Think "Black Swan," just without all the cray-cray.
As someone who truly (and not ironically) loves movies like Center Stage, Bring it On and Drumline, I was instantly hooked by Sophie Flack's Bunheads, a novel about the ultra-competitive world of ballet.
Hannah is a talented dancer in the Manhattan Ballet Company, devoting her entire life to grueling rehearsals and performances and, until now, she's loved every minute. Once she meets Jacob, though, things start to change. Can she really sacrifice having a personal life-- and maybe a wonderful romance-- to be a "bunhead?"
If you've always secretly dreamed of being a ballerina, and want a backstage glimpse of the trials and tribulations of life as a dancer, along with a little bit of romance, then this is the book for you. Plus, Flack herself trained for many years as a ballet dancer, so it's got the ring of truth. Bunheads will have you dreaming of pointe shoes and pirouettes.
I am an adult services librarian who also wears a teen librarian hat most of the time. I love to read all kinds of books, although I gravitate toward literary fiction, nonfiction books about science or sociology and fantastic teen books of all sorts. Other things I love include my dog, hiking, playing music and trying new recipes.