Book Review: HOW IT FEELS TO FLY

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    • HOW IT FEELS TO FLY
    • Author: Kathryn Holmes
    • Published: 14th June 2016
    • Read: October 28, 2016
    • Source: Kindle Edition
    • Rating: ♥♥♥

The movement is all that matters.

For as long as Samantha can remember, she’s wanted to be a professional ballerina. She’s lived for perfect pirouettes, sky-high extensions, and soaring leaps across the stage. Then her body betrayed her.

The change was gradual. Stealthy.

Failed diets. Disapproving looks. Whispers behind her back. The result: crippling anxiety about her appearance, which threatens to crush her dancing dreams entirely. On her dance teacher’s recommendation, Sam is sent to a summer treatment camp for teen artists and athletes who are struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. If she can make progress, she’ll be allowed to attend a crucial ballet intensive. But when asked to open up about her deepest insecurities, secret behaviors, and paralyzing fears to complete strangers, Sam can’t cope.

What I really need is a whole new body.

Sam forms an unlikely bond with Andrew, a former college football player who’s one of her camp counselors. As they grow closer, Andrew helps Sam see herself as he does—beautiful. But just as she starts to believe that there’s more between them than friendship, disappointing news from home sends her into a tailspin. With her future uncertain and her body against her, will Sam give in to the anxiety that imprisons her?

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Processed with VSCO with c4 presetThis book tackles about mental issues and how to cope with it. Honestly, there was never a chapter that I got bored with this book. I could also relate to most of the parts that’s going on inside her head! And I just love the whole concept of the story! Even when I’m no aspiring dancer or elite athlete, I could totally relate. The issues and problems faced in this book is not limited to these people who are diagnosed, the lessons here are also very helpful for all of us who are going through something. I love the writing and the character building. All in all, its such a fun read! And I even got emotional from time to time. The only thing that is doubtful for me are some of the approaches and interventions/activities in the camp they enrolled in. I strongly disagree to the ways of the therapist/doctor because it’s just wasn’t realistic considering I know these ethical principles personally.

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