Publication Date: April 10, 2014
Keywords: dance, eating disorder, drugs
Format Read: ARC from author/publisher in exchange for honest review (thank you!)
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I'm not sure what I thought this book was going to be, but after having read it, I can safely say it was not what I expected at all. In one of the best ways possible. For those of you who don't know, I refrain from reading descriptions or the backs of books because I liked to be genuinely surprised, so I think going into this book, I just thought it was going to be a dance book with some heavy competition. It was full of so much more.
The whole plot line with her best friend going missing and then coming back was a shocker. I was not expecting that, and it threw me for a loop. The book had a much more serious tone than I thought, and it really discussed the blurred definition of rape and the victims of it. And it was interesting and heartbreaking to read the story from the point of view that we see, and Colbert does an excellent job of bringing these issues to light.
I also loved the character development, not only Theo's, but some sideline characters as well. They had depth and feeling, and they weren't just flat characters there for the sake of adding other people into the story. Theo evolved over the course of the novel, and I loved watching her perceptions and thoughts change as she learned more about herself, her past, and Donovan's experience.
Read When: You're in the mood for something darker, something that makes you think and wonder and feel. It's a good one.
"Ballet is such a universal, recognizable art form, that people always think they know more about it than they do."