Offsetting Penalties

Offsetting Penalties

by Ally Mathews
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Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews

Isabelle Oster has dreamed of being a prima ballerina her entire life, so whenthe only male dancer backs out of the fall production, she’s devastated. Without a partner, she has no hope of earning a spot with the prestigious Ballet Americana company. Until hot jock Garret practicing stretches in one of the studios gives Izzy an idea, and she whips out her phone. But does she really want this badly enough to resort to blackmail?

All-state tight end Garret Mitchell will do anything to get a college football scholarship. Even taking ballet, which surprisingly isn’t so bad, because it means he gets to be up close and personal with the gorgeous Goth girl Izzy while learning moves to increase his flexibility. But Izzy needs him to perform with her for the Ballet Americana spot, and he draws the line at getting on stage. Especially wearing tights.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bit of blackmail, a lot of sarcasm, and an ending guaranteed to melt your heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640633384
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/06/2017
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 233
Sales rank: 110,856
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Ally lives in Texas with three kids, four dogs, two cats, a rabbit, assorted reptiles, and her husband. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, binge watching Psych, Scream, Younger, and superhero movies, and letting dogs in and out of the house. She loves to cook but hates to clean up afterwards, and strongly believes that Disney World is truly magical. You can find Ally on her website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, though she makes no claims of using any of them properly.

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CHAPTER 1

Garret Mitchell grabbed a towel from the bench and wiped the sweat from his eyes before heading to the locker room. It had been a refreshing eighty degrees when football practice started at six o'clock in the morning, but it was at least ten degrees hotter now. He lived in West Texas, after all, and there were still a few weeks of summer before school started.

Coach Comstock popped his head out the door of his office just as Garret was about to pass. "Come see me when you're done."

Not sure why the coach wanted to talk to him, he showered and dressed quickly, ignoring the other guys as they laughed and fooled around, snapping one another with towels, spraying shampoo at one another, and making a mess of the locker room. He hung up his gear so it could dry before their second practice that evening. Two-a-days were never fun, but putting on wet gear made it even worse.

He approached the office and stopped in the doorway.

"Come on in, Garret," Coach said, and waved toward one of the chairs in front of his desk.

Coach Gibson, their trainer and assistant coach, stood. "You looked good out there today. No pain or stiffness in your arch or heel?"

"Nope. Everything feels normal."

"Excellent. It's good to see you out on the field again." Coach Gibson pointed at Garret's foot. "May I?"

Garret nodded and dropped into the nearest chair to take his shoe off.

"Your orthopedist cleared you to play, right?"

"Yes, sir. He cleared me for all activity."

Coach rotated his ankle from side to side, then extended and flexed his foot. "You had good speed out there, and your starts were quick, but Coach Comstock and I agree that you still look hesitant on that foot."

Garret stiffened. Surely they weren't going to bench him, were they? He couldn't afford to lose any playing time his senior year or he'd never get a scholarship offer. "I feel great, Coach."

"I'm sure you do, but that doesn't mean there isn't more we can do to get you back to maximum performance."

He raised a brow. "Like what?" He was willing to do almost anything to get the scouts to notice him.

"Well, lots of stretching."

He was already stretching several times a day, but he'd make time to do it more if it meant getting a college scholarship. "I can do that."

"Also," he said, meeting Garret's eyes, "we think you could really benefit from taking ballet lessons."

No way.

"You're joking, right?"

"No, we're very serious. It's an excellent way to improve strength and flexibility."

Garret grinned. "So which one of you is going to be my ballet teacher?"

"Very funny. I've already talked to one of the teachers at the dance studio here in town."

He leaped out of his seat. "No. No way. Absolutely not. I'm not going to a dance studio with a bunch of seven-year-old girls in tutus."

Coach leaned back in his chair and folded his hands over his ample stomach. "You ever heard of Steve McLendon?"

"Sure. He's a nose tackle for the Jets."

"And he takes ballet lessons. Did you know that the Dallas Cowboys installed ballet bars outside their locker room to help the players stretch properly to cut down on injuries?"

Garret narrowed his eyes, still not sure this wasn't a prank. He glanced into the hallway, but none of his teammates were hanging around. Was Coach serious?

"Are you saying you're going to put bars on the wall here? Because I don't think the guys on the team are gonna go for that."

Coach pulled his feet off his desk and sat up. "Look, Garret. You've got a real shot at getting a scholarship to play college ball, but the scouts will know you got hurt last year, so they'll be scrutinizing your every move to make sure you're back to 100 percent. You need to prove to them you're still the best tight end in Texas and that there won't be any lasting repercussions from the injury. This is the best way to make sure you can do that."

"Can't I just work more with Coach Gibson?"

He shook his head. "Ballet is the best way for you to improve flexibility and even increase your speed. We can probably arrange for you to have private lessons."

Garret sighed. If, and that was a big if, he agreed to do it, he'd have to figure out a way to pay for it. "Let me think about it." His dad would freak if he found out he was taking ballet lessons.

"I guess that's fair. But I need an answer after practice tonight. You have to start right away if we're going to be able to make a difference before our first game."

"Yes, sir."

Garret nodded and went back into the locker room. The rest of the team had already left, which was fine with him, because he didn't want to have to make up excuses about why he couldn't eat lunch with them. He'd be eating peanut butter and jelly on crackers at home until his next paycheck came in. That was, if his dad even bothered to pay him this week.

Plunking down on the bench, he pulled out his phone. He typed "football + ballet" in the browser and hit enter. The first article compared the similarities of football and ballet, and how ballet could help improve not only flexibility, but also speed, agility, and strength. Pretty much all the things the college scouts would be evaluating him for. The list of NFL players they mentioned who did ballet included Hall of Famer Lynn Swan, Cowboy's legendary running back Herschel Walker, and Al Toon, who he hadn't heard of before, but had been a wide receiver for the Jets.

Maybe there was something to this, but if the guys on the team ever found out, they'd give him so much grief. Brinson wasn't the sort of town that welcomed innovation. Nothing had changed here since long before he was born. If he agreed to try ballet lessons, he'd have to keep it a secret from everyone.

Opening up another window for a new search, he typed "benefits of ballet for football players." One article named a bunch of ballet moves he didn't know but said it could lengthen leg muscles and increase hip flexibility, which helped prevent injuries.

He clicked off his phone and stood.

You had to be willing to take risks to get the reward. He just hoped he wasn't risking too much.

Getting a scholarship was his one and only shot to get out of this godforsaken town, and if taking ballet lessons could help with that, he'd man up and do it.

He passed the athletic offices, and noticed that coach was still there. He stopped in the doorway.

"All right. I'll do it. On one condition."

"Which is?"

"I'm not taking a beginner class with a bunch of three-year-old girls in pink tutus. I want the private lessons." He'd have to find time to work extra shifts at the salvage yard to pay for them, but that was the only way he'd do it.

"I think we can arrange for that, but the tutu is non-negotiable." He paused. "I'm serious. They're mandatory for all dancers."

No. Hell, no.

Coach burst out laughing. "You should see the look on your face."

Without saying a word, he turned and walked out. You had to love a coach with a sense of humor. Not.

*
There were girls everywhere. Girls of all shapes and sizes, filling every inch of space.

Maybe this hadn't been such a good idea.

A cloud of competing perfume smells hung in the air, making it difficult to breathe. He was lucky they even had a boys' bathroom in the place.

His sweat pants and T-shirt were too casual compared to the fancy dance clothes surrounding him, but he wasn't about to wear anything like the girls wore.

Is the hallway getting smaller?

He pulled at the collar of his T-shirt and spun in a circle. Coach had told him to meet someone named Jenny at nine o'clock today, but there wasn't anyone manning the front desk, and he had no idea where to find her.

What if I run into someone from school?

"Are you Garret?" a short woman who looked to be about the same age as his mom asked.

He nodded.

"I could tell by the deer-in-headlights look on your face." She held out her hand. "I'm Miss Jenny."

"Garret Mitchell." He shook her hand.

"It's nice to meet you, Garret. We're going to use Studio Three." He followed her, relieved to be leaving the crowded hallway.

She led him into a small studio, and he sighed in relief when she pulled the curtains across the large one-way window facing the hallway. When the curtains were open, they couldn't see out, but everyone else could see them.

"We don't get a lot of football players." She pointed toward the window. "I don't want the girls to get distracted."

"Thank you, ma'am. No offense, but I don't really want to be seen here."

"I understand you're interested in ballet as a way to gain more flexibility for football, but you're going to have to take this seriously. The only way it will help you is if you give it the same dedication as you do your football training."

"Yes, ma'am." He agreed — it definitely wasn't worth it to put himself through this if he wasn't going to see a significant improvement. No way was he going to do this for nothing.

"I'm going to start out by showing you some stretches, and then we'll go over the five ballet positions."

He nodded, wondering what sort of things she was going to show him. He was an athlete, and a damn good one, so this couldn't be too complicated.

"Okay, stand with your feet parallel to each other, then, keeping your back flat and your heels on the floor, bend forward and touch your palms to the ground, then slowly roll back up."

She demonstrated, and it looked easy enough. He attempted to do it, but with his back straight, he could barely get his hands down below his knee caps. And the back of his legs were on fire.

"O-kay," she said. "Are you feeling the burn?"

"Yep," he managed to grunt.

"So for now, just do the best you can." She bit back a smile. "You'll need to practice the stretches I'm showing you as much as possible to increase your flexibility and lengthen your muscles. At home, at school, anywhere you have a bit of extra time. The more often you do it, the better."

He stood up and sucked in a breath. "Yeah, I can see where that would help."

There was no way in hell he was going to do these stretches in public. She might as well ask him to wear a tutu to school. He did the stretch a few more times, all the while wishing she would move on to the next one, which had to be easier. Surely, she was going from most difficult to least, because he didn't want to consider the alternative.

"Next, let's stretch our arms."

Yes! He was right. This one was easy, as were the others they did on the floor.

But then she said, "We're going to do some barre work now."

Bar work?

Leading him over to the wall, she said, "Prop your leg up on the barre like this, and be sure to keep your back straight and your leg in line with your hip."

She made it look so easy. He hooked his heel over the bar, but he wasn't even able to straighten his leg, let alone touch his hands to his toes like she had. Dang. How is she doing that? His leg was straight, but there was no way he'd be touching his toes anytime soon. Maybe his shin, if he really applied himself.

He wiped his face on his shoulder. How can a bit of stretching be making me sweat so much? He needed to get with the program, and fast, if he was going to impress the scouts.

Garret glanced at the clock and hoped he would survive for another twenty-five minutes.

CHAPTER 2

Once the last dancer left the room, Isabelle Oster flipped off the lights in Studio Six and headed for the staff room. She flopped onto the couch and put her feet up on the coffee table. Though she had more summer reading to finish before school started, she wasn't ready to head home yet.

The door opened and Lauren Sanborn, the ballet company director, swept in. "I'm afraid I've got some bad news for you, Izzy."

"How bad?" she asked, trying to imagine the worst thing Lauren could say. Maybe they hadn't raised enough to pay the deposit for the fall production. Though she hated to ask her father for money, she'd do it if it was absolutely necessary.

She blew out a deep breath. "Texas Northern has an out-of-town performance in November. On the weekend we're performing Sleeping Beauty. So they can't provide us with a prince to dance with you."

Izzy's stomach dropped and she jumped off the couch. She'd made it through the preliminary steps to join Ballet Americana, and the fall production was supposed to be her final tryout. "What? No. Everyone is going?"

"I'm afraid so."

"We'll just have to change the date, then."

Just like that, all of her plans for the future fell apart. Her one chance to show them how well she could dance with a partner. She'd already sent them recordings of her solos, which had gotten her through the first round of cuts. Ballet Americana was unique with their company tryouts. Instead of making the dancers come to them to audition, they preferred to attend a production and watch them in action.

Lauren put her hand under Izzy's chin and met her eyes. "Izzy, we've already put down the deposit for the auditorium. We can't change the date."

Crap!

She blinked back tears. Why did she have to live in the middle of nowhere? Oh yeah, because her father had needed uncontested territory to get elected to the state senate.

"I know you're upset, but surely we can get one of the other girls to dance the prince's part."

Izzy shook her head. "But we won't be able to do the lifts." Lauren knew as well as she did how important the lifts were. Especially for someone like her, who was taller than the usual ballerina. She flopped back onto the couch.

They'd been planning the fall production for months. They'd agonized over the choreography all summer and had done their best to show off Izzy's strengths and minimize her weaknesses. And it had all been for nothing.

"Don't worry, sweetheart. We've still got plenty of time to make some changes to the choreography. We'll make it work." Lauren patted her shoulder and stretched. "I'm outta here. You should head home, too."

Izzy didn't move from her place on the cushions.

She could probably talk her father into paying to fly someone in to dance with her, but she didn't want to have to resort to that. The whole point of being invited to audition for Ballet Americana was that it wasn't something her father could buy for her. She had earned it herself, and she would not give that victory to him.

Somehow, she'd find another partner. There was no other option.

She took a few deep breaths to push back the nausea in her stomach then stood and flipped off the light and headed toward the front exit.

That's weird. Light shone around the closed curtains, but there weren't any classes scheduled in Studio Three this late at night. That's where they usually taught the preschool classes and private lessons, because it was the smallest studio. She stopped and moved back in front of the window. There was a small space between the curtain and the edge of the frame on the right side. After glancing around the hallway to make sure no one was around, she looked through the gap. Jenny was in there with ...

No freakin' way. Garret Mitchell. What was Mr. Football doing in her dance studio?

His light brown hair was short, like most of the football team wore it, and he was tall. Well over six feet. She'd reached her current height in seventh grade, and it had been a long, painful wait for the boys at school to catch up to her five foot, seven inch height. Still, she was relieved when she stopped growing, because if she was any taller she probably wouldn't ever be a principal dancer with a premier ballet company.

Jenny manipulated his legs and feet into something approximating fifth position. He's taking ballet lessons?

Once he — sort of — mastered that, Jenny had him go back to first position, but he tried to force his toes too far out and lost his balance, nearly falling over. Izzy slapped a hand over her mouth to prevent a laugh from escaping. For a moment, she thought about getting out her phone and recording him, but that would be too ...

On second thought ... Maybe, just maybe, it could work. Yanking her phone out of her purse, she crept closer to the window and clicked record.

OMG. This was too good to be true. She could make a ton of money selling this to the highest bidder at school. Sliding the phone inside her bra, she waited for them to finish. The door started to open and she took a step back against the wall so he wouldn't see her right away.

"So you'll practice at home every day, right?" Jenny said as she entered the hallway with Garret right behind her. "Especially the stretches."

"Yes, Miss Jenny." He looked up and caught Izzy's eye and stopped as if he'd crashed into an invisible wall. His eyes narrowed and he tilted his head. "Do I know you?"

They didn't exactly run in the same crowd, but she'd thought he'd at least recognize her. They'd attended the same school since kindergarten.

(Continues…)



