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Waiting on Wednesday: Bunheads

June 29, 2011

Title: Bunheads
Author: Sophie Flack
Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 304
Release Date: October 10, 2011

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?—Goodreads


Okay, for those of you who weren’t aspiring ballerinas when you were younger and/or aren’t obsessed with ballet, let me explain. 

Sophie Flack used to dance with New York City Ballet. Back in 2009, the company started laying off dancers. She was let go, (sad.) and subsequently interviewed by the New York Times and Time Out New York (this article has really cool video with it!) about life after dance. And now she has written a BOOK.

Sophie Flack warming up at the barre. Photo (c) New York Times.

 *puts on old pointe shoes and a tutu. flounces about.* (You think I’m kidding. I am NOT.) 

Let’s be honest here. If someone is going to write a YA novel about life as an aspiring professional ballerina, it should be someone who lived that life, n’est-ce pas? 

I am PUMPED to read this one. *pirouettes excitedly*

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2011 2:44 PM

    VERY cool! I didn't realize that the author was a former ballerina herself (and such a good one, at that)! Nice pick.If you’d like, you can check out my WoW here.

  2. June 29, 2011 1:15 PM

    This book sounds super cute! The title made me smile lol. Nice WOW choice

  3. June 29, 2011 11:40 AM

    That sounds super cute! Great pick!Paranormal Wastelands' WoW

  4. June 29, 2011 10:26 AM

    I had no idea that Sophie used to dance with the New York City Ballet! That's so cool, and it makes me even more excited to given Bunheads a try!

  5. June 29, 2011 9:35 AM

    That is an awesome cover! The story sounds captivating, too.Hope you enjoy it!Here's MY WOW POST

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