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US Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy

Publishing Date: October 10, 2011

$17.99 (294p), ISBN-13: 9780316126533


Available in other languages and countries.

INTERVIEWS

9/19/2011

DANCE BLOGGERS: 10 Questions

The ballet world has been reluctant to draw back the velvet curtains for fear that the art form would loose it’s magic ... allowing the audience a peek will only increase interest.

9/28/2011

THE CONTEMPS

While dancing professionally, it was important for me to remain as well rounded as possible— I not only wanted to excel in the company, I also wanted to grow as a person.

10/1/2011

O MAGAZINE: How to Make a Perfect Bun

10/1/2011

TEEN VOGUE Contributor: Up Close and Personal

The career is immensely rewarding, but you must love to work hard and push your body to its limits

10/2/2011

Q & A: Tendus Under a Palm Tree

Writing proved to be an emotional catharsis as I gradually came to grips with the conclusion of my career.

10/4/2011

EVE'S FAN GARDEN

It was incredibly empowering to see what I was capable of when I tried to do something seemingly impossible. And that is what dancers, and all artists, have to do every single day.

10/10/2011

VITAL JUICE

Professional dance is like training for the Olympics every day of our lives knowing full well that the actual day of competition will never arrive.

10/14/2011

PAGE TURNERS Guest Blog

While a ballet may look effortless, dancers make a million choices each moment they are on stage …

11/10/2011

BOSTON GLOBE: A Novel Life - Photos

12/2/2011

CHICK LOVES LIT: Fun Five

When I received my advance for Bunheads I bought this amazing pair of leopard platform boodies from Miu Miu.

12/8/2011

BACK STAGE Advice: What it's Really Like to Dance in a Corps de Ballet

Yes, there are glamorous aspects to our work, but we're tough, both emotionally and physically, and that's what people should really know.

PRESS

4/23/2011

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Preview 

If you need someone with insider details, it doesn’t get better than this.

9/1/2011

Starred KIRKUS Review

Remarkable Merit: … brilliantly captures the arc from soaring ballerina to exhausted dancer collapsing in a pool of sweat and the crushing disappointment of not becoming a soloist, forever doomed to dance corps roles.

9/5/2011

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Review

Readers, both dancers and “pedestrians” (the corps’ term for nondancers), will find Hannah’s struggle a gripping read.

10/3/2011

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Ballet's Gritty Inside Story

Depicts a world where the characters' most intimate friends are also their greatest obstacles to success.

10/21/2011

KIRKUS REVIEWS: Behind the Scenes with Sophie Flack

I really wanted to write about the corps de ballet because there’s very little attention paid to the underdog of the company

11/10/2011

BOSTON GLOBE: A Novel Life: A Former Dancer's New Career Takes Shape

‘Real writers are the ones who are writing all of the time. She’s been writing in those journals for years.’ — Elizabeth Bewley, Sophie Flack’s editor at Poppy

11/28/2011

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: 5 Great Books About Friendship for Tween Readers

Expertly chronicled by a former dancer … a story that in the hands of a lesser writer could have seemed a tad too light.

12/13/2011

CHICAGO TRIBUNE Travel: Dancer/writer craves energy of Rome

In Italy there's such amazing food and art everywhere.

5/13/12

THE MANHATTAN MERCURY: Dance is Life, A woman, over time, learns to balance living life with dancing

Just as dance is sensual, with a language all its own, Flack also is sensual as both a dancer and writer … Bunheads is compassionate, entertaining and beautifully written.

REVIEWS

5/27/2011

TONYA PLANK: Bunheads at BEA 

It goes without saying that NYCB fans are going to LOVE it! But I think it has a far larger audience as well.

6/2/2011

BALLET SCOOP Review 

5 Stars: Ms. Flack was open to the press about having tough time departing from NYCB ... I could not be happier to see that she ... is fostering her creativity in new ways!

7/23/2011

WILLA'S RAMBLINGS Review

This book is a perfect pick for anyone who needs something to rededicate them or learn a thing or two about a different world. A fantastic read.

