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Blurb (from Goodreads):
June, Bette, and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan’s most elite ballet school. Now they are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company. With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose…and no one is playing nice.
June is starting to finally see herself as a prima ballerina. However, getting what she wants might cost her everything—including the only boy she’s ever loved. Legacy dancer Bette is determined to clear her name after she was suspended and accused of hurting her rival, Gigi. Even if she returns, though, will she ever regain the spotlight she craves? And Gigi is not going to let Bette—or the other dancers who bullied her—go unpunished. But as revenge consumes her, Gigi may be the one who pays the price.
After years of grueling auditions, torn ribbons, and broken hearts, it all comes down to this last dance. Who will make the cut? And who will lose her dream forever?
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
“This is my year. This is my turn. I’ll be the lead soloist. I’ll be chosen for the company. I’ll do whatever it takes.”
This was a YA contemporary story about a group of dancers studying at the American Ballet Company.
I felt quite sorry for Bette in this story, it wasn’t her fault what happened to Gigi, and it was unfair the way she was made to take the blame, especially when it could have cost her her career.
“If you’re innocent, prove it.”
Gigi had thankfully recovered from her accident, and was back at school. I could understand why she was nervous of the girls who had miss-treated her though.
“I will be picked to dance Odette or Odile in Swan Lake.”
June was still struggling with her eating disorder, and struggling to see how her weight and physique affected her ability to perform.
“To be a ballerina one must be strong. All muscle. And you cannot do that without eating.”
The storyline in this was about the girls being back at school, and competing for a place at the American Ballet Company the following year, as professional ballerinas. We got some revenge going on from Gigi, and the culprits behind the pranks in book 1 were revealed. I did find the pace in this quite slow though, and it wasn’t quite as good as the first book for me.
“I guess she was getting back at me for the glass in her slipper.”
The ending to this was good, although I have to wonder if we’ll get another book about these same girls.
7 out of 10