On Sunday I read Bunheads by Sophie Flack. If the title and cover didn’t give it away…the book is about ballet dancers not just any dancers though, New York City ballet dancers. I really liked that the author spent 9 years as a professional ballet dancer in New York City, this gives more believability to the book. However, she doesn’t overwhelm the reader with technical ballet terms.
The story follows Hannah Ward through a year of ballet. Hannah knew she wanted to be a ballet dancer since she was a little girl and hasn’t explored many other options outside that life. All that changes with a chance meeting of Jacob, a musician and NYU student, at her cousin’s restaurant. We see Hannah struggle to maintain a relationship with a non-dancer while trying to forward her dancing career. Throw in other dancers competing for the same parts, another suitor, as well as Hannah’s endearing inability to navigate the “real world” and you have all the components for a wonderful read.
I definitely enjoyed this book and would suggest it to anyone interested in dancers’ lives.