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A book review- “Life in motion” by Misty Copeland

Hello, world! Today we’re trying something different.

That something different is a book review.

For those of you who may not have known, I am an avid reader. I absolutely LOVE the feeling that you get when you escape into another world. Often times when I read a book that hits me in the feels, there’s always a certain word that comes to mind. A single word that describes the book.

For this book, that word was stereotype.

Imagine this:

*two friends are playing the game Guess Who*

First friend: Is you person a lover of kangaroos and addicted to vegemite?

Second friend: Yes

First friend: Ah-ha! You have Jack from Australia!

Second friend: No. I have good ‘ol chap William. He was born in America, had a tough childhood, raised by geese and an occasional okapi. By the time he was an adult, he had settled down in Great Britain. Can’t a man be fascinated by kangaroos and have a thing for vegemite while not being thought of as Australian?!

That, my friends, is the definition of stereotype.

Well, I most definitely got carried away back there! Let’s get on with this book review…

“Life in motion” by Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland is the ultimate role model.

The 34 year old principal ballerina with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre had a lot of things going against her.

Misty discovered ballet at the age of 13. She began taking classes at her local boys and girls club, and soon began studying at her teachers local dance academy, where Misty stood en pointe barely three months after she discovered ballet.

Besides age, Misty had something else going against her:

Her race.

You still don’t see many African American dancers in principal roles. Thanks to Misty, that stereotype is being obliterated.

Misty was also a late bloomer (something I can relate to).

She didn’t begin menstruating until the age of nineteen, around the time she was in the Corps De Ballet at ABT.

With all these new bodily changes, Misty went from looking like a teen, to a full-on adult. Losing her “Balanchine body” in the process.

But Misty didn’t let all these things stop her. And her memoir definitely made that clear.

I’m giving this book five out of five stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It was that good!

For the age rating, I’ll say 12+. That is because it had some pretty heavy topics.

Book jacket description:

In this instant New York Times bestseller, Misty Copeland tells of her journey to become the first African American female principal dancer at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, underprivileged, and anxious thirteen-year-old to become one of America’s most groundbreaking ballerinas. A true prodigy, in months she was attempting roles that take most dancers years to master. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.

If you’re interested in reading this book, you can click HERE to purchase it at Barnes and Noble.

• Have you read this book?

• Who’s one of your role models?

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