This is an autobiography by the first ever principal dancer that is a black woman in American Ballet Theatre's 75 years history --- Misty Copeland. A sentimental but strong and youthful girl , with inconceivably messy family background whilst living under an inadequate living condition as a child -- apparently was penniless, but never lost 2 things in any time of her life -- passion and dream. Challenges in her life never cease even now, when she's already successful -- if any hope and opportunities pop up, she grasp them -- with enthusiasm and ambition -- to face the challenges, to stride closer to her dream -- no matter when, or where.
This book is suitable for any reader who has a capable reading level, not just for ballet lovers; it is definitely not filled with chicken soup as well -- it's not only inspiring -- Copeland puts a self-experienced story in front of your eyes like a movie. Copeland never tells you what is enthusiam, what is ambition -- she shows you HOW to fulfil them.
Copeland is very skilled at merging her very own opinions into the story, you can barely feel like she is overstating or exaggerating anything -- however all the influences this book can bring are immense and they will be stuck with you forever. It is a pleasant read and very often, worths a while to think about. At the same time, it is a great story! It is interesting! Although it is mainly around Copeland, when you read about the other characters, you will feel like you have known them for years! You will absolutely enjoy exploring the sentimentality and power from Copeland and her mother; the generality and boldness from Cindy -- Copeland's greatest mentor -- her first teacher...
Obviously Copeland is a ballerina, not an author - it can be a good and a bad thing. When I was reading the book I felt really close to her, I can imagine her flaring on stage, lilting in front of the mirror and sometimes tripping over continuously... Nonetheless, as a reader I reckon that it is important that Copeland involves more things that are relatable to us -- the ballet terminologies can really confuse the readers, and there are quite a lot of them, especially in the beginning, the readers may not feel like to keep on reading; and also some word choices are a bit over-meticulous.
Anyways, it is probably one of my favourite books of all time, it is good for a bedtime read, for afternoon teatime and any other time! The book leaves your nerves and eyes no gap to relax, you just keep travelling in Copeland's magical time machine -- in a not too tense but enjoyable way.
Be ready to be mesmerised with Copeland and her story, don't hesitate if you just worry that you are clueless about ballet -- anything that you want to read about is flowing across the pages and you shall feel it by heart -- it is cheesy, but it is true!
I will really give this book a 6 stars rate even if it's out of 5 stars.