Review: Move, By Brina Courtney

Title: Movemove
Author: Brina Courtney
Rating: 4/5 Stars

“Sometimes Dallas gets drunk and doesn’t remember what she did last night. Sometimes she loses friends. Sometimes her mom’s boyfriend beats her until she can’t walk. Sometimes her life sucks, but sometimes it’s beautiful. When Dallas dances her world is her own and she can make it what she wants it to be, she can escape her otherwise horrible life. Dallas now must overcome her past to give herself a future at the Allenwood Academy of Dance in Cape Haven, CT. When her feet are bleeding and her heart is breaking, Dallas must find the strength to go on.

‘You only get one shot in the dance world and you have to be strong enough to take it.’
‘If I don’t dance, I will die.’ ” (description from Goodreads)

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I enjoyed this novella quite a bit. I wasn’t too sure about it from the description alone. I’m not into dance generally, not very much at least, but that didn’t matter much once I started reading. I’ve read another story from Courtney, so I knew I’d have a chance of liking it.

I thought the from rags to riches…while still being in rags…aspect was great. Dallas has nothing at home but gets a chance to finally make something of herself. The real twist is that a dark part of her prior life is still with her and can get in the way of her dreams. I only hope to see more development of Dallas’ story in the future. I feel that this is only a glimpse of what can be a truly great set of characters and journey.

I really enjoyed the Miss Jessica character. Despite her strict attitude and don’t mess with me demeanor something drew me to her from the beginning. I knew she’d either be a force to be reckoned with or just a misunderstood adult in the eyes of the youth. But we’ll have to see just where all that leads.

I feel that Move has a strong potential to gain a fifth star to my rating, there were just some aspects that fell a bit flat for me. I can’t place a finger on too much, but it was very enjoyable and exceeded my expectations (in the sense that I’m a male reader who’s not really into dance).

If there’s a sequel in the works, I’ll be jumping at the chance to read it.

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About the Author:

Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She’s spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.

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