Tuesday, 14 June 2016

How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
How It Feels to Fly
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A struggle with body dysmorphia forces one girl to decide if letting go of her insecurity also means turning her back on her dreams.

Sam has always known she’d be a professional dancer—but that was before her body betrayed her, developing unmanageable curves in all the wrong places. Lately, the girl staring back at Sam in the mirror is unrecognizable. Dieting doesn’t work, ignoring the whispers is pointless, and her overbearing mother just makes it worse.

Following a series of crippling anxiety attacks, Sam is sent to a treatment camp for teens struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. Forced to open up to complete strangers, Sam must get through the program if she wants to attend a crucial ballet intensive later in the summer. It seems hopeless until she starts confiding in a camp counselor who sparks a confidence she was sure she’d never feel again. But when she’s faced with disappointing setbacks, will Sam succumb to the insecurity that imprisons her?

This compelling story from Kathryn Holmes examines one girl’s efforts to overcome her worst enemy: herself.

How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How It Feels to Fly “So you think I can’t be a ballet dancer. It’s because of how I look, isn’t it?”

This was a YA story about a ballerina with weight issues.

Sam was obviously going through tough times in this story, and her panic attacks felt really real. I liked the way that she came across as vulnerable, and the way she ran off and hid when things got really bad, as that seemed like a fairly realistic reaction to the things she was going through.

The storyline in this was about Sam going to a camp where she was supposed to learn coping strategies, and also about her problems with her body, and how low she felt because she had gained weight and didn’t have a ballerina’s physique any more. Sam also had issues with her mother pushing her too much, and her boyfriend dumping her.
There was a little bit of romance in this, but it was a bit one sided.

The ending to this was pretty good, and I was pleased with the way things worked out for Sam, even if they didn’t work out in quite the way she expected them to.

7.5 out of 10

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