Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on January 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult
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A refreshingly original contemporary YA, unlike anything readers have seen before. Perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson, John Corey Whaley, and Libba Bray.
She had a plan. It went south.
Harper is a dancer. She and her best friend, Kate, have one goal: becoming professional ballerinas. And Harper won’t let anything—or anyone—get in the way of The Plan, not even the boy she and Kate are both drawn to.
Harper is a Scott. She’s related to Robert Falcon Scott, the explorer who died racing to the South Pole. So when Harper’s life takes an unexpected turn, she finagles (read: lies) her way to the icy dark of McMurdo Station . . . in Antarctica. Extreme, but somehow fitting—apparently she has always been in the dark, dancing on ice this whole time. And no one warned her. Not her family, not her best friend, not even the boy who has somehow found a way into her heart.
i’m happy to be a part of UP TO THIS POINTE’s blog tour! thank you, random house, for providing me an eARC to read as well.
i adore ballet books – or even books that aren’t focused on ballet but have it briefly mentioned. books and ballet are two of my favorite things in life, so having them merge together as one is happiness. i love the paragraphs describing dance because to me, it’s something that one can’t reaaaaaally describe with words; you need to watch it – experience it – to fully comprehend. but somehow, these authors manage to capture the feeling and depiction of dancing, and every time i read it i smile and have the urge to turn on some tchaikovsky and do some pirouettes.
after some thinking, i decided to
try to write about ballet and explain it. (i mean, jennifer longo did it – wonderfully, might i add – so i suppose i could try talking about ballet as well) 80% of ballet is done in class, but most people don’t understand why i need to go to class every day when i already know all the steps. ballet class is different from regular class; not only are you learning new steps and combinations, you’re perfecting them. so here’s me, walking you through what a typical ballet class would consist of. like the art form itself, ballet classes are very structured.