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 adult services librarian who also does teen librarian business, and I love to read all kinds of books. Other things I love include my dog, beans (seriously, show me a bean and I will eat it and love it), camping, playing music and little baby succulent plants. The plants are slowly taking over my apartment, and that's just fine.