"I want to stretch to the moon, " Delia thought. "Far, far away."
Twelve-year-old Delia Ferri doesn't remember her mother, or her family the way it used to be. All she knows is that her sister, Pearl, and her father are fighting more and more. Pearl is withdrawn and angry, so Delia vows not to give her father anything else to worry about.
Delia loses herself to the rigorous world of ballet, and only when it has consumed her completely does she begin to understand how fiercely her sister had to fight for her own truth. Delia discovers that the bond between two sisters can't be broken -- no matter where the dance of life takes them.
Wow. This book was just so touching and amazing. Tracey Porter's writing style is so strong and I found myself pulled into the novel. I read the entire book in one sitting and was unable to put it down. I felt like I was entirely a part of Delia's struggle and I found myself feeling genuinely sad for her. She was a character I instantly connected with and I was rooting for her from page one.
I've never really read a "dance" book and I feel like this was a wonderful introduction to the genre. I learned a lot about the competitive nature of the dance world and the effects it has on dancers, especially young ones. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in that genre.
The one criticism I have of the novel is that Delia's sister is not included as much as she could have been in the narrative, making the title and initial synopsis a bit misleading. However, taking the book without the synopsis and title, it is a wonderfully told tale and I truly adored this book.
The ending was beautiful. I felt things wrapped up nicely and I got a solid sense of closure.