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Offsetting Penalties 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
belllla More than 1 year ago
3.5stars It is YA contemporary romance story between two completely different persons although both into sport. It is that just one is rich and dances ballet the other is poor and plays Football. And sport is what draws them together for better agility Garrets starts taking ballet lessons. For Izzy ballet is her whole life and she will do anything to become a ballerina even blackmailing a football player into dancing with her. So they start they unusually relationship from fake to real. Will love be enough? Both Izzi and Garrett are motivated persons and wanting to prove themselves. They have a lot in common even if it doesn't seem on a first sight. They are both interesting well develop, are they selfish I don't know I didn't decide that yet. In the end, they both proved me wrong. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
sincerelykarenjo More than 1 year ago
4.5 ★ – IRRESISTIBLY CHARMING When I first read the premise for this book, I just knew that I would love it. With a handsome football player learning ballet from the beautiful goth girl who blackmailed him, Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews had me completely and undeniably intrigued. I couldn’t wait to start and when I did, there was no turning back… I’d fallen in LOVE. This book is an absolute delight and I truly adored every moment. The writing was fantastic and easy to read. The storyline was fast paced, funny, and charming in every way. I thought the characters were just wonderful and I enjoyed getting to know them. The romance was just so swoony and cute and obviously my favorite part. Izzy and Garret just made my heart so happy that I could not stop myself from smiling. Guess that’s why I finished this beauty in less than 24 hours. I loved Izzy and Garret and shipped them from the very beginning. Not only were they cute together, but they were such strong and talented individuals. While Izzy and Garret both had their insecurities, problems, and vulnerabilities, they also excelled in what they loved to do. I admired that they were passionate about achieving their goals and bettering their futures. Even when dealing with complications in their relationship, I loved that Izzy and Garret never gave up. Romance is my ultimate weakness and I’ve always enjoyed opposites attract stories. The ones where two unlikely people meet, banter constantly but work amazingly well together, and inevitably fall in love. Izzy and Garret’s story was positively endearing and made the sweetest touchdown in my heart. I loved their chemistry from the moment they met and enjoyed watching their friendship develop into something more. From ballet lessons, to football games, to fake dating and to sexy kisses, Izzy and Garret gave me some of the BEST FEELS! Don’t even get me started on the ending…While I did kind of predict what would happen, I still thought it was so cute and lovely and just the perfect conclusion to a beautiful teen romance. Swooooooon!!! Offsetting Penalties is irresistibly charming, fun, and heartwarming. Through all the playful bantering and the cute flirty moments, this book easily stole a piece of my heart. If you’re looking for a sweet contemporary romance with humor and adorable characters, then I highly recommend this book. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute, fun, quick contep romance with football and ballet. what more do you need?
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Another cute YA romance, this one about two people who know what they want after high school but need a little help (from each other, of course) to get there. I really liked both Izzy and Garret--the whole blackmail bit started them off on shaky ground, but fortunately they moved on from that pretty quickly. They're both really good together (not to mention a freaking adorable couple) and each soon comes to respect the other for what they're capable of and realize that when they use their strengths together they can each help to bring the other even closer to their goals. The ending was especially adorable--even though things get resolved a bit quickly and we don't find out for sure what they'll both be doing after high school, there's definite hope for a future together and we see them both moving toward what it was they individually wanted. Plus, football players attempting ballet. Just the images in my mind... :) Offsetting Penalties is a sweet standalone from an author I'll definitely be on the lookout for more from! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Arys More than 1 year ago
Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews is a contemporary novel about opposites attracting. A ballerina in need of a partner and a footballer not wanting to be ousted taking ballet find themselves in a tenuous partnership as they try to reach their goals: one earning a spot with the prestigious Ballet Americana Company and the other a college football scholarship. Isabelle Oster has always wanted to be a prima ballerina. The fall production at her ballet studio is her chance to audition for Ballet Americana especially if she can show her partner work. However, when the male dancer in her ballet studio's fall production is unable to dance with her Isabelle needs a partner and quick. Completely at a loss and grasping for ideas when she spies Garret Mitchell, high-school tight-end, taking private ballet lessons the idea of him being her partner is too tempting to pass up and she's even desperate to resort to a little blackmail. Garrett Mitchell needs a football scholarship if he wants to get out of Texas and away from taking over his father's salvage yard. After recovering from a foot injury, his football coach recommends taking ballet classes to improve his game. Reluctantly he does, as long as it's a secret, however that secret doesn't stay hidden for long when the Goth girl from his high school Isabelle Oster catches him. Soon he is finds himself being blackmailed to making a deal with Isabelle, where she'll help him learn ballet to improve his football and he'll partner with her for her performance. Then when she shows him what he'd have to wear?!...What has he gotten himself into? Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews is a very sweet, fun, humorous, and downright enjoyable novel about two people who seem to come from two different worlds, but are very similar. Both Isabelle and Garrett are great characters who both have similar issues with their fathers. Besides the issues with their fathers and trying to obtain their separate goals, what really filled this story was Garrett learning ballet. I liked Ms. Mathews use of terminology and phrases. It made me feel like I was learning along with Garrett, which I enjoyed. I also think that Isabelle and Garrett are perfect together. The build-up of their relationship was so adorable especially with the banter and Garrett making Isabelle blush during ballet lessons because of how she phrased directions she usually gives to a child in her children's dance class, like pointing "headlights". The ending is really cute! Overall, Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews was an entertaining and purely enjoyable. I would very much recommend and look forward to reading more by this author. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