9/23/2011

BOOKPAGE Review

Unforgettable journey of self-discovery.

9/26/2011

YA BOOK NERD Review

I love the passion for the dance and the questions it raises about one's future.

9/29/2011

GOODREADS: Julies's Review

5 Stars:  I could not be happier to see that [Ms Flack] ... is fostering her creativity in new ways!

9/30/2011

BOOKS YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE Review

I loved this book … a peek into the life of a dancer in a serious ballet company.

10/1/2011

THE LADIES CRITIC LIBRARY Review 

Amazing insight into the whole culture and world of the dancers right down to the conflicting emotions that can be felt over weight or talent or promotions.

10/7/2011

MADIGAN READS Review

Romantic, funny and totally absorbing, I loved this look into the life of a dancer who struggles with "work/life balance," on a grand scale. I highly recommend this book.

10/9/2011

GOODREADS: Kelly Hager's Review

5 Stars ... it's also incredibly fun. You'll learn a lot about ballet and Jacob is completely crush-worthy. Highly recommended. :)

10/9/2011

GOODREADS: Sasha's Review

5 Stars: And I think most of all, what I loved about this book was the message ... You've got to enjoy life! This was a spectacular debut novel ... I can guarantee you'll enjoy this.

10/9/2011

READING EVERYWHERE Review

Anyone who has ever been involved in the performing arts will relate to this book.

10/10/2011

SASH & EM Review

5 Stars: And I think most of all, what I loved about this book was the message ... You've got to enjoy life! This was a spectacular debut novel ... I can guarantee you'll enjoy this.

10/14/2011

SEVENTEEN Review: Fun Fall Read!

You'll love it if... you enjoyed The Black Swan, but want a more realistic view into the life of a young ballerina ... is perfect for a lazy weekend in front of the fire.

10/15/2011

BOOKS WITH BITE: Savannah's Review

5 Stars: a perfect book for those who want a whole other experience. A dance life is something different and a great experience.

10/15/2011

GOODREADS: Linda's Review

5 Stars: this book really kept me on my toes ...  I'll definitely be rereading this one.

10/15/2011

GOODREADS: Michaela's Review

5 Stars: I love how it accurately portrays a dancer's life- the geography of New York … the descriptions of performances, gives me a first row seat to the world of ballet!

10/15/2011

SURREALISTIC FICTION Review

5 Stars: this book really kept me on my toes ...  I'll definitely be rereading this one.

10/16/2011

GOODREADS: Mary's Review

And cheers to you … for speaking up and finding ways to grow when you felt boxed in.

10/17/2011

BLOODYBOOKAHOLIC Review

An extraordinary ride through the real world of ballet.

10/21/2011

A MUSINGS Reviews

What Flack has so beautifully articulated is the not only the backstage brutality of dance, but also the magic of dance.

10/22/2011

KISS THE BOOK Review

An excellent job portraying the life of a Ballerina … the descriptions of the life of a ballerina sucked me in and kept me there.

10/25/2011

GOODREADS: Colleen Clayton's Review

5 Stars: The story is very poignant yet very funny at times and the supporting characters are well-developed ... I highly recommend this book

10/26/2011

4 DANCERS Review

A skilled writer and it’s easy to disappear into the pages of this book because she has built a solid story that rings of truth and passion.

10/29/2011

READSPACE Review

... realistic portrayal of the world of professional ballet, all the glitz and the glam and the dirt.

10/30/2011

Frandomness101: Bunheads Book Review

I absolutely adored this book! A really great debut novel.

10/31/2011

FICTIOUS MUSINGS Review

I was shocked at how much I fell in love with this book.

11/2/2011

LIVE TO READ Review

… the dancers' emotions came across as genuine.

11/2/2011

WHAT I READ AND WHAT I THOUGHT: Compare the Covers

Compare the US cover (a kaleidoscope of dancers) … feeling that they are indeed, dancing and in perfect unison -and the UK cover (a single dancer) … [recalling] Black Swan. 

