Title: The Art of Falling
Author: Kathryn Craft
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A beautiful, inspiring novel about a young dancer's fall from grace, The Art of Falling cracked my heart open and filled it entirely--it was an absolutely beautiful novel!
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Penelope Sparrow loves to dance--she needs it like she needs to breathe. After a terrifying fall that has left her immobile, Penny finds that she must face her demons--or they could smother her entirely. Helped along by a cast of flawed, lovable characters, the reader is led on a journey that is both heartbreaking and tender, and Penny finds that even on the brink of being destroyed, with enough strength, she can find herself again.
What I enjoyed:
-I really enjoyed the premise of this novel--falls from grace are nothing new, but Craft puts a personal spin on this one, and I really enjoyed it
-The pacing of this novel was great too--it flowed quickly but smoothly
-The inside look at the chilling, frightening world of professional dance, told from personal experience
-Penny--cynical, bitter, angry Penny, all too human and incredibly fragile--I found myself relating to her along the way, especially when it came to her body image--she was a great main character and her development was amazing, especially when she was putting herself back together
-Marty, the kind, sweet, gentle baker who becomes her friend
-Angela, the beautiful best friend who, in spite of being crippled with a terrible illness, becomes a great character--she really made me cry at times
-Penny's mother, the rock in her life, and her best friend, despite everything
What could've been better:
-At first the prose confused me--it felt like Penny was talking in present tense and then in past tense at times
I really, really enjoyed The Art of Falling--a wonderful book! Next on deck: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen!