from the ending. It just sort of winded down to the end, and while I get that is more realistic, I didn't pick up a biography, I picked up a piece of fiction. I just needed some kind of action I guess.
Reasons to Read
Also, if you are looking for a story that shows how determination and dedication can look like in someone's life, this book will give you that. There is no doubt that Hannah learns that you can only completely excel at something by focusing on that one thing. If you split your attention between many things, you won't excel at any of them... even if you do become proficient at all of them.
Reading List Rating
My Suggested Audience
As an adult, this could be a fun book if you enjoy watching ballet, or if you have a ballerina (or ballet dancer...) in your life. It's a fun quick read, so don't shy away completely.
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