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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Things like the way the dancers are constantly being weighed, the way it is practically forbidden to grow breasts, the long, exhausting hours they have to put in when there’s no guarantee they’ll ever make the big parts The author danced with City Ballet for several years before being let go in a budget downsize. As her on-again, off-again relationship with Bunhesds develops, Hannah begins to reconsider her life and her goals. View all 5 comments. I still don’t know what the central story arc is supposed to be, because the novel is so unfocused.

May 23, thepessimisticreader rated it really liked it Shelves: But then she meets musician Jacob, and she realises just what she’s missed out on while growing up like this. There is, obviously, no semblance of a life outside of ballet.

So I fear that for those out there that have never taken ballet this book may be a bit hard to connect with, or understand even. On the one hand I enjoyed reading about the lives of these young dancers, their drive to succeed, and the toll on their lives.

There is also a competing love interest, Matt. I loved all the dancers in the book, the competitions and the drama.

The feeling of the rush of adrenaline while on stage filled my bbook as I read this book. You can absolutely understand why, despite it all, Hannah loves and continues to love ballet. I basically learned to walk, was potty trained, and then off the dance school I went at the age of 2.

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When one dancer falls, another must rise to take her place and it is with mixed emotion but mostly elation.

Ah, it shows how far ballet dancers would go to get the parts they want; from extreme dieting, an addiction to constant rigorous practice, denial of personal interactions and social lives, and an over importance placed on physical beauty and form.


I’ve always been a massive fan of ballet books – when growing up, Jean Estoril’s Drina series and Lorna Hill’s Sadler’s Wells books were two of my favourites, and they’re some of the few classics of my childhood that I still revisit. Granted I was only at the St.

This was a pretty pleasant read that kept me entertained and plenty to think about. 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.

Which, again, is explicit in the text — she has no life but ballet, so she thinks of nothing but ballet — but the way she thinks of ballet is unrevealing of both herself and ballet. And that’s unfortunate because the story had potential, if only the author has spent fewer words describing how hard everyone worked and how tired they all were and more time helping the reader get to know the dancers.

Hannah is our protagonist who is completely devoted to her art. When I finally closed the book I knew it would be late, but I was pretty engrossed in the story and I had no idea it was near 3 am. Bunheads is definitely one of my top ten favourite teen reads for She went off to study at the Manhattan Ballet Academy when she was very young, and so ballet has been her entire life. Oct 17, Nancy rated it really liked it. What a fucking waste of a scene. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

This was a pret 5 Words: Bunheads on the other side, is honest and raw for a change. How hungry she is to finish reading one novel. Bunheads is a nice change from the usual young adult fare and will appeal to those teens who are involved in the arts world, especially the world of dance. For speaking up and finding ways to grow when you felt boxed in. But I learned to appreciate each and every one of them over the course of the story.

Hannah left home in Massachusetts at 14 to live in the MBA’s dorm, attending ‘regular’ school the School of the Arts stands in for Professional Children’s School for academics but living and breathing the MBA’s classes in all things ballet.


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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. And yet, I was left unsatisfied, frustrated, and my self esteem was at an all time low for the day.

I’m sure she practiced her craft every day for years to reach that level of excellence. It’s definitely not Black Swan and I think some people were expecting it to be as they’re both about ballet!

Bunheadshowever, Awful. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? A nice thought, but.

Posted by About me at It’s easy to laser in on the flaws of a bok — a cliched storyline here; an underdeveloped character there — and forget how much of a colossal achievement it is to write 80, words of a hook that progresses and maintains a buheads interest and contains characters that could pass for real people.

I’m so in love with how performances and ballet life is described, so while it’s a quieter contemporary read than I’m used to, my affection for it is pretty strong. Highly recommended if you love well-written coming-of-age stories in interesting settings and with fascinating, three dimensional characters. For the corps de ballet, dancing The Nutcracker becomes like a tag team as dancers get injured: You always like that she can use the experiences in her life to give the ballet scenes a note of accuracy.

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But I feel like those films are about the exception, and Flack is writing the rule. The realism in Bunheads bunheasd works to its advantage and makes the story I didn’t really think I’d like bunhwads book, I have to admit. I’ve read these kinds of stories before that are meant to be all about the realism with little excitement, sadness or anything particularly noteworthy – I have always found them dull.

I loved how he made it easy for Hannah to be herself. I am in awe of what it takes to train a body to do the moves and to create such beauty through moment.