Genre: Comedy, Humour
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?
Bunheads was a tale of what one ballet dancer named Hannah Ward, and her life throughout ballet. Bunheads showed the struggles and intense things that Hannah had to do to build her career. It definitely peaked my interest, because it was an unheard storyline.
The beginning of the novel grasped me, and I was amazed by Hannah's work ethic, and how much she wanted a promotion to be a soloist. She didn't just have a, "I want to be good at this," dream. She wanted to make a name for herself, and do the thing she loves. Or is it the thing she loved?
I liked Hannah, but then I started to have a love/hate situation with her. She was two-faced with the other dancers, and I didn't really like her at times. Hannah had a constant struggle with Zoe as to who would get a better spot, and Zoe, to me, was a two-faced character. Hannah's relationship with Jacob was very sweet, and he understood her. I felt she grew up a little throughout the novel, and she felt more three-dimensional.
I felt that her relationship with Jacob was very real. Jacob was a very sweet and understanding guy. Matt was another guy that was a little arrogant, and liked Hannah. She dealt with the situation in a mature way.
The plot was her life throughout the year of ballet, and how she starts to question her life. It wasn't a book with a conflict and solution, but I didn't mind. Hannah wanted this promotion; to be more than just a "corps girl." Her story was very accurate, though a little slow, and this is from the author's experiences, which I loved. It made the story come alive in a way.
The ending for me was a nice ending. I think it wrapped up everything, and Hannah finally realized her true priorities. I think she made the right decision. :)
Likes: Hannah, Bea, Matilda, Henry, choices, a year through ballet, affects of ballet on her life, Jacob, the relationship between her and Jacob
Dislikes: Zoe, Matt, Hannah's two-faced side sometimes, slowness of the book
*Note: This book has mature content such as sexual content and language.