Up to This Pointe Review


Title: Up to This Pointe

Author: Jennifer Longo

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (Random House)


“Harper Scott 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 Amundsen and Shackleton to the South Pole. Amundsen won because he had a plan, and Harper has always followed his model. 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. It will take a visit from Shackleton’s ghost–the explorer who didn’t make it to the South Pole, but who got all of his men out alive–to teach Harper that success isn’t always what’s important, sometimes it’s more important to learn how to fail successfully.”

So the publisher also says this, “Hand this utterly unique contemporary YA to anyone a who loves ballet or is a little too wrapped up in their Plan A.” To say that this sums me up perfectly is an understatement. Y’all know how much I love a good ballet book or want one.

This book was amazing!!! It was the perfect balance of ballet and regular person. It hit me right in the feels.

All I can say is if you are looking for a fun read that also will punch you right in your emotions, I recommend this.

Would I have acquired this? So this is a bit of an interesting question: I would have loved to acquire this, but I am not sure it would be right for the imprints I work for. I would certainly have taking it to our editorial staff meeting.


2 thoughts on “Up to This Pointe Review

  1. I’ve been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. I love reading ballet books too!

    Have you read On Pointe by Lorie Ann Grover? I really enjoyed that ballet book, too. 🙂


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