Ever since finishing the Hunger Games trilogy, I’ve been hunting for a new book to stick my nose in. After skimming my shelves, I realize my options were pretty limited; Grimm’s Fairytales, British Social Realism, and The Color Purple were among the list of “unread”. Also in that list was Bunheads, a novel written by ex-New York City Ballet dancer, Sophie Flack.
This book was an impulse buy- yes, sometimes I troll around the book section of Target hoping to be inspired by some great literary work calling out to me from the shelf- mostly justified by its pretty, tutu-laden cover. So, in my book-deprived frenzy, I snatched up the pretty cover (and all the pages inside), still holding on to my skepticism concerning any type of fictional novel about ballet. Then I started reading…and reading…aaaand reading…and then I finished it. In 2 days. I even used my phone to take down some quotes I found inspiring…
What I realized while reading this book (a sort of half-memoir, half-fictional drama chronicling a young dancer’s assent into the ranks of one of the world’s top ballet companies), was how incredibly gratifying it is to read a work about ballet in the words of someone who truly understands it. And not only does Ms. Flack understand the world of ballet, she lived and breathed it. So much so, that its all-consuming ways forced her main character to second-guess everything she’s ever worked for. Her dream. A promotion to soloist.
Yes, this book has a very cheesy title, and yes, I can admit to being a big bunhead dork for giving it a chance, but I can also say I’m very glad I did. Because I think it’s safe to say a fire has been lit. So WHAT are you waiting for? Go read it.
I thought the only thing that made this book work was Flack’s understanding of ballet. There was no real conflict in the story…but I did enjoy a few days in balletland.
can i borrow???