Astonish Me (2016 Book Bingo Review)

This book was stated as being “Center Stage” meets the last season of “Sex and the City” plus your childhood dreams (from TheSkimm) and it was exactly that. Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead took the spot of a book with a white cover.

The Amazon description of the book says: Astonish Me is the irresistible story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star, the great Arslan Rusakov, defect in 1975. A flash of fame and a passionate love affair follow, but Joan knows that, onstage and off, she is destined to remain in the background. She will never possess Arslan, and she will never be a prima ballerina. She will rise no higher than the corps, one dancer among many.
After her relationship with Arslan sours, Joan plots to make a new life for herself. She quits ballet, marries a good man, and settles in California with him and their son, Harry. But as the years pass, Joan comes to understand that ballet isn’t finished with her yet, for there is no mistaking that Harry is a prodigy. Through Harry, Joan is pulled back into a world she thought she’d left behind—back into dangerous secrets, and back, inevitably, to Arslan.

I really enjoyed reading this one! The plot flowed so well between the past and the present and it was just written SO well. The plot wasn’t anything epic and nothing super crazy happened, but seriously it just flowed so well and that made me want to keep reading. It made me think back to my dancing days and remember how much I loved the structure, the movement, the music… I was definitely living vicariously through all of the dancers in this book!

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