Hope by Grier Cooper
Publisher: Dancing Poodle Press
Publication Date: April 2016
Perfection. Beauty. Pain. This is life for Indigo Stevens at the famed New York School of Ballet, where there’s no such thing as weakness or privacy and every movement is scrutinized and judged. Indigo hopes she’ll be chosen for the company, but her ballet teachers aren’t talking and their silence is confusing.
When Indigo is singled out for a coveted solo she feels her dreams are finally within reach, until she discovers she’s dancing with Felipe Gonzalez, the school’s smolderingly hot rising star. In the days that follow, Indigo questions everything she thought was true and finds herself making surprising choices. Can she go for her dreams without losing herself?
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
Hope features Indigo, who has finally realized her dream of studying at the New York School of Ballet. At first, Indigo finds it hard to settle and sometimes finds herself questioning her decision to go to ballet school. She feels out of place amongst the other dancers, and wonders if she will ever realize the rest of her dream.
Hope is the second book in the Indigo Ballet series, but it can be read as a standalone. As far as young adult books go, this one is a pretty cool read. I like the fact that most of the events that happen are likely to happen in real life. There is no shortage of ballet terms, which would have been annoying if not for the glossary at the back.
The author’s way of writing is straightforward and easygoing, which makes it easy for any reader to feel like a part of Indigo’s world. I like the fact that there is diversity when it comes to secondary characters, and it’s easy to distinguish one from the other. The fact that the story isn’t necessarily dependent on either the ballet or Indigo’s crush is another plus.
I have to warn you, though, there are times when Indigo acts rather pathetic; and even though it adds to the sort of “perfect imperfection” of the characters, it can be rather irritating.
Over all, Hope is a nice, enjoyable read that I will recommend to any keen YA reader.