11/4/2011

THE HUFFINGTON POST Review

[A] great pick for today's young readers as they are set in contemporary times, complete with text messaging dramas and traumas.

11/5/2011

GOODREADS: Ashley's Review

5 Stars: this was a lovely book, made even better because it's drawn from ... real-life experiences.

11/5/2011

MOCHA LATTE READS Review

... an impeccably inspiring tale about a girl finding her way and her true happiness.

11/6/2011

A BOOK GEEK Review

... explores many of the issues that are prevalent in the dance world -- weight, eating issues, physical injury, dealing with egotistical directors/instructors and weighing the pros and cons of choosing to give so much of yourself into dance and dance alone.

11/7/2011

WASTEPAPER PROSE Review

Flack’s words practically draw a picture for you in your mind.  It’s gorgeous.

11/17/2011

MERMAID VISION BOOKS Review

Rating - Excellent: it belongs in my top 10 list for this year.

11/18/2011

CHICK LOVES LIT Review

I have happily added Bunheads to my list of recommended performing arts books, and would especially recommend it to those interested in dance and ballet.

11/25/11

ARTHUR EXPOSURE Review

… a beautifully written, fast-paced read that pulls you into the world of dance, making every aspect of the story feel real.

11/27/2011

GOODREADS: Melanie Goodman's Review

Bunheads offers an enjoyable read that seems realistic without being either overly grotesque or glorifying.

11/27/2011

Notsotinydancer13: A Dance Student Review

I love this book … that's a character I can really relate to!

11/28/2011

GOODREADS: Clarebear's Review

5 Stars: I recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of becoming a professional dancer ... a great story!

12/1/2011

GRIER COOPER: Bunheads Discussed by Another Ballerina

… I’ve had parents ask how to help their daughters start ballet careers and I’ve advised them to really educate themselves about the realities before making that decision. Bunheads might be the perfect required reading.

12/1/2011

KIRKUS: Bunheads is one of the Best Teen Books of 2011!

One of the Best Teen Books of 2011

12/3/2011

INFORMA DANCE: Homage to the Corps de Ballet

Drama, ballet, and love … Bunheads promises to deliver all three ... an homage to the hard-working individuals of the corps de ballet.

12/3/2011

MY WORDS ATE ME Review

5 Stars … depicts with raw honesty the true lives of those who sacrifice their lives for what makes them happiest - dancing.

12/3/2011

REFLECTIONS in VERSE and PROSE Review

Her story isn’t just a story about ballet, it’s about discovering what makes you happy, about making difficult choices, about finding yourself.

12/6/2011

TINA SAYS … Review

A coming-of-age novel, including themes of friendship, perseverance, achieving your dreams are all present. I loved Bunheads.

12/9/2011

GOODREADS: Sue's Review

5 Stars: I recommend this book to anyone interested in the trade-offs of following one's passion, the life of a performer, the magic of performance, or just a really good read. Bravo for this debut novel!

12/9/2011

LIBRIS NOTES Review

A nice change from the usual young adult fare and will appeal to those teens who are involved in the arts world … touches on issues prevalent in the ballet world; dieting and anorexia, injuries and the social world of ballet.

12/11/2011

OBERON'S GROVE: Ballet Books for Christmas

The Acknowledgments page ... concludes with this statement: "And I would like to acknowledge the die-hard balletomanes up in the 5th Ring. I danced for you guys every night."  Those sentences mean a lot to me personally. 

12/15/2011

BIBLIOPHILE SUPPORT GROUP: Review

This debut novel is goosebump inspiring and empowering!

12/16/2011

RECOMMENDED READING: MR. HUMPHREY'S CLASS - Bunheads

This book really gave an insight of the professional ballet world … I really loved this book.

12/18/2011

BOOKALICIOUS RAMBLINGS Review

5 Stars: I absolutely adored this book and I strongly recommend it to anyone who's even remotely fascinated by ballet or curious about what goes behind the scenes!

12/19/2011

TWO WRITING TEACHERS: YA books I’ve read that are sticking with me

I felt like I was part of the ballet culture, like I was sitting in the dressing room or standing backstage watching the dancers perform.

