“Have you ever had an addiction? An obsession? Have you ever wanted something so much that you can’t imagine your life without it? For me, that’s dance.”

En Pointe by Chloe Bayliss is a beautiful real-life story of hope and chasing your dreams even at the hardest of times. It’s a book of achievement and inner strength. Of pushing yourself and never giving up, no matter how many times you get knocked down.

As someone battling chronic illness this book perfectly captures my emotions. It reflects my hopes and fears. The days spent in hospital, in bed at home, and chasing my dreams.

“This is a story about never giving up on your dreams, no matter what life throws at you.

Chloe Bayliss was born to perform and thanks to a lot of hard work and determination, she’s on her way to being a ballerina. At sixteen, she gets accepted into an international dance school and everything she dreamed of is about to come true.

But then overnight a mystery illness takes Chloe from starring in Swan Lake to clinging to life in a hospital bed.

Never in her wildest dreams could she have imagined the hurdles she would face – but also how she would eventually triumph. Against all odds, she finds a whole new way to flourish, and despite the challenges she faces, Chloe never stops dreaming big.

En Pointe is the real-life story of how an aspiring ballerina became an inspiring young actor after overcoming a life-threatening illness.

Miracles really can happen, even if they’re not the ones you asked for.”

En Pointe is fast paced and easy to dive into even if you know nothing about dance or chronic illness. The writing style was simple which I liked since it made En Pointe easy to read and hard to put down. You need to know what happens next. It’s an incredible emotional journey with many different dynamics from characters to settings.

I give En Pointe ⅘ stars. It’s inspiring and gives me hope for my future. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a book that portrays the reality of living with a chronic illness.

Disclaimer: not all chronic illnesses are the same and are diverse and complex. I do not have the same illness but it’s easy to relate to the themes.

Thank you @ausyabloggers and @panterapress for this opportunity. This is an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.