Up to This Pointe

Finished Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

A refreshingly original contemporary YA, unlike anything readers have seen before. Perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson, John Corey Whaley, and Libba Bray.
 
She had a plan. It went south.

Harper is a dancer. She and her best friend, Kate, have one goal: becoming professional ballerinas. And Harper won’t let anything—or anyone—get in the way of The Plan, not even the boy she and Kate are both drawn to.

Harper is a Scott. She’s related to Robert Falcon Scott, the explorer who died racing to the South Pole. So when Harper’s life takes an unexpected turn, she finagles (read: lies) her way to the icy dark of McMurdo Station . . . in Antarctica. Extreme, but somehow fitting—apparently she has always been in the dark, dancing on ice this whole time. And no one warned her. Not her family, not her best friend, not even the boy who has somehow found a way into her heart.”

You don’t need to like science or ballet (or penguins) to appreciate this story.  All you need is to understand the feeling that sometimes we need to reset our lives and start all over from scratch.  And I think everyone can understand and appreciate that feeling.

Harper’s life is ballet.  She’s even got a Plan for it.  She and her best friend are going to become professional ballerinas and work for a company in San Francisco.  Except when that plan has to change, she has no idea what to do.  Her entire life up to this point has been training for that.  So…now what?

And because there’s really nothing else for her, she ends up in Antarctica.  And I know a lot of people are of the mindset that it’s not good to run away from your life, but sometimes you have to.  And Harper’s not running so much as taking an extended vacation.  She plans to go home, just…not for a while.

I love this story and want to go back and read her backlist.

Recommended.

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