12/20/2011

JUST A LIL' LOST: Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

I love ballet!

12/23/2011

BOOKLIST ONLINE Review

Flack’s accomplished writing took me back-stage into the aching muscles, ruined feet and intensely dedicated life of a dancer.

12/23/2011

BOOKS YA LOVE Review

Personal dreams and performance realities dance their erratic and realistic duet in this well-crafted debut novel

12/26/2011

GOODREADS: Shadow's Review

5 Stars: a great story and must read for any aspiring dancer.

12/26/2011

MADIGAN READS: My 2011 YA Favorites

It's not your typical anorexic ballerina book. Loved it.

12/26/2011

MICHELLE & LESLIE'S BOOK PICKS Review

… a really great book that was an inside look into the fascinating world of the ballet.

12/26/2011

TATAL ONLINE: Teens at the Arlington, VA Library - Best of 2011

… it's got a great plot and characters that you care about.

12/27/2011

A WORD'S WORTH Review

… the details and voices in Bunheads creates a world I can see and accept. A beautiful book that ended both too soon, and at just the right moment.

12/27/2011

BEYOND THE MIDDLE Review

a journey into the head and heart of a dedicated ballet dancer discovering who she is and who she wants to be.  And I enjoyed every moment of that journey.

12/27/2011

GOODREADS: Shelly Foltz's Review

5 Stars: a great story and must read for any aspiring dancer.

12/27/2011

THE IRISH BANANA Review

I found myself just as captivated by Bunheads as surely as if I were watching a live ballet. This book is graceful, fast, and intoxicating to watch unfold.

12/29/2011

BLOODYBOOKAHOLIC: Top Ten Books in 2011 - Bunheads

Bunheads was very unexpected. I usually don't go for books that have no supernatural or dystopian qualities, but this one surprised me. It's really enjoyable!

12/30/2011

OBERON'S GROVE Review

… such is life in the corps de ballet: your best friends are also your biggest competitors - both for roles and for the elusive promotion to a soloist position.

12/31/2011

MY WORDS ATE ME - Best of 2011

… really stands out by showing the gritty side of it. It was honest, perceptive, and an absolute pleasure to read.

12/31/2011

LIBRIS NOTES: One of Best 12 in 2011

Among the 12 Best YA Fiction books for 2011

1/1/2012

LIT BITS Review

5 Stars: Filled with the right amount of friendship, dedication, work, and love, Bunheads is a light read with a deeper meaning.

1/1/2012

GOODREADS: Liza Wiemer's Review

I now have a deep appreciation for the immense sacrifice and dedication that dancers give for their sport.

1/2/2012

THE CYBILS 2011: Finalist YA Fiction

One of 10 Best YA Fiction books for 2011 … wholly captivating book with a compelling female lead and an honest portrait of her struggle to succeed.

1/3/2012

BOOKSHELVES OF DOOM Review

The nitty-gritty details—about practice, competition, lifestyle, what goes on in the wings, and on stage—are fascinating. Bunheads is so real that it's easy to forget that it's fiction.

1/4/2012

NATIONAL CATHEDRAL SCHOOL LIBRARY Review

… portrays with equal clarity both the wonder and beauty passionate dancers feel about their chosen art and career and the almost superhuman emotional, physical, and mental pressures dancers work under within a professional company.

1/9/2012

SLATEBREAKERS Review

Hannah really grows up throughout the course of the book, and she does so in a way that is plausible and empowering.

1/10/12

GOODREADS: Gabrielle's Review

5 Stars: I don't give out many five star ratings to new books but this book was terrific ... Hannah is a great character, her struggles are realistic and the budding relationship is cute.

1/10/12

GOODREADS: Stephania's Review

5 Stars: I loved this book! ... It was a great book that I would recommend to anyone …

1/11/12

GOODREADS: Carrie's Review

5 Stars: I really liked reading about the dedication that it takes to be a dancer … This is a very well-written first novel - I can't read to see what Flack writes are her follow-up.

