Bunheads - Sophie Flack
By ten pages in, I was impressed. Bunheads (which I still can't say aloud without giggling), is a charming story and it held my attention from the beginning of the book right until the satisfying conclusion. It was a little predictable at times, but in a good way. Hannah, the narrator of the story, struggles with her desire to excel at ballet and succeed in the company, while also wondering if the world of ballet is enough for her and if she's willing to give up everything else that the world has to offer in exchange for her dream. Hannah's charming and likeable and I found myself cheering her on as I flipped eagerly through the pages.
I read a review on GoodReads that said that Bunheads was like Black Swan, without the darkness. I would agree with that statement to a point, but also say that Bunheads is really quite different. At their cores, both stories are about the challenges associated with being a part of the world of ballet, but Bunheads is light-hearted and fun when it needs to be, as well as thoughtful and reflective when the storyline requires a moment of seriousness. And Sophie Flack does know how to write, and writes very well. I'm looking forward to seeing what she does next!