Author: Sophie Flack
Release Date: October 10, 2011
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?—Goodreads
Y'ALL. SOPHIE FREAKIN' FLACK WROTE A BOOK.
Okay, for those of you who weren't aspiring ballerinas when you were younger and/or aren't obsessed with ballet, let me explain.
Sophie Flack used to dance with New York City Ballet. Back in 2009, the company started laying off dancers. She was let go, (sad.) and subsequently interviewed by the New York Times and Time Out New York (this article has really cool video with it!) about life after dance. And now she has written a BOOK.
|Sophie Flack warming up at the barre. Photo (c) New York Times.|
Let's be honest here. If someone is going to write a YA novel about life as an aspiring professional ballerina, it should be someone who lived that life, n'est-ce pas?
I am PUMPED to read this one. *pirouettes excitedly*
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