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Sunday 1 December 2019

Review: En Pointe

En Pointe: A true story of hope, hardship and never giving up on your dreams is a revelation to read. This is an inspirational, heartfelt memoir suitable for ages 12 to adult.

Written by Australian author, dancer and actor, Chloe Bayliss, En Pointe is bursting with hope, persistence, growth, and ultimately, joie de vivre, the joy of living one's best life. It is my favourite book of the year, and my 12 year old daughter's (a feat never achieved by any other book), leading to wonderful discussions.

The story begins at one of the highest points in the author's teenage life, auditioning for and being accepted into an International Dance School, when suddenly everything changes. A mystery illness renders Chloe unable to walk more than a few paces. Her world of dance and music is suddenly replaced by hospital beds and beeping machines.

Chloe's story definitely does not end here. This determined teen, with the support of her family and the medical team, begins the longest and most difficult journey of her life, the journey to recovery. Along the way, Chloe discovers the spark that drives her forward with every step, and realises there is more than one way to reach her dreams.

The author's writing style is honest, like sharing a story with a friend, drawing readers in to understand and empathise with her experiences. Highly recommended for anyone questioning their path in life or facing challenges that sometimes seem insurmountable.

Title: En Pointe
Author: Chloe Bayliss
Publisher: Pantera Press, $24.99
Publication Date: 16 September 2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925700756
For ages: 12+
Type: Young Adult Memoir