Bunheads

Paperback | October 9, 2012

bySophie Flack

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In a crowd of beautiful ballet dancers, how can one girl stand out?

As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling performances, and complicated backstage relationships. But when she meets a spontaneous and irresistibly cute musician named Jacob, her universe begins to change.

Until now, Hannah has happily followed the company's unofficial mantra, "Don't think, just dance." But as Jacob opens her eyes to the world beyond the theater, Hannah must decide whether to compete against the other "bunheads" for a star soloist spot or to strike out on her own.

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In a crowd of beautiful ballet dancers, how can one girl stand out?As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling performances, and complicated backstage relationships. But when she meets a spontaneous and irresistibly cute musician named Jacob, her un...

Sophie Flack danced with the New York City Ballet from 2000 until 2009. She is currently studying English at Columbia University.Bunheadsis her first novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:October 9, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316126543

ISBN - 13:9780316126540

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful dance book! Deep into the world of professional ballet ... Thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for providing me with a copy of this book for review! I love dance. Of course, I can’t dance, but that’s beyond the point. Whenever I see a dance movie on TV or see a book that’s dance-related, I have to watch or read them. There’s just something so beautiful about dancers, something so graceful, that I feel like some of that grace might rub off onto me and my clumsy ways. This book, however, isn’t all grace. It starts off with the love of dance — ballet — in the spotlight for the main character, Hannah, who had been dancing all of her life and always wanted to be a ballerina. But while she loves dancing, the book takes us through a year of her being a corps dancer, showing us many of the struggles a professional dancer has to go through. I felt like part of me could related to this novel because I had always dreamed of being a big-time musician — but then I learned how much work it would take to actually make a living from it and shied away from the whole idea. It’s not that I was lacking ambition, but I always hated the idea of being away from my home base for so long, not being able to forge real friendships, and never seeing my family. So, I felt like I could empathize with Hannah wanting to see the world and wanting to learn and grow as a character. Bunheads was quite a wonderful novel. There were times when I was in awe of Hannah and her discipline to her career, but at other times I felt so sorry for her having to live in the bubble that career creates for its employees. The word “sacrifice” doesn’t even begin to cut it. I loved it when Hannah tried to have romantic relationships, but then her career would suck her back in again and the relationship would fall by the wayside. As usual, I felt myself pulled in by the romantic relationships. I felt kind of like the guys Hannah kept trying to date, only getting a little piece of her outside of the company — I felt frustrated, but I think that’s how I was supposed to feel. I did like her romantic choices, but was kind of saddened how one of them turned out. In the end, this was a novel I could see myself reading again. It ended with a lot of hope and I finished feeling quite thoughtful about the whole business of ballet. Getting an insiders look of how things happy behind the curtains was quite eye opening. I hope that Sophie Flack writes more books like this one. Seeing as she was a former ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet, I can see her having more inspiring stories to tell.
Date published: 2013-04-18

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"At turns riveting, hilarious and bittersweet, Bunheads provides a backstage pass into the world of elite New York City ballet dancers. I got swept up in their routines and habits, their triumphs and disappointments, and their deep friendships, which thrive even in the face of fierce competition. This is at once a romantic page-turner and a thoughtful exploration of just how much true artists are willing to give up for their art."- J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Maine and Commencement