Genre: Contemporary / Classics Retold
Synopsis: Adopted as babies by two different families, Simone and Hannah have never known they are identical twins. Simone has been raised as a dancer, but she hates performing. Hannah loves nothing more than dance, but her parents see it as just a hobby. When the two girls meet for the first time at the age of fifteen, they decide to swap places to change the role dance plays in their lives. Yet fooling their friends and family is more challenging than either girl expected, and they’re both burdened by the weight of their lies.
How long can Hannah and Simone keep pretending? What will happen when the truth is revealed?
200words (or less) review: Pirouette is the first book I’ve read by Robyn Bavati and I don’t imagine it’ll be the last. It’s an easy read with likable characters, there is a clear distinction between Simone and Hannah and while it’s not exactly hard to predict how this story will end I wasn’t bored while reading.
Das doppelte Löttchen (aka The Parent Trap) I remember from years back, I actually have the original German book in the loft. Pirouette re-invents the story with some key differences, mainly how the girls were split and their family life. Also the dance element, which was one of the main selling points for me, works well.
Simone hates performing, her love for dance having been eroded over years of training. While Hannah loves it, this is the key reason the two of them switch places. I really felt for Simone but have to admit that the ease which Hannah had at leaving her family to go dance surprised me.
Pirouette is a nice book, you might not be reaching for the tissues but sometimes ‘nice’ is exactly what you need and Robyn Bavati doesn’t let you down.