The Still Point

Kensington. Feb. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781496739339. pap. $17.95. F
Seventeen-year-old Bea is a dancer. She and her classmates begin their final year at their elite dance school, preparing to graduate from online high school. Like many teens, they are looking forward to the next step in the journey. That means finding places in prestigious dance programs or companies. Dancing at such high levels requires determination—and money. As Bea returns from a summer program, she learns that there will be a guest teacher leading them in their winter production of The Nutcracker. Etienne Bernay is a famous dancer from Le Ballet de Paris, notorious for his behavior on- and offstage. Etienne also brings a scholarship for one student and a film crew that is making a documentary about the process of selecting the winner. The dancers and their parents strive to win this coveted spot in Paris. Amid rumors and insinuations and teenage angst, friendships shatter and re-form. One winner is announced.
VERDICT This latest from Greenwood (Such a Pretty Girl; Keeping Lucy) provides an insider’s glimpse into the world of elite ballet school competitions. Readers who liked Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies or Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid should enjoy.
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