Bright Burning Stars
by A.K. Small
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Published Date: May 21st, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
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Best friends Marine Duval and Kate Sanders have trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School since childhood, where they’ve formed an inseparable bond forged by respective family tragedies and a fierce love for dance. When the body of a student is found in the dorms just before the start of their final year, Marine and Kate begin to ask themselves what they would do to win the ultimate prize: to be the one girl selected to join the Opera’s prestigious corps de ballet. Would they die? Cheat? Seduce the most talented boy in the school, dubbed the Demigod, hoping his magic would make them shine, too? Neither girl is sure.
But then Kate gets closer to the Demigod, even as Marine has begun to capture his heart. And as selection day draws near, the competition—for the prize, for the Demigod—becomes fiercer, and Marine and Kate realize they have everything to lose, including each other.
Fast paced and exciting, Bright Burning Stars tells of the story of two best friends and their life in a ballet school. Due to the discipline of the art, they face challenges and stress that were so tough that it even affected their friendship.
The story was set in Paris which I think was perfect. Character development was on point. Plot was fast paced with lots of dynamics. I also thoroughly enjoyed the writing which gave me so much emotional feels.
Though it was placed in the YA genre, I can’t help but feel that it should be listed as New Adult. There were same parts where sex and drugs were involved. However, there were lessons to be learned from the mistakes made which I think young adults can learn from.
Being a ballet student for a little while when I was younger, I was immediately very interested in the book. I’m so glad I had a chance to read it. It covered so many different topics especially about anxiety and stress.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Algoquin Young Readers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.