Pirouette by Robyn Bavati

Rating: 3/5 stars

Pages: 239 pages17392996

As someone who took dance classes for 16 years, and competed for 9 of those years, I myself have a great love for dance. While I don’t take classes myself anymore, instead focusing on school and work, I occasionally find myself dancing around my apartment when I’m in the mood. What can I say? Dancing is in my blood. Anyways, this makes me a sucker for a book that has to do with dance.

Oftentimes, I’m disappointed by the portrayal of dance in the books I read. While the draw to the book has something to do with dance, this isn’t always the main focus of the story. Instead, dance is often dropped from the storyline pretty quickly, instead focusing on the dancer’s life outside of the dance room. Thankfully, Pirouette doesn’t have this problem. Dance is a constant theme throughout this story. As well, Bavati has done an excellent job portraying dance. While Simone shows what it’s like to be a dancer who’s fallen out of love with it, Hannah showcases a dancer who’s love just keeps growing. By having the two sides of the coin shown in contrast to each other, Bavati did an excellent job showing that every dancer’s experience is different. While a person might be an amazing dancer, sometimes that isn’t enough to keep the passion alive.

Bavati also did an excellent job of incorporating dance terminology into the story. As someone who’s taken years of classes, I could visualize what the dancers were doing in their classes. However, Bavati didn’t overuse the dance terminology. In this way, I believe that someone who doesn’t understand the terminology won’t get bored or frustrated with the dance scenes. They’re easy enough to follow without knowing right away what a grande plie or arabesque is.

As for the Freaky Friday-esque part of this story, there wasn’t anything exceptional. It read just like any other identical person place swap story I’ve read before. One of the twins needs to get a hair cut and pierce their ears while the other twin needs to try to act more outgoing. The only original twist on the storyline, in my opinion, was that the twins weren’t seperated by their parents. Instead, their parents died in a car crash and the twins were adopted out to different families who didn’t know the child they’d just adopted had a twin. While this gets brought up in the story, I didn’t feel like it was resolved in a well laid out way. It gets “resolved” off scene, but in an unsatisfactory, not well explained kind of way.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and fun read that’s also interested in the world of dance. It’s not the most amazing book out there, but I enjoyed the read.

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