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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Puberty is a death toll.

The Plot To keep it simple, Hannah has everything going for her, she’s a dance in the fabulous Manhattan Nook, a senior corps dancer, with friends, free pointe shoes, and serious social creds. Don’t ruin my delusion.

I wasn’t engaged in her struggle. Want to Read saving….

Bunheads by Sophie Flack – book review

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Dec 02, Emily May rated it really liked it Shelves: It would have had fewer unintended implications if Hannah had any idea what she wanted to do with her life, so it read more as a career change than a career drop. The only way I could visualise the performances was by picturing the dancers in Center Stage and Black Swan. What caught me about him, was her never ending of giving up.

As a former ballet dancer, there is something incredibly magical about novels that manage to capture it perfectly – Bunheads is one of those stories. The characters are one-dimensional.

Bunheadshowever, is truly badly written. Nook tools Log in. The sacrifices and costs of being a principal are not to be taken lightly; by the time a ballerina’s all-too-brief career is over, there is not much left of her physical or emotional being. Think Black Swan minus craziness, blood and sex.


And yet, I was left unsatisfied, frustrated, and my self esteem was at an all time low for the day. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Posted by About me at Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Ms Flack began dancing at the age of seven, and when she was fourteen bunhrads awarded a full scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Highly recommended if you have a teen dancer bunhexds dreams of joining a company. She is not your typical nineteen-year-old, thanks to ballet.

This book makes me think that they do, which is a minor detail that I liked- it made the book seem very realistic. Oct 07, Mary rated it liked it Shelves: The main character, Hannah, develops and has the same epiphany throughout the entire book but it takes her pages to make the choice she’s obviously been making all along.

May 23, thepessimisticreader rated it really liked it Shelves: Hannah knew she wanted to be a ballet dancer when she was ten. But I feel like those films are about the exception, and Flack is writing the rule.

LibrisNotes: Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Ah, it shows how far ballet dancers would go to get the parts they want; from extreme dieting, an addiction to constant rigorous practice, denial of personal interactions and social lives, and an over importance placed on physical beauty and form.


Refresh and try again. It is not a very plot-driven story, it is contemplative, and the characterization could have been deeper. While it’s true that it’s not the most dramatic of reads, it does involve a young bunheadd choosing between the career she’s spent her life pursuing and her first chance at love, and does a remarkably good job of keeping you guessing as to which decision she’ll make until the very end.

Bunheads on the other side, is honest and raw for a change.


My appreciation for Sophie Flack goes back more than 10 years, when I desperately envied her and the life I imagined she had.

Bunheads is her first novel. I never felt any connection to Hanna or any of the other characters. I loved the New York details woven into this story. We rehearse in old leotards, threadbare tights, and torn leg warmers. She danced with the New York City Ballet from until But when Otto Klein casts them both as understudies in his new dance, they know that the tides are turning for one of them.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I have mixed feelings about this book. I am not the least talented nor am I nearly the most talented. Oct 20, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: I want to be her, Nicola.