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There’s quite a lot I can say about this delightful YA book, but I will start be saying it really hit me in the feels.
I knew I was going to be in for something different in the first few pages when I discovered it was set in Ballarat- a semi major country town in Victoria, Australia. The fact that it’s set away from the capital is great if you ask me, always good to see different places represented in fiction.
The story opens and is based around Luca, a 16 year old openly gay ballet dancer, whose on the cusp of auditioning for the Australian Ballet School when a major accident shatters his dreams.
This book explorers the themes of loss and acceptance while you’re just a teenager; after all who could rightly handle their dream being taken away at any stage in such a cruel and heartbreaking manner?
Tobias Madden handles this in a tender and sensitive way; while the Therese exploded in this novel isn’t anything revolutionary, Madden has a writing style that draws you in and makes you feel for each character- all of the major characters are richly drawn out and you feel invested in them and their journeys.
A highly enjoyable story and I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars
I stayed up half the night reading this! It's sweetest, cutest, swooniest, angstiest, most drama-filled YA story and I couldn't put the damn thing DOWN.
Luca is an incredible ballerina destined for the Australian Ballet School when he has a horror fall, ending his dance career. Kicked out of his fancy private school and separated from his "bunhead" ballet friends, Luca transfers to the local high school where he's forced to start over and discover who he is without dance. But gorgeous school captain and rowing star Jordan is the perfect distraction. It's a shame he's straight. Unless he isn't...
My swoony little heart could barely handle Luca + Jordan's story! It's so funny, charming, heartfelt and guaranteed to give you all the feels. I don't have the space here to list all the things you'll love about it. 💙 Just go read it! Right now.
This book was so beautiful, I am literally crying 😭😭😭I loved it so, so much💙 Luca’s pain and frustration spilled out of the pages, and although I felt I instinctively wanted him to be more sheltered and protected, I was proud of him for taking charge of his life and responsibility over his actions 💙