The Ballerinas | Book Review

Review date: May 7, 2021
Publication date: December 7, 2021

Reading that this book was described as Black Swan meets Luckiest Girl Alive, I was certainly intrigued. I am am so glad that I got the opportunity to read this book.

Synopsis: The book centers around a trio of best friends, all ballerinas. Not my 4-year-old dancing just to get out of the house dancer, but born and raised – training in PARIS, eat nothing, dance ONLY, live, breathe ballet dancers.

At the heart of the story – uncertainty. So much uncertainty about the next advancement, so uncertain about the future, uncertain about life outside of dance, uncertain of anything but the fact that dance was all they knew. Dance is the only thing they could equate their worth to. Now, this makes for an interesting dynamic in a friendship. You’re all each other has, but you’re also each others stiffest competition.

With three converging timelines, focusing mostly on Delphine’s story and life, we get one timeline of Delphine, Margaux, and Lindsay’s days as underlings at the academy, then we have timeline #2 of Delphine on her own, living a different path than originally planned, and the last is the current timeline. This was a bit confusing if you speed through thinking that the year will tell you where we are at, sometimes, in this story, the month is also important.

I recommend this book! I enjoyed the friendship, the drama, the suspense, and that ending! This was a slower burn for those that need a quick paced story, but still a great read.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.


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