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In a crowd of beautiful ballet dancers, how can one girl stand out?

As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling performances, and complicated backstage relationships. But when she meets a spontaneous and irresistibly cute musician named Jacob, her universe begins to change.

Until now, Hannah has happily followed the company's unofficial mantra, "Don't think, just dance." But as Jacob opens her eyes to the world beyond the theater, Hannah must decide whether to compete against the other "bunheads" for a star soloist spot or to strike out on her own.


by Sophie Flack

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Overall Review:  

The lives of ballerinas have always seemed glamourous and exciting. The dancing, the lights, the applause. The dedication and love for a hobby that is much more than a hobby--or a job for that matter. It is a way of life. I always dreamed of becoming a dancer or an ice skater when I was young.


When I began this book, I knew that being a ballerina isn't all it is cracked up to be. It might seem like a dream career--easy and simple because all they do is dance, right? How hard could it be? Hannah Ward is a professional ballerina who is only nineteen, and yet she has all of the responsibility and worry of a full-grown adult. She has given up the life of a typical teen, college, parties, and friends for a place in a ballet company that she has worked her whole life to achieve. But how long can she keep up her life of practices, little sleep, and starvation? The goals keep getting loftier and the days shorter. There is only so much time, and her body can only withstand so much.


If you would like a peek into the life of a bunch of girls training their hardest to snag the star part in a ballet, then this book is for you. Even if you have never been a fan of ballet, this book still has a wonderful story of how a young girl finds ways to be true to herself in the midst of pressure to become what everyone else wants.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  3 religious exclamations; 5 mild obscenities; 2 religious profanities; 2 scatological terms; 3 anatomical terms; 5 F-Word derivatives.


Violence/Gore:  None


Sex/Nudity:  Minors kiss several times; nudity with some brief sexual innuendo mentioned, no detail; sex is mentioned once; a girl is mentioned to be "sleeping with" her teacher, no details are given.

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Underage drinking, addictions.

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Minors drink wine while partying; minors smoke.

Reviewed By Lydia
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