Loyalty. Discipline. Hella girl drama.
Bright Burning Stars features a ballet school in Paris where the students are absolutely cutthroat. The rats, as they are known, train and compete incessantly. They deal with all the ins and outs of adolescence but the lens is skewed towards success at all costs. The story follows two best friends, Marine and Kate who are as close as two young girls can be until the rigors of competition start to fray their bond. They experience sexual explotation, drug use and eating disorders while trying to figure out who they really are and what they really want.
The story touches on some heavy topics and I think probably deserves a little warning if its labelled YA. It’s the type of book you’d want to discuss with your kids if they were to read it. Perhaps an epilogue that shows where the girls ended up and if it was all worth it would provide a better overall message for the YA audience.
Certainly a page turner with lots of drama.
Thanks to Algonquin for a gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.
Did you ever play a sport, do dance or music that required an insane amount of discipline?