Saturday, 31 March 2012

Review: Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Bunheads by Sophie Flack
Pages: 294
Publisher: Atom
Published: March 1st 2012


How do you chose between your first love and your first solo?

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 ballet yet, she's moving up the ranks and surely if she works hard enough she can make it happen.
But devoting her whole life to ballet leaves very little time for everything else: friends, family, school have all fallen by the wayside. Hannah doesn't mind until a chance encounter brings Jacob into her life . . .


How to describe and make this book sound like i want it to i don't know. I have been trying to have great ways to review this book every minute. Even when i was half way of this book i was thinking how i could do the review for this book, but here it goes.

Firstly, i would like to say this is a first for me to read a performing art kind of book. I have never read a book like this.

Bunheads is a hooking book. Every time, i read it i keep on reading more and more and then more. I just can't get enough it. Sophie's writing is beautiful, but simple. When you read this you don't want to leave the book, but, neither do you want to finish it.  How Sophie describes ballet is like you are a ballet person. She shows the backstage world of being a ballet-not on stage with pretty tutus, make up and delicate dancing, which looks effortless. Sophie shows how being a ballet is not all about being in a tutu and looking beautiful. It mean a lot of hard work and sweat. No eating much calories and always on a diet-which i would die of! No time for yourself or anyone else you love.

One of the things that really surprised me in the ballet world was that your breasts have to be small or it's bye bye to you.

Every character in this story is like a person that actually exists outside of this book and living with you right now. Hannah has few friends in the Manhattan Ballet Company, which are: Zoe, Bea, Daisy and Leni and a few more. Zoe is a girl who jumps from one boy to another in minutes, but she takes her ballet career seriously. Bea is kind and is helpful and Daisy is sixteen-younger than any of the girls in the Manhattan Ballet Company. They all sound real to me.

Meeting Jacob was quick, just into a few chapters you meet him and he sounds like a genuine nice guy. Jacob and Hannah are a great couple. The only drawback is that Hannah is a ballet and doesn't have time for anything else. However, Hannah also has another boy in her life; Matt. He's gorgeous, kind and has all the money you can wish for.

The plot of this book is a ordinary life of a ballet person. I love how structured the plot of the romance and Hannah's career into the plot. Not much about romance, but a lot about ballet and that's how it is supposed to be, Hannah's ballet life over shadowing her first love. The book finishes with a great decision of Hanna's for the rest of her life.

To summarise, people you need to smash your piggy bank and get this book immediately!

My Rating:


About the author:

Sophie Flack danced with the New York City Ballet from 2000 to 2009. She is currently studying English at Columbia University.
Bunheads is her first novel.

Learn more about Sophie Flack at:

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