I am so excited to be a part of the Aus Ya Bloggers Blog Tour for En Pointe by Chloe Bayliss. Thank you to Aus YA Blogggers and Pantera Press for this opportunity!
Here’s some information about the book:
“Have you ever had an addiction? An obsession? Have you ever wanted something so much that you can’t imagine your life without it? For me, that’s dance.”
This is a story about never giving up on your dreams, no matter what life throws at you.
Chloe Bayliss was born to perform and thanks to a lot of hard work and determination, she’s on her way to being a ballerina. At sixteen, she gets accepted into an international dance school and everything she dreamed of is about to come true.
But then overnight a mystery illness takes Chloe from starring in Swan Lake to clinging to life in a hospital bed.
Never in her wildest dreams could she have imagined the hurdles she would face – but also how she would eventually triumph. Against all odds, she finds a whole new way to flourish, and despite the challenges she faces, Chloe never stops dreaming big.
En Pointe is the real-life story of how an aspiring ballerina became an inspiring young actor after overcoming a life-threatening illness.
Chloe has an extensive background in dance and choreography, having graduated from the National College of Dance with a Diploma of Dance and Performance. Her life as a dancer has taken her all over America and she now extends her knowledge to students and performers throughout Australia by running workshops, teaching and judging dance scholarships.
Here’s My Review (as always, spoiler free):
While I’m usually more of a fictional character kind of person, the first line of En Pointe’s synopsis intrigued me. “Have you ever had an addiction? An obsession? Have you ever wanted something so much that you can’t imagine your life without it?” the first thing I thought was ‘oh my gosh yes, yes i have’ and in that minute, I decided that I had to read this book.
If you know me at all, you know that I’m a dreamer, that my entire life revolves around the ideas I’ve got in the back of my head. I live for inspiration, I live for the hope that one day I can be more than just the 17 year old high school girl that I am, and here was this book about a strong young woman who lived for her dreams and fought for them despite everything that the world threw at her, going on to be successful and happy with her life.
I had to read it. I had to.
And so I did.
In En Pointe, Chloe Bayliss maps out her life in ink and navigates you through it by the hand. She shares with you her deepest, most personal stories, discussing her friends, her family, her first kiss and her life’s purpose – dance. And while the path on this map starts off as a steep incline, taking you through all the hard work and dedication that Chloe put towards achieving the treasure that is her dancing dream, this path quickly tangles up on itself. Soon it’s no longer a map to the treasure, it’s a maze, the hardest, most complicated and terrifying maze that life can throw at you with both Chloe’s dreams and the rest of her life stuck in the middle of it.
The main focus of this book is Chloe’s battle with her illness, revealing the extremely difficult time that she and her family went through while she was being treated in hospital. It gives you the inside view of Chloe’s head as she is put through test after test, as her condition improves and worsens, and as her future as a dancer becomes extremely uncertain. It highlights the importance that friendship and support can hold in the most difficult of times, and the struggles of fighting a battle against your illness, especially when you don’t even know what it is.
Chloe’s story of strength and passion is extremely inspiring, and left me closing the book with tears in my eyes. Every aspect of this book is real and raw, showcasing Chloe’s life in the most authentic voice it could – her own. It leaves you wondering about your own dream, the obstacles that might get in your way, and what you’ll need to overcome them and shape your life the way you see fit. It teaches you to let nothing, nothing, get between you and what makes you happy – even if what makes you happy changes over the course of your life.
An incredible story, told by an incredible person. En Pointe is not a book that I will forget soon and I hope that everyone has a chance to read it.