Official Stuff –
Author – Leanne Lieberman
Pages – 128
Publisher – Orca Book Publishers
Series – Stand Alone
When Meg’s summer ballet program is canceled and her ballet teacher suggests she attend Camp Dance to learn new dance styles, Meg is devastated. Worse still, her teacher thinks she lacks stage presence and needs to connect more with her audience. At camp, Meg struggles to learn contemporary dance. A girl named Logan, who is jealous of Meg’s ballet technique and her friendship with Nio, a cute contemporary dancer, makes Meg’s life even more difficult. When Meg, Nio and Logan have to work together to create a piece for the final show, arguments threaten to ruin their dance. Unless they are able to overcome their differences, Meg’s time at Camp Dance will have been a disaster from start to finish.
My Rating – 3 of 5 stars
I received a copy of this novel from LibraryThing on behalf of Orca Publishing in exchange for a fair review.
This will be a very short review because this was a very short book.
Meg has been a ballet dancer for years. It’s all she wants from life, to be a professional dancer. She’s good yes, but she’s also very introverted. She doesn’t have a good stage presence. She lacks confidence.
Because of her teacher’s back surgery, her normal summer ballet school has been canceled. Since her parents are vacationing in Italy, she has two options, go to her Nana’s house or go to this dance camp that doesn’t offer ballet. Meg reluctantly agrees to the dance camp.
Once there she sorta befriends Nio, a contemporary dancer who has been going to the camp for years. This causes some jealousy with his friend Logan, who has been attending the camp for as long as Nio.
Logan mocks ballet and just generally gives Meg the cold shoulder. Meg does what she can to avoid Logan but Nio talks them both into working with him for a final dance performance. They form something of a compromise and choreograph a routine but before the finale dance, the book ends so I’m not sure if the compromise turned into a friendship.
That’s one thing about novellas; they don’t give you enough information. The book was cute enough, and the writing was decent but there just wasn’t enough story. I would’ve liked to see Meg accomplish the goals she set for herself, to be more confident and have a better stage presence. I would have liked to see her and Logan resolve their differences.
It wasn’t a bad book, it just needed more.