Turning by Joy L. Smith


Genie used to fouetté across the stage. Now the only thing she’s turning are the wheels to her wheelchair. Genie was the star pupil at her exclusive New York dance school, with a bright future and endless possibilities before her. Now that the future she’s spent years building toward has been snatched away, she can’t stand to be reminded of it—even if it means isolating herself from her best friends and her mother. The only wish this Genie has is to be left alone.

But then she meets Kyle, who also has a “used to be.” Kyle used to tumble and flip on a gymnastics mat, but a traumatic brain injury has sent him to the same physical therapist that Genie sees. With Kyle’s support, along with her best friend’s insistence that Genie’s time at the barre isn’t over yet, Genie starts to see a new path—one where she doesn’t have to be alone and she finally has the strength to heal from the past.

But healing also means confronting. Confronting the booze her mother, a recovering alcoholic, has been hiding under the kitchen sink; the ex-boyfriend who was there the night of the fall and won’t leave her alone; and Genie’s biggest, most terrifying secret: the fact that the accident may not have been so accidental after all.

My Review:

What happen when you fall off a two story building?

Genie life has always been about ballet. She loves making up dance moves as well. Then one night she accidentally falls off a building. Now he dreams seem to be over. Slowly to disappear from her friends, and start lashing out at her mom who is trying to help. She becomes stubborn over time and forcing herself to become independent again in a wheelchair. Genie just has to learn to accept help and figure out to do without ballet.

I thought Turning was a very realistic read about someone in a wheelchair. I thought it handle Genie disability very well and her emotional journey throughout the book. She find confront in Kyle who been in an accident also and he seem to understand her. Hopefully Genie will learn more she can do more then just dance. Also I thought the cover was very stunning. This book are prefect for fans who love dance reads.

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