The Quarterback And The Ballerina by Anne-Marie Meyer and Maggie Dallen
Rating: 2/5 Stars
He thought he knew what he wanted.
Turns out, all he wanted was her.
I’d kill to be the kind of dancer my mom wants me to be, but it’s just not in the cards. I’m sick of dieting. I’ll never fit into the perfect ballerina mold and I’m tired of wishing that I could.
I’m over it. I’m done trying.
I’m perfectly content to dance alone in the dark while the rest of the school is sleeping.
Coach says our football team needs discipline. That dancing alongside a bunch of prissy prima donnas is how we’ll learn our lesson.
I don’t have time for ballet. Not when I’m busting my butt to be the star quarterback, the dutiful son, and the perfect student…all so I can achieve my father’s dream.
When I meet Collette, I can’t help but take notice. She’s a vision of grace and beauty all wrapped up in snark and sass. And she helps me see that my own dreams aren’t so stupid after all.
I just wish she could see that in herself. But when I try to bring her out into the light, I can feel her slipping away. Her walls are built up so high, I fear they’ll never come down. I want to love her like she deserves—but that’s just the problem.
She doesn’t believe she deserves it.
Spoiler-free as always.
As you can tell, this isn’t a new favorite. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this series, either. I got this book on my kindle earlier this year because something about it seemed like it might be a decent read. I won’t say I was disappointed, considering there are a few things that indicated how this reading experience would go. For example, it’s YA, and it’s only a little over 200 pages.
I think this book started out pretty decent, but as it went on, it got pretty cringy at times, and it also felt repetitive. For high schoolers, they really acted more like middle schoolers. They were really dramatic about some things, and it could be pretty annoying at times.
This book gave me cheesy, cliche 2000s movie vibes. Like I said I really didn’t have high hopes for it but I needed a really simple and quick read so that’s why I picked this up. It definitely did the trick. It’s exactly what I expected. I think maybe if I read this when I was younger I would have liked it a lot more.
This book also talks about weight a lot…our main character Collette is obssesive about her weight in an almost annoying way. She doesn’t have an ED or anything, but I know that could be triggering to some people. However, there is the message that your weight doesn’t matter kinda feel good point, which is good for someone young going through similar feelings.
Overall I wouldn’t recommend this book, but of course if you’re interested give it a try and let me know what you think. I liked the beginning and the end of this book, not so much the stuff in the middle.