Friday, January 9, 2015

ARC Review: Wish (Indigo Dreams #1)

Wish (Indigo Dreams #1) by Grier Cooper

Publisher: Dancing Poodle Press, 2014
274 pages, kindle edition
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Young Adult, Dance, Contemporary
Link: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
For Indigo Stevens, ballet classes at Miss Roberta’s ballet studio offer the stability and structure that are missing from her crazy home life. At almost 16, she hopes this is the year she will be accepted into the New York School of Ballet. First she must prove she’s ready, and that means ignoring Jesse Sanders – the cute boy with dimples who is definitely at the top of Miss Roberta’s List of Forbidden Things for Dancers.

But Jesse is the least of Indigo’s concerns. When she discovers her mom is an alcoholic, it simultaneously explains everything and heaps more worry on Indigo’s shoulders. As her mom’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Indigo fights to maintain balance, protect her younger brothers from abuse, and keep her mother from going over the edge. When the violence at home escalates, Indigo realizes she can no longer dance around the issue. At the risk of losing everything, she must take matters into her own hands before it’s too late.

My Review:
Loved this story about a teen girl striving to become a professional dancer while dealing with a stressful and chaotic family situation. For anyone who's family felt out of control and dysfunctional, particularly readers who have family/friends who are alcoholics, I think this will really resonate. This book was engaging and funny, despite the intense subject matter. I also enjoyed being behind the scenes in the ballet world and watching Indigo develop her skills and confidence as a dancer.

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