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Publisher Description

For fans of Sarah Dessen and Mary H.K. Choi, this lyrical and emotionally driven novel follows Alina, a young aspiring dancer who suffers a devastating injury and must face a world without ballet—as well as the darker side of her former dream.
Alina Keeler was destined to dance, but then a terrifying fall shatters her leg—and her dreams of a professional ballet career along with it.

After a summer healing (translation: eating vast amounts of Cool Ranch Doritos and binging ballet videos on YouTube), she is forced to trade her pre-professional dance classes for normal high school, where she reluctantly joins the school musical. However, rehearsals offer more than she expected—namely Jude, her annoyingly attractive castmate she just might be falling for.

But to move forward, Alina must make peace with her past and face the racism she experienced in the dance industry. She wonders what it means to yearn for ballet—something so beautiful, yet so broken. And as broken as she feels, can she ever open her heart to someone else?

Touching, romantic, and peppered with humor, this debut novel explores the tenuousness of perfectionism, the possibilities of change, and the importance of raising your voice.

Young Adult
May 11
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

itsAsh123 ,

Underrated coming of age

Please give this book a chance. Read it.

Have you ever been stereotyped? Have you ever experienced discrimination? Racism? Been called names? Been harassed? Been stuck in a rut that you couldn’t get out of?

This story has all of that PLUS lgbtq characters (if you’re looking for that). It manages to raise awareness and acceptance of the community.

It may involve romance but the story is much bigger than that. I highly suggest this to learn something from it.