1/12/12

THE BOOK GEEK Review (UK)

A rather quiet, understated story about real life in the ballet world ... I will be on the look out for her future works.

1/15/12

BIBLIO JUNKIES Review

5 Stars: it’s beautiful to read about the euphoria ... on stage. Even all the physical pain ... can’t take away the love of performing.

1/18/12

FRESH FROM THE STACKS Review

… portray[s] with equal clarity both the wonder and beauty passionate dancers feel about their choosen art and career and the almost superhuman emotional, physical, and mental pressures dancers work under within a professional company. 

1/22/12

DIZEEE'S WONDERFUL WORLD OF BOOKS Review

I seriously loved this book … I felt like I was a part of the story sometimes -- felt her pain, the choices she had to make, the hard work, the sacrifices, the friendships in the dressing rooms, the pressure -- all of it!

1/22/12

THE FUMA FILES Review

Flack gives a solid performance ... I can't wait to see what she writes in the future. Bravo!

1/23/12

ESCAPE THROUGH THE PAGES Review

This book is very much a character driven story, revolving around daily life and personal decisions ... the reader is able to see the nitty gritty details of how she came to be where she is, and why she makes the decisions she does in the end.

1/23/12

GOODREADS: Kari's Review

5 Stars: I loved this story and the way it's told. It's first person present and you feel that you are experiencing the story along with Hannah.

1/25/12

COFFEE AND A BOOK CHICK Review

... extremely well-told, with characters that genuinely bounded off the page with their dedication, discipline, and sometimes, dramatic and gossipy sides that was quite believable for a group of people so closely working together.

2/15/12

ALISON CAN READ Review

… one of the best athletic books I've read in a long time and I highly recommend it.

2/27/12

ADDICTED TO READING Review

I loved the setting, and the characters. I really just loved everything about it … This is an amazing debut novel.

3/6/12

NAOMI'S BOOK REVIEWS

5 Stars: A well written insight into the huge effort that goes into the Ballet performances and behind the scenes what life is life for the dancers.

3/8/12

COSY BOOKS Review

I was transported into the gruelling, competitive and slightly mystical world of The Manhattan Ballet company while reading this book.

3/12/12

A DREAM OF BOOKS Review

It's hard to put into words how much I adored this book.  I absolutely and whole heartedly loved it and enjoyed it so much that I never wanted it to end.

3/15/12

MEG SAYS Review

I devoured this one in a few days, and I definitely give it a thumbs up.

4/4/12

MOONLIGHT READER Review

5 / 5 rating: This wonderful debut novel was hard to put down. The writing was beautiful and the story was absolutely captivating. I loved reading this book.

4/10/12

PLANET PRINT Review

(Hannah) was a great main character overall. It was great to see how she slowly changed over the course of the book, and I’m happy with the way things ended for her.

4/11/12

MRS. HILL'S BOOK BLOG Review

I really enjoyed the book. It's a well-written, fascinating look into the inner workings of a ballet company.

4/12/12

YOLANDA SFETSOS Review

Bunheads was a terrific book that I enjoyed … her world of constant dancing, bitchy competition, strong friendships, and never-ending performances really swept me away. I enjoyed every minute of it.

4/28/12

THE BOOK NEST Review

I love to read about the backstage experience and Hannah was a well-rounded, conflicted character. I would read more from this author.

4/28/12

THE READER ROOM Review

A fascinating read … it is about self-discovery, growth and the question of how much you should give up to succeed at something.

4/30/12

GOOD READS: Alpha Reader's Review

… an exquisitely detailed journey into the life of a dancer – the ups and downs, highs and lows, sacrifices and devastations that make up a life dedicated to one of the most gruelling art forms … a fantastic read.

5/5/12

THE GODDESS OF BOOKS Review

This is one of those books you can just curl up with and when you finish you get a happy feeling.

5/27/12

BOOKS ARE VITAL Review

I love the realness of this book, I love the relationships between Hannah and her three closest friends. I especially like her frenemy, Zoey. I love the tiny bit of romance this book has, Jacob the adorable musician/ NYU student. I pretty much love everything about it.

