Wish (Indigo Ballet Series #1)

Wish (Indigo Ballet Series #1)

by Grier Cooper

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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 what's really wrong with her mom, 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.

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BN ID: 2940046226096
Publisher: Grier Cooper
Publication date: 12/02/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 444 KB

About the Author

Grier 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. Grier’s work has also appeared in Conscious Dancer,Discovery Girls, Skipping Stones, and Dance Advantage, among others.

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Wish (Indigo Dreams Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
badkat17us More than 1 year ago
This is a YA book and I really enjoyed reading it. Indigo is a ballerina and longs to get into the New York School of Ballet. But there are other things that she has to worry about as well. Ms. Roberta is Indigo’s ballet teacher and she has a list of things to stay away from and boys are on that list. Indigo is trying to follow Ms. Roberta’s rules and stay away from Jesse but Jesse is the least of Indigo’s worries. Indigo realizes that her mother is an alcoholic. Things are difficult at home. Indigo must keep her grades up, deal with everything that sets her mother off at home, try to stay away from Jesse, and focus on always getting better in ballet. With so much out of her control she wants something just for her and so she begins something with Jesse. Indigo and her brother Brad are constantly watching out for their younger brother Charlie. They live on pins and needles worrying what will set their mother off this time. They try to tell their father but he refuses to listen, making excuses for their mother. Will Indigo be able to get her mother help? Will Indigo get her dream of going to New York School of Ballet? Will Jesse makes things harder or easier for Indigo? Indigo goes through so much during the book. I felt for her no girl her age should be forced to handle so much. The stress of focusing on ballet can’t be helped if you want to succeed you must give it your all and everyone goes to school. Grier wrote the story so well. I felt like I was the one going through everything instead of Indigo. Indigo has a great group of friends. However sometimes she feels as if she can’t tell them things. I think that is something everyone feels not just young girls. I felt so much reading this book. It is an emotional rollercoaster for sure. I look forward to reading the second book in this series to see what happens to Indigo next. Grier is a great author as I said she makes you feel like you are a part of the story. I look forward to reading other books by her in the future. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
In Wish, the reader is confronted with angst, family drama, ballet and romance. At the point where these combine is Indigo, our heroine. Indigo is not strong in the way that Katniss or Tris Prior are, but still she endures hours of ballet practice, takes care of her younger brothers and tries to find support for her mother. Alcoholism is probably more prevalent in today's society, perhaps because it is now recognized as such a debilitating illness. Grier Cooper deals with the issue well, revealing the demise of Indigo's mum; the anger, abuse, and resulting intervention. However, the author is also careful to accommodate her teen/YA audience and this subject is dealt with sensitively and without overwhelming the reader. Throughout the story, we understand how important ballet is to Indigo. Not only is it her escape from home, but her dream is to study at the New York School of Ballet. We are aware that despite her commitment she is distracted during her training because of events at home and this means she might miss out on the opportunity to fulfill her dream. Wish is a clean romance, but the way Jesse and Indigo connect is sweet and although she knows there is a possibility of her leaving she allows her feelings for him to provide her with a release from everything else in her life. Grier Cooper's story is a quick read and I really enjoyed the fact that Indigo's 'voice' is consistent, meaning our attachment to her lasts and we become eager to discover how her journey will continue, even in the sequel. Wish is an engaging read! I received this as a complimentary copy, in exchange for an honest review.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Wish is a wonderful YA novel that follows sixteen year old Indigo Roberts' journey to balance her dream of pursuing a ballet career with a dysfunctional family dynamic surrounding her mother's spiraling descent into alcoholism. Author Grier Cooper calls upon her personal experience as a ballerina to weave a beautiful story set in Darien, Connecticut, and told in the first person narrative by Indigo Roberts, as she struggles to pursue her life long dream of studying ballet with the New York School of Ballet while desperately trying to keep her family from falling apart due to her mother's alcoholism. Wish is an intriguing story that has a mixture of emotion, inspiration, family drama, teenage romance, and richly descriptive ballet scenes that will captivate the reader and engage them to follow Indigo's story. You can't help but feel compassion and empathy for Indigo, her determination to pursue her ballet dreams while taking it upon herself to deal with a loved one's substance abuse is simply stunning. The author thoughtfully deals with the difficult subject matter of alcoholism in a realistic way that anyone can relate to. It is a heart wrenching but inspirational story of love, strength, passion, and perseverance. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the amazing ballet scenes interwoven within the story. The author did a wonderful job of describing the world of ballet into the story in a way that everyone (ballet fans and non-dancers) could understand. As a person with two left feet, I have always been fascinated by the beauty and mystique surrounding ballet, and as I read Wish, I found myself closing my eyes and picturing Indigo practicing at the ballet studio, and dreaming of dancing with an elite professional ballet corp. Simply amazing, kudos on a wonderful debut novel Ms. Cooper! Wish is the first book in the Indigo Dreams Series. It is a wonderful coming of age story about a young woman's personal journey of following her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review. This is the story of Indigo, a sixteen-year-old girl who dreams of being a ballet dancer. Having taken ballet lessons for years, she understands that it isn't something that will just happen without a lot of hard work. However, she is struggling at the present due to family circumstances. Wish tells her story, about the circumstances and decisions made that set her on the path to her future. This was very well-written with characters that were believable and fully dimensional. The storyline was well paced and continued to hold my interest throughout. The romance between Jesse and Indigo actually takes a back seat in the story behind the ballet which makes a nice change in a Young Adult book. You never know which way things will go until you get there. This is not just some "everything is peachy" fluffy book, it is a book that deals with a serious subject, alcoholism, in a very realistic way and shows how it impacts not only the drinker, but friends and family too. This is a very different book that is well worth the time it takes to read. I would like to read more about Indigo and her dreams. Definitely recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I spent a good 7 years of my adolescence dancing. The performing, the athleticism, the costumes, the music- I loved it all. Though ballet wasn't my main focus, I took enough classes to appreciate the extreme talent and dedication it breeds, and how it becomes a lifestyle for many. My dance background, along with the stunningly gorgeous cover is what drew me to Wish, although aside from that I had no idea what to expect, having never read a dance based book. What Wish provided wasn't just a book about dance, but a gutting, heart-wrenching account of alcoholism, emotional abuse, and the weight of a fractured family resting precariously on a teenager's shoulders. I'd like to start with saying that the writing in this novel was very, very good and never felt clunky or over dramatic. Indigo's narrative was honest without being whiny, as she narrates the continued deterioration of her family system that's running parallel with the mounting pressure of the looming date of the audition of a lifetime. This balance of tensions was incredibly well done, and the two storylines intertwined perfectly. Grier Cooper definitely knows her dance terminology and manages to translate the physical beauty and intensity of ballet to the page, which was a task that's undoubtedly difficult, as dance is so visual. Cooper likewise writes Indigo's alcoholic mother with an able hand, as her erratic behavior and viscous treatment toward her children is painfully realistic, and had me cringing and screaming for Indigo to fight back while simultaneously fearing for her and her little brothers. The only aspect of the book that didn't work as well for me were the social ones. Indigo's relationship with Jesse didn't resonate with me and seemed to serve more as a plot point (as it pulls her attention from dancing) rather than a real romance. Indigo's friends were a mixed bag; at times they felt vapid and silly but at other times they really pulled through for her (though there was a large cast of them plus all of their boyfriends and it was hard to keep track of them or feel invested in them at times). It was nice to see female relationships that were constructive rather than destructive portrayed a majority of the time, although there was a mini sort-of rivalry constantly in the background between Indigo and another dancer named Marlene that seemed rather unnecessary. Overall: As a dancer, I loved this book and appreciated the attention to detail. As a reader, I was invested in Indigo's family's outcome and Indigo's future. As a human, I was proud to see the way Indigo confronted the alcoholism running unchecked in her family and how she looked to resources such as Al-Anon for support. I will definitely be checking out the sequel in this series to see how Indigo's family continues to cope and how Indigo herself balances healing herself with her budding dance career.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Fifteen year old Indigo lives in Connecticut with a mother who is emotionally abusive and drinks too much, a father who never comes home, and two little brothers she constantly has to take care of. Her wish is to attend the New York School of Ballet. As Indigo declares, "I've cast my wish out into the world and forces are at work, even now, to make that dream come true." But, between her hectic home life, a crush on the be-dimpled Jesse Sanders, and a nemesis in the form of fellow ballerina Marlene James, Indigo is having a hard time making her wish come true. As problems at home escalate and her father remains oblivious, Indigo dedicates herself to her ballet under the tutelage of Miss Roberta. But when it comes down to a choice between Jesse, her family, or ballet, which will Indigo choose? This book is beautifully written, with simple yet elegant prose and near-perfect editing. There is an ongoing theme of flying throughout the book, and I wish (excuse the pun) this was reflected in the book's title. The scenes of Indigo's home life are heartbreaking, while the scenes between Indigo and Jesse are sweet and tender. Even though this story is complete, I look forward to sharing Indigo's future adventures. I received this book in return for an honest review.