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Book Review: Trapeze

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.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

When I was younger, I had dreams of running away and joining the circus. I always felt it would be amazing to move from place to place, getting to meet lots of different people, and work with so many amazing animals. That was until I realized that there would be clowns involved. I am in my early thirties and clowns still absolutely terrify me. 

Trapeze was such a great read. I felt very connected to Corey. The writing is beautifully descriptive and made me feel right there under the big top. I was completely immersed in ever page and could not put this down once I started. 

Ansell knows the perfect way to approach very sensitive topics such as abuse, bullying, dysfunctional families, and sexuality. Trapeze should definitely be on your fall TBR list. 

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.