Trapeze by Leigh Ansell is a YA Contemporary Romance surrounding a circus!
“How do you trust the ground when all you’ve known is flight?
In this breathtaking debut, Leigh Ansell has created a compelling, heartbreaking, and truly engaging story about a young girl used to flying high only to be faced with living life with her two feet firmly on the ground . . .
Seventeen-year-old Corey Ryder can’t remember a time when she wasn’t gliding through the air of Cirque Mystique’s big top. As a trapeze artist in a traveling circus, Corey wakes up every day in a different place, buzzing for the moment she can suspend gravity during the night’s performance.
When the circus pulls into small-town Sherwood, California, everything seems normal—aside from meeting the exceptionally cute Luke Everett at a local diner. But that night, in the midst of the performance, tragedy strikes and flames overtake the tent. While Corey narrowly escapes, in the ashes of the circus pitch lies the only home she’s ever known.
Repeatedly thrown out of her comfort zone, Corey must learn how to push toward her future without forgetting her past, what it means to be a daughter to a mother she’s never known, and how to navigate the confusing magic of first love, even as she performs the high-wire act of being true to who you really are.”
Published: 10 September 2019
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
How I Read It: eARC from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*
I love circus books! Like, if I see anything surrounding one, I am immediately intrigued.
We follow a traveling, teenaged trapeze artist as she navigates through a small town. There, she meets a cute boy at the local diner and doesn’t realize that her quick trip through the town will turn into a more permanent residence. After tragedy strikes and old connections are regrown, her life becomes more than the circus.
This book is about family ties, tons of young love, and just growing up in a more “normal” life.
I gave this one 3 out of 5 stars. Some of the writing seemed a bit hashed out and more on the bland side. I loved when we got to learn more about her life as a trapeze artist and the circus vibes.
I think this is a lighter, YA Contemporary Romance that combines circus with high school life.
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