so offsetting penalties is pretty much all my favorite things in one book that i wish was longer. because i would have read about isabelle and garret for as long as ally matthews wanted to write about them. i pretty much inhaled this book, so even though the actual timeline isn't fast, it felt like the story went by too quickly. but again, this is only because i loved it so. isabelle is a ballet dancer who lacks a male dance partner for her audition to a dream ballet company and garret is a football player who needs ballet lessons to improve his agility and flexibility in order to impress college football scouts. it's pretty clear where this is going. isabelle does have to resort to minor blackmail in order to get garret to even consider her request. but over time he comes to understand how important this is to her, and it becomes important to him too, because he really does care. the chemistry between isabelle and garret is just perfect. they struggle with the same insecurities even as they come from completely different socioeconomic backgrounds. watching them figure out how to relate to each other and how to compromise is what makes this story so sweet. neither of them is perfect, but they might just be perfect together. and i love it. **offsetting penalties will publish on november 6, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (entangled: crush) in exchange for my honest review.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
Offsetting Penalties was such an adorable YA contemporary romance. It reminded me of a YA version of Step Up, which is one of my favorite dance movies. This book was absolutely perfect if you're looking for a light, fun read. After Garret Mitchell returns to playing football after a recent injury, his coach suggests that he takes ballet lessons to help him regain his former flexibility and balance. Desperate for his performance to be good enough to attract college scouts, Garrett agrees on the condition that it's kept a secret. Unfortunately for him, Isabelle Oster, who recently lost her partner for her audition piece, sees him practicing and videotapes him. However, when she blackmails Garret into helping her, she might just be getting more than she bargained for.... I was sucked into this story from the first page. I loved the blackmailing aspect and how both characters dealt with it. There were definitely some hilarious moments in there and I thought it set their romance off to an interesting start. Garrett and Izzy were both such vibrant characters, I liked both them immediately. I also was a huge fan of their romance, particularly because they had to navigate a balance between their dreams and their relationships. Plus that ending was just adorable perfection. I would recommend Offsetting Penalties to fans of YA contemporary who are looking for sassy characters, adorable romance, and a story about pursuing your dreams. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
KaliMcQuillen More than 1 year ago
Izzy and Garret actually have a lot in common but you wouldn't know that by looking at them from the outside. They both have dreams that one of their parents are not 100% behind. They both need help from another person to help have that dream come true. I loved that she took matters in to her own hands to get Garret to help her to begin with but then later apologized. (No spoilers here!) These two working together to help each other *sigh* so sweet!!! This book had me giggling, outright laughing, frowning, sighing, swooning, you name it and it had me doing it. Totally sweet book, even though the ending was a wee bit rushed but nothing that won't stop me from reading another book by this author!
Danii_045 More than 1 year ago
Garret's coach suggests he needs some help if he wants to get back into tip-top shape. He is the captain of the football team and is recovering from a foot injury. The coaches suggestion is ballet lessons. Garret thinks he is joking, but after some persuasion, he takes his advice. Isabelle wants to be a prima ballerina. She is in need of a new dance partner and she isn't above blackmail. Garret and Isabelle are an unlikely pair. He's the popular jock from the wrong side of the tracks. She's the rich girl with a rebellious streak. Isabelle likes to be different and avoids the popular crowd. She has a goth image and people tend to stay clear of her, but looks can be deceiving. Both have passion and are willing to do what it takes to get their dream. I really enjoyed this book, and I liked the fact it taught me something new. Who would have known ballet was the key to football. Rio Ferdinand that's who! According to the online Metro newspaper, he had landed a 5-year scholarship to a ballet school before he became a professional footballer. Isabelle is a really cool character and I loved the goth angle. I liked the family dynamics of these two. Rich girl with the business father. Poor guy with the loving mother. Overall they worked well together because they could offer the other the missing piece. Ballet isn't just for girls! 4 stars out of 5. A good storyline and a nice read. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun and lighthearted contemporary read. It's one of those books that are perfect to read to relax and take your mind off of things. This was like a YA version of Step Up and it worked very well. I liked that the blackmail issue was over with fairly quickly, and Isabelle and Garett started to have more open and honest communication. Their relationship was sweet and progressed nicely. I thought the resolution at the end of the story happened too quickly, so it felt like a bit of a let down, Overall, this was a fun and super quick read. I received a copy of the book from Entangled Teen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun YA that once I started reading I couldn't put down.Two wonderfully strong characters that know what they want and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. College isn't Isabelle Oster's dream. Dancing with the esteemed Ballet Americana is. To see that dream come true all she needs to do is nail her final audition. Easier said than done when she can't find a partner to dance with in the fall show. Garret Mitchell's dream is to get a football scholarship. That's the only way he's going to be able to go to college. When his coach suggests he takes a ballet class to build his strength and agility Garrett's no so sure but if ballet is what it takes he'll do it. He never expects to see anyone from his school there and he definitely doesn't expect to get blackmailed by the crazy ballerina girl. Definitely a book I think everyone will enjoy. I highly recommend it.