“How It Feels To Fly” by Kathryn Holmes
For as long as Samantha can remember, sheâ€™s wanted to be a professional ballerina. Sheâ€™s lived for perfect pirouettes, sky-high extensions, and soaring leaps across the stage. Then her body betrayed her.
The change was gradual. Stealthy.
Failed diets. Disapproving looks. Whispers behind her back. The result: crippling anxiety about her appearance, which threatens to crush her dancing dreams entirely. On her dance teacherâ€™s recommendation, Sam is sent to a summer treatment camp for teen artists and athletes who are struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. If she can make progress, sheâ€™ll be allowed to attend a crucial ballet intensive. But when asked to open up about her deepest insecurities, secret behaviors, and paralyzing fears to complete strangers, Sam canâ€™t cope.
What I really need is a whole new body.
Sam forms an unlikely bond with Andrew, a former college football player whoâ€™s one of her camp counselors. As they grow closer, Andrew helps Sam see herself as he doesâ€”beautiful. But just as she starts to believe that thereâ€™s more between them than friendship, disappointing news from home sends her into a tailspin. With her future uncertain and her body against her, will Sam give in to the anxiety that imprisons her?
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