Why did I love this book?
Alina was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina—until a devastating leg injury leaves her unable to dance en pointe. She returns to regular high school full-time, becomes involved with the school musical, and suddenly has to navigate changing relationships with her classmates and her still-dancing sister. This book is wonderfully complex and absolutely beautiful. It’s unapologetic about Alina’s ambition in a way that is rare for Young Adult novels. Reading it was like letting out a breath I knew I had been holding, but wasn’t sure I would ever be allowed to release.