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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But one night at an Italian restaurant, she meets Jacob, or whatever his name is, and falls in love with him, the NYU college student slash aspiring song writer and bunheds isn’t so sure of what she wants to do with her life. Dancers, both young and old, will find Flack’s book to be right up their alley, as it fleshes out the ballet world, warts and all. Still thanks to years of ballet, and bloody toes to prove this book was a great read for me. Jacob is a cool character who is the complete opposite of Hannah, and despite being put off by Hannah, Jacob stays a loyal friend.

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While it’s true that it’s not the most dramatic of reads, it does involve a young girl choosing between the career she’s spent her life pursuing and her first chance at love, and does a remarkably good job of keeping you guessing as to which decision she’ll make until the very end. 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 AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


On the plus side, the author keeps the story from being overly dramatic, but compelling enough that it will be difficult to put down. Unfortunately I can’t find it anywhere!

Heroine Hannah is a total cypher. You can’t not develop respect for ballet dancers after reading this work. In Mattie, Hannah remembers what it was to think of dancing and ballet in a dreamy way; before the backstabbing, long hours and poor castings; I look bnuheads at this smiling little girl in her pigtails and dirty tutu.

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Think Black Swan minus craziness, blood and sex. You should definitely give this a try if ballet piques your interests. Girl in Motion looks like it might be good, or at least better — has anyone read it? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: And yet, I was left unsatisfied, frustrated, and my self esteem was at an all time low for the day.

I will note, for the record, that the line took forever, because not only was Sophie Flack signing the book, but she was drawing a pair of ballet shoes in each book and then coloring them in with pink highlighter, which the rep finally confiscated because it really was taking forever. This book will certainly appeal to anyone who has an interest in dance bopk well as fans of coming of age, contemporary novels. View all 4 comments.

I think the ending was expected but nonetheless it was perfect! But for the rest of her friends, the epitome of success is becoming a soloist. And somewhere around the halfway mark, I started to book why Sophie Flack wrote Bunheads this way.

It’s easy to laser in on the flaws of a novel — a cliched storyline here; an underdeveloped character there — and forget how much of a colossal achievement it is to write 80, words of a story that progresses and maintains a reader’s interest and contains characters that could pass for real people. Food—or how little of it to eat—is a constant topic of conversation, and exercise classes fill whatever free time remains. But the sheen is wearing off for Hannah.


Flack was also a professional ballet dancer, and I wanted to read this book because I was interested in what I assumed would be realistic, vivid detail. I mean after all I was vunheads author’s librarian waaay back when! Her only friends are forced into competitions against one another to have a solo or to be promoted as a soloist.

Hannah is a believable character who struggles to discover just what it is she wants for her life; the insular world of buheads or to discover more about the world around her. As a former ballet dancer, there is something incredibly magical about novels that manage to capture it perfectly – Bunheads is one of those stories.

Reply Courtney October 14, at 5: Hannah shares a dressing room with her close friends — Bea, Daisy, Leni and Zoe.

I think that this one will appeal to a lot bpok young adult and adult readers alike. Reply Erica October 14, at 5: I love the title too. Suddenly I forget that I’m not wearing stage makeup and that I wasn’t even warmed up. Lincoln Center begins to trouble her.

Bunheads by Sophie Flack – book review

But the message is a good one. I don’t need lovingly constructed objective correlatives.

Her life experience has clearly and definitively shaped her writer’s voice. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.