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 sympathised with Jacob for putting so much effort into trying to spend time with Hannah and I sympathised with Hannah for finding it bokk to find that time. I want to read this book so much! Her only friends are forced into competitions against one another to have a solo or to be promoted as a soloist.

Bunheads by Sophie Flack

But for those two hours every week, we leave the world behind and enter an existence where we can. Warning – if you love the Nutcracker, this might bunhrads be the best book to read! The majority of readers will not have any concept of what it is like to be a ballet dancer in a major company; the long exhausting hours of practice, the pain endured in pushing the body to its limits, the exhilaration of performing on stage and obtaining the recognition so dearly desired, the complex relationships that exist within a major dance company and the difficulty of having any semblance of a normal life outside of training and performing.

Aug 30, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: I really liked Hannah Ward, the main character who is a dancer for the Manhattan Ballet, and appreciated how she was willing to take courageous steps to make changes in her life and redefine her personal goals.

This was a pret 5 Words: Explore the Home Gift Guide. But pretty soon, all signs point to disaster. Again I really, REALLY enjoyed this book, I just think maybe it could have been done slightly different to make it more approachable to a wider audience. Oct 04, Marco Esteves rated it really liked it Shelves: Details have been bunheadw, but fans of ballet will nonetheless relish the inside scoop.


Up until now, Hannah has happily devoted her entire life to ballet. This took strength of character, and is an example for young women when they have to make tough decisions for themselves. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I didn’t dislike her, I just didn’t care about her. 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. Lincoln Center begins to trouble her. The characters are so true-to-life that I still expect to see Booo at the Koch theater or see Hannah and Jacob walking across the plaza.

You can absolutely understand why, despite it all, Hannah loves and continues to love ballet. I don’t need stunningly imaginative plots. She excels at label-dropping, describing friendships tinged with jealousy and detailing every step required to break in toe shoes. As her on-again, off-again relationship with Jacob develops, Hannah begins to reconsider her life and her goals.

She juggles two boyfriends; Jacob is the down-to-earth boy who represents a normal life outside of her field bunheadz Matt is the handsome and wealthy balletomane translating boook one who follows the ballet feverishly that sees Hannah’s potential and understands the world that absorbs her. Overall, this was a very interesting book which taught me a lot about the backstage goings-on of ballet dancers and the hard work that they go through, both physically and mentally.

I’ve seen a couple of reviewers criticise Bunheads for being rather quiet, with nothing really happening, and am trying to work out whether they’ve read the same book as me. Joie de Livre Preach!!

Bunheads by Sophie Flack – book review

It wasn’t until I was rereading Ballet Shoes for the umpteenth time that I wondered what it was really like. They dance in unison and in perfect time.

What I loved most about Bunheads was the behind the scenes feel to it. Given the amount I’ve read, I would say I know a fair amount more about ballet than the average reader probably does. You never get a sense of why Hannah loved ballet in the first place. I am not the thinnest dancer. Hannah left home in Massachusetts at 14 to live in the MBA’s dorm, attending ‘regular’ school the School of the Bunbeads stands in for Professional Children’s School for academics but living and breathing the MBA’s classes in all things ballet.


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Is it not totally obvious? It might’ve been that it was this chick’s first novel, and she had an extremely impressive autobiography on the back with a face that Kim Kardashian would be jealous of, book that I I picked this book up with no expectations. Author Sophie Flack danced with the New York City ballet for nine years before writing this book so she shares with us first-hand information on exactly what goes on behind closed doors and what goes into this kind of profession.

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Nov 02, Booo Huang rated it it was amazing. Now she is nineteen and desperate for all her hard-working dreams to pay off. The author danced with City Ballet for several years before being let go in a budget downsize. For the corps de ballet, dancing The Nutcracker becomes like a tag team as dancers get injured: There are no distinct voices in the dialogue — and nothing anyone says sounds like real conversation.

This gives an impossibly realistic into the not-so-glitz side of ballet.