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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I could totally picture myself following Hannah, the main character, walking through MBA and get attached to her. There really is a life outside of dance, and sometimes you have to chose between life on stage Symphatische Charakterin und spannend gemacht, jedoch mit viel Ballettvokanbular.

I am not the youngest in the class although there’s a pretty good chance I am the oldest in the class. Little, Brown and Company pp. View all 13 comments.

Two new boyfriends, one a downtown musician and the other an uptown patron, raise conflicts in her mind. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. View all 4 comments. There wasn’t enough angst or struggle in her bunbeads throughout the book, it seemed like she was bjnheads cheating on both Matt and Jacob and didn’t even car. She is also beginning to experience curiosity about what happens outside of the rehearsal hall. Food—or how little of it to eat—is a constant topic of conversation, and exercise classes fill whatever free time remains.

She danced with the New York City Ballet from until For example, I know what terms such as manegestombes and soutenus mean, but think the majority of readers would perhaps have found it more accessible with a glossary in the back. She bunhead Jacob start a tenuous relationship, but she is so unbelievably busy that weeks will go by with no contact except perhaps a text message or two. It was Bunheads that pulled me up out of my reading slump and introduced me bubheads a world very different than most other young adult books I read.


Lincoln Center begins to trouble her. Bhnheads couldn’t tell you a single thing about her character apart from the fact that she likes ballet.

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Dancers, both young and old, will find Flack’s book to be right up their alley, as it fleshes out the ballet world, warts and all. Because god forbid the reader might want to picture the characters’ surroundings during the scene. Hannah shares a dressing room with her close friends — Bea, Daisy, Bynheads and Zoe. The novel wasn’t so much focused on the struggles of being a dancer but rather with how Hannah and her friends dealt with them and how they grew and developed in such a disciplined situation.

Bunheads by Sophie Flack

For this reason, along with the fine writing, this novel deserves high marks. I didn’t really think I’d like this book, I have to admit. Hannah is our protagonist who is completely devoted to her art. I thought that the relationships in this book were very well written.

But the sheen is wearing off for Hannah. Each dancer in the corps du ballet dreams of promotion, working hard to attain this goal, often at great personal sacrifice. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: And then I remembered I’m reading a review and shouldn’t want to know anyway. The quietness of this novel works both against it and to its advantage.

Highly recommended if you love well-written coming-of-age stories in interesting settings and with fascinating, three dimensional characters. Otto Klein, the director of the Manhattan Ballet, is the one who chooses the ballets the company will perform and who will dance the solos.

Although the plot is fairly easy to guess, I found it to be thoroughly enjoyable, finishing it in a single day. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. What a fucking waste of a scene. I am not the thinnest dancer.


This book gave me no more insight into the ballet world than Center Stage did, and at least Center Stage made it exciting if not incredibly cheesy. On stage, the dancers are graceful and defy gravity.

I found it quite an engrossing read actually. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I wasn’t engaged in her struggle. I’m one of those people that is perfectly happy knowing the entire plot before reading a book… so was almost let down that you didn’t tell us what she chooses!

View all 6 comments. What I loved most about Bunheads was the behind the scenes feel to it. So when I was reading this book, it was more than that. Sophie Flack clearly is a talented writer and I look forward to more offerings from this author in the future.


I loved the way Sophie Flack walks you through the ballets Hannah is doing step by step. Nov 03, Lauren rated it it was ok. An easy sell book a ballet fan like me, it purports to mix the author’s real-life ballet experience with the usual teen drama of the YA genre.

Injuries are expected and constant. It seemed that it didn’t quite fit in with the novel, bunheasd that she should’ve come up with a better reason to throw away your career than a boy. Dec 26, We rehearse in old leotards, threadbare tights, and torn leg warmers. As a dancer in high school, I totally related to this book.