by Dhonielle Clayton, Sona Charaipotra
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult
Publication Date: May 26, 2015 by HarperTeen
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.
Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever.
When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.
Intense…that’s what the characters in this book are. They are intense. They will anything and everything to reach the top even if it means causing some incidents to put others down.
Gigi is the new black girl at ABC and surprisingly, she lands a soloist role in a ballet, a solo that should have been Bette’s, who has been in the ballet company for a while. This doesn’t sit well with Bette and she goes to great lengths to get Gigi to break down and leave. June is the quiet half Korean, half American girl with a dark secret that no one knows about. And you know what they always say: “Watch out for the quiet ones.”
I love the story that these two fantastic authors wrote. I keep saying the story is intense, because it is. The girls strive for perfection, strive to be on top and if they have to make threats and act on them, they will no matter what. The only girl that I really loved in this story is Gigi. Her personality is beautiful. She is sweet, kind, caring, even in this world that is so filled with ugliness. Bette, while she is mean, I liked her because she really goes after what she wants, or at least tries her hardest to do so, which many of us do. June is a very conflicted character and probably the most flawed of them all. She feels alone in this ballet world, with no one to trust. There is only one person she knows she can trust and she is the person that June wants to bring down.
The supporting characters are ones that made the story even more interesting. My favorites have to be Will and Henri. Will is a guy who is gay and loves his straight best friend. He wants was best for others and he really cares for everyone. Henri is the French guy that wants revenge over what was done to his girlfriend but he is very careful with how he plans his revenge.
As you can see, this is a story that deals with a lot of betrayals, from people most closest to you. If these kids don’t watch their backs, they could get kicked out or even worse, at a hospital. This tale is dark and so not how I was expecting it to be. I loved how it’s pace was fast and kept me wanting to read until the very end to figure out what was happening. In the end, I was left conflicted, not knowing if this will be continued or not. If it is, I’m buying it in a heartbeat. Don’t get wrong. The story could very well end where it did but I would love to dive into this world and these characters again.
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