5/28/12

RATHER BE READING Review

It was Bunheads by Sophie Flack that pulled me up out of my reading slump and introduced me to a world very different than most other young adult books I read. Definitely pick this one up and allow yourself to be whisked away into the world of dance and competition.

5/30/12

NEWPORT LIBRARY TEEN TALK Review

5 / 5 rating: does a splendid job portraying the competition that permeates a professional ballet company and the burning ambition it takes to keep going day after day ... I couldn't put Bunheads down until the last, touching page.

6/8/12

PRINCESS BOOKIE Review

5 / 5 rating: I loved this novel. I loved how it took place in New York City. I love reading about NYC because it makes you feel like you are there, you are enjoying walking Times Square or walking down a crowded street. Or riding the subway.  Hannah’s journey became my own and I wanted to see what this world was all about.

6/10/12

A READING DAYDREAMER Review

5 / 5 rating: a beautiful, enchanting novel about self-discovery, competition and romance in the world of ballet.  If you're interested in the world of dance, then this is THE book for you - even if you're not, this is still a wonderful contemporary with a difference!

6/12/12

GOBS AND GOBS OF BOOKS Review

5 / 5 rating: I loved Bunheads. Plain and simple ... I learned so much about ballet that I didn’t know, and it really gave me a new appreciation for those brave girls on pointe.

6/12/12

GOODREADS: Christine Day's Review

5 stars ... it was a coming-of-age story that wasn't cliché or overdone. There were elements of seriousness as well as lightheartedness throughout the book. Overall, it was just a really interesting, enjoyable and subtly compelling read. I absolutely loved it.

6/15/12

THIS FLEETING DREAM Review

I loved reading about the rivalries and tension between the dancers at different levels. The dancers have to deal with jealousy and the need to be competitive, even against their friends and other dancers they admire.

6/23/12

PAPERBACK TREASURES Review

I loved being immersed in the world of a professional dancer, and I loved going along with Hannah on her journey.

7/5/12

ONCE UPON A TWILIGHT Review

I really enjoyed this book … you'll love this story of a strong-willed young woman filled with a drive and passion for her career and a sprinkling of romance that will make your heart happy.

7/10/12

TEATIME WITH TUMNUS Review

Sophie Flack’s writing style is crisp and quiet … a marvelous job displaying a gritty realism that will satisfy both dancers and readers alike.

7/12/12

The Crimson Review of Children's & YA Literature

An inspiring book for girls trying to figure out how to become their own young woman.

7/23/12

THE PERPETUAL PAGE-TURNER Review

... one of my favorite reads this year! Bravo, Sophie Flack, bravo. I can’t get this book out of my mind.

7/26/12

READING AND WRITING AND MOVIES, OH MY Review

I loved getting this brief glimpse into the love, dedication and frustration a dancer feels ... it did mostly focus on the female dancers friendship.

8/5/12

ORPHELIA'S BOOK BLOG Review

I loved the minute details of life behind the curtains. This is Flack's first novel, and she did well.  She's a former ballerina, which adds a sense of realism to the hard work and dedication present everyday in a ballet company.

8/12/12

YA YEAH YEAH Review

… a thoughtful look at ballet dancing which really brings home the hard work involved for all those who aspire to make it their career.

9/25/12

HELLO CHELLY Review

Bunheads was everything I hoped it would be … If you're a fan of ballet or dance, this is definitely one you'll want to pick up.

12/12/12

GOODREADS: Nina's Review

If I were teaching any literature class in High School, right now, this would be one of the required reading books for my class. It goes beyond ballet.

1/1/13

DIYdancer Review

It’s an all-consuming profession in which, to be successful, a dancer has to give everything he or she has plus more ... in some unexpected way, the novel connected some dots for me, shedding light on something that is at the very core of my own ballet career.

2/10/13

WORDS ON PAPER Review

… unflinchingly honest. There are great messages in this book, thoughtful in its execution, questioning everything you once knew about a life in ballet.