Friday, 8 November 2013

Pirouette by Robyn Bavati

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux and Netgalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Adopted as babies by two different families, Simone and Hannah have never known they are identical twins. Simone has been raised as a dancer, but she hates performing. Hannah loves nothing more than dance, but her parents see it as just a hobby. When the two girls meet for the first time at the age of fifteen, they decide to swap places to change the role dance plays in their lives. Yet fooling their friends and family is more challenging than either girl expected, and they’re both burdened by the weight of their lies.

How long can Hannah and Simone keep pretending? What will happen when the truth is revealed?

Pirouette by Robyn Bavati

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pirouette(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux and Netgalley.)
Identical twins Hannah and Simone were split up when they were adopted by different families from a Brazilian orphanage, but thanks to a nurse at the orphanage both ended up in Melbourne Australia.

Now 15-years-old, both girls have a gift for dance, but while Simone attends an exclusive dance academy, Hannah has only been allowed to dance part-time as a hobby.

When they meet at a dance summer camp, they can’t quite believe what they immediately know is true – that they are identical twins.

Simone wants something more from her life though, whilst for Hannah it is all about the dance, and so they decide to switch lives. After dance camp Hannah goes home to Simone’s mother and goes to Simone’s dance school, while Simone goes home to Hannah’s family, and goes to her regular high school.
How long can the girls keep up the pretence though? When will they get found out? And can Hannah ever be as good of a dancer as Simone?

This was an okay story of identical twins who were split up, but found their way back to each other through dance.

Simone and Hannah were quite different characters. Simone was more reserved, and had ambitions other than dance, whilst Hannah loved the spotlight and wanted a career in dance.
I was surprised that when they swapped lives people didn’t realise that something was going on, as I can’t imagine pretending to be someone else is very easy.
I felt quite sorry for Simone whose mother pushed her a lot, and I also felt sorry for Hannah, who felt that she didn’t have the opportunity to do what she really wanted to do. Switching lives seemed like quite a drastic option though!

The storyline in this book was okay, and I liked how the two girls found each other, although it was very reminiscent of the film ‘The Parent Trap’. The author did comment on this in the book though which was good! I wasn’t sure that the girls could really get away with switching lives, and they did run into some problems, but things did seem to be relatively easy for them, which I wasn’t sure was really very realistic.
I thought the ending was okay, although again, I was surprised that there weren’t more fireworks, I honestly believe that my mother would never forgive me if I tried to pull something like that, but Simone and Hannah seemed to get away quite lightly really. I was pleased that there was a happy ending though!
Overall; an okay story about twins discovering each other through dance.
6.5 out of 10.


  1. First thought is, "The Prince and The Pauper." There too were troubles. :-)

  2. I love twin stories, but sounds like this was not your favorite…
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics