Bunheads by Sophie Flack

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On-stage beauty. Backstage drama.
As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet Company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling performances and complicated backstage relationships. Up until now, Hannah has happily devoted her entire life to ballet.
But when she meets a handsome musician named Jacob, Hannah's universe begins to change, and she must decide if she wants to compete against the other "bunheads" in the company for a star soloist spot or strike out on her own in the real world. Does she dare give up the gilded confines of the ballet for the freedoms of everyday life?

About Sophie Flack

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Sophie Flack danced with the New York City Ballet from 2000 until 2009. She is currently studying English at Columbia University. Bunheads is her first novel.
Published October 10, 2011 by Poppy. 301 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Now 19 and a corps member of the Manhattan Ballet (read: New York City Ballet), she is determined to be promoted to soloist.

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Exhilaration and drudgery, passion and exhaustion, exist side by side for dancers in the exalted Manhattan Ballet, a world unto itself, which Flack (a former New York City Ballet dancer) brings vividly to life in this strong debut.

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I wanted to write something that was more true to life, and I really wanted to write about the corps de ballet because there’s very little attention paid to the underdog of the company, in which I spent my entire career, as did most of my friends.

Oct 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Bunheads

The Bookbag

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 and love.

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Huffington Post

It's no wonder that young adult readers are fascinated by the world of competitive ballet.

Nov 04 2011 | Read Full Review of Bunheads

The Overflowing Library

From reading the blurb you could get the idea that it was a real sweep-her-off-her-feet love story whereas actually she meet the boy ignores him pretty much most of the time then dates someone else (mainly it seems because he has money) before deciding that she is giving up too much to be a balle...

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WAPL Teens

Moving to New York on her own to attend the Manhattan Ballet Academy when she was 14, Hannah is now a senior corps member with the Manhattan Ballet who dreams of becoming a soloist - along with every other girl in the company.

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I don’t know what it’s going to be, but it’s like, “Everybody learn The Nutcracker because we’re going to fuck this up somehow.”.

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4 Dancers.org

There is almost nothing I enjoy more than pointing out that the qualities that make a great ballet dancer can be harnessed for other things—and this book is a perfect example.

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