Wish by Grier Cooper
(Indigo Dreams #1)
Publication date: December 2nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
For Indigo Stevens, ballet classes at Miss Roberta’s ballet studio offer the stability and structure that are missing from her crazy home life. At almost 16, she hopes this is the year she will be accepted into the New York School of Ballet. First she must prove she’s ready, and that means ignoring Jesse Sanders – the cute boy with dimples who is definitely at the top of Miss Roberta’s List of Forbidden Things for Dancers.
But Jesse is the least of Indigo’s concerns. When she discovers her mom is an alcoholic, it simultaneously explains everything and heaps more worry on Indigo’s shoulders. As her mom’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Indigo fights to maintain balance, protect her younger brothers from abuse, and keep her mother from going over the edge. When the violence at home escalates, Indigo realizes she can no longer dance around the issue. At the risk of losing everything, she must take matters into her own hands before it’s too late.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 3.5 Stars ~
Wish is the first book in Grier Cooper’s Indigo Dreams Series. This is YA book about a 16 year old girl who has dreamt of going to New York to be a part of the New York School of Ballet and becoming a professional Ballerina. This is a coming of age book and a journey for Indigo as she finds the correct path to her dreams.
I don’t know what I really expected when I chose to read this book, but it was so much more then just a ballet love story. This book covered some serious topics such as alcoholism and abuse. This took me a little by surprise. The love story between Jesse and Indigo really took a back seat to the real story of Indigo dealing with her home life and following her dreams. This is a fairly quick read. I thought the author did a great job at laying the ground work for any other books that are coming in the series. This book isn’t what I consider a cliffhanger ending, but more of a Happy For Now ending. She left the door open for the future books. I am interested to see what happens on Indigo’s journey to finding her happiness. Will she survive at the NYSB, can her and Jesse make it through, what will happen at home while she is in NY? These are all questions I can’t wait to find out the answers to.
“I realize that even in the darkest moments, light is still there. You just have to look for it.”….. Indigo
Indigo’s life was full of dark moments until she decided to do something about it. She showed great strength and courage throughout this story. I liked her character….I thought for 16 years old she had to deal with some pretty grown up issues and I thought she did the best she could.
If you are a fan of a pretty clean YA book and love a story with Ballet as a background then you are going to want to read this book. I thought it was an intriguing book and it kept my attention all the way through.
Grier began ballet lessons at age five and left home at fourteen to study at the School of American Ballet in New York. She has performed on three out of seven continents with companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, totaling more than thirty years of experience as a dancer, teacher and performer.
Her work has been praised as “poignant and honest” with “emotional hooks that penetrate deeply.” She writes and blogs about dance in the San Francisco Bay Area and has interviewed and photographed a diverse collection dancers and performers including Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman, Glen Allen Sims and Jessica Sutta. She is the author of Build a Ballerina Body and The Daily Book of Photography.