Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend the top ballet school in the country? In Girl in Motion, Miriam Wenger-Landis creates a novel around that very premise. 15 year old Anna is accepted to the NYC dance academy (which is loosely based on the School of American Ballet), and spends the next two years training to become a professional ballet dancer.
I would consider this book a young adult novel. It is also a bit flat, lacking the prose and use of rhetorical devices you’d find from more seasoned authors. If you are interested life at dance school, however, it will not disappoint. Wenger-Landis is very accurate on that score. She focuses on all the challenges -emotional and physical – that young dancers face. Unfortunately, with all the negative information, she makes you wonder why anyone would bother pursuing the path of a dancer at all. In truth, dancers are extremely passionate about their art form. They need it, just as you and I need air. The author should have fleshed out that theme, in order to more accurately depict the protagonist, Anna.
2 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2010