My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ever wish you could grow up to be a ballet dancer? Or just wonder what it takes to dance like those miraculous beings soaring across the stage every Christmas season in The Nutcracker? This book tells you what the grueling art form feels like from the inside--sore muscles, aching toes, constant dieting, and all. Author Sophie Flack also does a splendid job portraying the competition that permeates a professional ballet company and the burning ambition it takes to keep going day after day. But she does an even better job giving us the rounded character of Hannah, for whom the desire to be a normal teenaged girl (a pedestrian, as the dancers call them) competes with the need to prove herself worthy of a soloist part. I couldn't put Bunheads down until the last, touching page.
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