On-stage beauty. Backstage drama.
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?
At 19, Hannah Ward finds herself forced to chose between her dream of becoming a soloist in the Manhattan Ballet or exploring the world outside of dance. Having lived on her own in New York City since the age of 14, Hannah's entire existence centers around going to class, rehearsal, performing, exercising, and eating with absolute care. However, lately she doesn't seem to be getting any closer to moving from being simply a dancer to a soloist star. When she meets Jacob, a musician not involved in the ballet world, Hannah begins to glimpse a life outside of toe shoes and the stage. A former dancer in City Ballet, author Sophie Flack fleshes out the details of ballet life with care and a rush of realism that creates a deeply believable world.
- Juvenile Nonfiction, Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Themes
- General, Conflicts + Dualities, Social Issues / General, Girls + Women, Arts + Entertainment, Performing Arts / Dance
- March 10, 2013
- October 10, 2011
- Sophie Flack