Author : Sophie Flack
Genre : YA Contemporary Romance
Star Rating : 3***
As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet Company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling performances and complicated backstage relationships. Up until now, Hannah has happily devoted her entire life to ballet.
But when she meets a handsome musician named Jacob, Hannah's universe begins to change, and she must decide if she wants to compete against the other "bunheads" in the company for a star soloist spot or strike out on her own in the real world. Does she dare give up the gilded confines of the ballet for the freedoms of everyday life?
Once again I never intended to read this book. It was just another one that I picked up to make up a deal that was on at a local store. However, after reading the blurb at the back I was excited to read this book. I've always been obsessed with Ballerinas and the Ballet. I've never been interested in being a Ballerina myself by I've always found their lifestyle fascinating and I love reading anything about the Ballet world. Hence, why I picked up this book.
This book was a very easy, quick read. It wasn't boring and it didn't fall flat, it was fast paced and to the point and I enjoyed that. This is very much a summer read or a book to read when you just don't have anything else to read, but that makes it more enjoyable. Whilst being a short novel, this book is jam packed with drama and romance. Like I've said before, I don't usually read YA contemporary romance novels because I just find them a little cheesy and I can't stand 'instalove'. I have to say this book definitely lived up to that. The romance was very cheesy and Hannah seemed to fall in love with Jacob at first sight. I did enjoy that aspect of the book to an extent but, it wasn't my favourite and that's why I marked down my rating a little.
However, I did enjoy the storyline as a whole and I like how it panned out. I didn't expect the ending so that was a nice surprise at the end. I also enjoyed the character development and how they all grew throughout the novel which kept the plot interesting and I feel like that helped keep me engaged. I think if there wasn't as much character development as there was in this novel, I would have put it down because it wouldn't have done a lot for me.
This book is a quick, enjoyable read, definitely suited as a summertime read or a quick read. I'd probably recommend this book to younger audiences however, I think anyone that is interested in Ballet in anyway would also get some satisfaction from the reading this novel.
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