Brilliantly dramatic and twisted. A tale of frenemies and everything in between. If you love to read books with lots of pressure on characters to succeed (including all the terrible things they'll do to reach their goals), this book is for you.
At the most elite ballet academy in the world, everyone knows they’re jostling for the top one or two roles, the ones that will secure them a career. Bette has been dancing at this academy since she was three, and everything about her is a legacy: her sister’s lead soloist role, her mother’s generous donations, and even her boyfriend, whose father is head of the academy. June’s half-Korean heritage and her struggle for the ultrathin ballet body type endanger her very ability to continue dancing, even as she’s using them to pull herself upwards. And most dangerously, Gigi’s status as a Black-girl transplant from California and her exquisite dancing are marking her out as a target for the other girls as relationships and roles slip away from them all.
This book is effortlessly diverse, with characters whom everyone can see themselves in. While I was drawn towards Gigi and June, I could even root for Bette at times. This sense of allegiance means you’re never sure who will come out “on top,” or how the authors could possible finagle a happy ending for every character you love.
There are definitely a lot of loose ends. They're all answered in the sequel, but since the book may seem like a stand-alone it can be off-putting.
Would be 5 stars... But it leaves SO MANY questions unanswered. Not just like little ones but a very important one. I guess you're supposed to "use your imagination" but really I just want to know what happened (I'm sure we all do.) Four stars instead for the uncompleted conclusion.
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