A teen's journey to find her true North

Summary:

Sam loves ballet and everything about dance. Then her body changes and ends up betraying her. Everything feels different ... and in the worst way. Upon being sent to a summer treatment camp for teen artists and athletes who face mental and emotional blocks, Sam is determined to make progress. If she does, she can get back to dance and a crucial ballet intensive. If she doesn't, her dreams of becoming a professional dancer are done.

It isn't easy. The camp itself and opening up to others prove to be difficult for her. With things changing more and more, Sam is not sure about how this camp will go ... or about anything she ever knew previously. 


BTSYA Teen Reader (16):
I first read this book when I was 14. I remember loving it and being able to relate to the characters and the insecurities that they faced.  Now, re-reading it two years later, I still say the same: I can relate to Sam and the others. Except now, because I am closer in age, there are more things that I can relate to. Not everything, but definitely other aspects that make more sense.

I know other readers who are athletes, artists, or even simply struggling with insecurity can appreciate this book. I  recommend it for teenagers and young adults.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Sam and the other characters are very relatable. Teens - even those who aren't artists or athletes - will understand the emotions and anxieties of their peers. Every reader will find relatable moments and events in this coming of age journey of self-discovery.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a coming-of-age novel about learning to accept who you are and use your talents to success. It is an excellent high interest / low readability option.
Educational Themes:

More than likely, teens will want to read this on their own. Sam's story is one they can relate to - or maybe see in their peers. It opens up opportunities to talk about anxiety, growing up, flexibility, and loving yourself. Great choice for a parent-child book club.

Reading Level:
unk
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
13 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a touching story that teens will relate to on several levels, even if they aren't driven by sports or dance.

Title How It Feels To Fly
Author Kathryn Holmes
Publisher HarperTeen, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2016
ISBN 9780062387349
Material Hard Cover
Cost $5.99
Genres Emotions and Feelings, Self Worth, Realism | Realistic Fiction
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