Stasia Ward Kehoe
[October 13, 2011]
What is it about verse books that makes them so...raw?
This book wasn't just reading and learning about being a ballerina. For a few hours, I WAS Sara. I didn't realize how effected I was until I realized that every time I stopped reading, I looked in a mirror (we have them EVERYWHERE) and examined my flaws and nitpicked. I felt her pain and I felt her confusion and I was sad and worried for her.
Sara was such a flawed character, but she's what you'd expect. I'm not a dancer (it was my least favorite part of being in musicals, honestly), but I've read books about dancers a few times, I've read stories that float around the internet. And it all made sense how she was and how the other girls were. In the past, I never fully understood it, but I do understand it a lot more now. I really loved Sara and the other ballerinas. The other girls that weren't ballerinas I wasn't crazy about, but I think that was the point.
Remington...Remington, Remington, Remington. I'm totally torn on this boy. There was so much going on with him and Sara and people and dancing and I loved the idea of them, but the idea and the reality were so...different.
I think my favorite thing about this novel, besides how totally absorbed I was, was the fact that it was realistic. Not just the situation, either. Sara didn't have just one problem and she didn't have a love triangle as her second problem. There were a lot of problems. A lot of pressures. As a ballerina, as a daughter, as a girlfriend, as a teenager. It was different, refreshing. I feel like I mention books being super realistic and refreshing a lot, but this time I truly mean it. This was like nothing I've read before just because of that aspect.
Overall this was a phenomenal book. Just, truly fantastic. From the cover to the design to the words to the story. Addicting and interesting and realistic and beautiful and raw and I could go on and on. But you need to go get a copy, so you do that and I'll stop typing.