The Other Side of Perfect

Author(s): Mariko Turk

Teenage/Young Adult Fiction | May Fiction

A stunning and unique story about healing that offers a gentle hand to anyone who struggles with perfectionism, competition and an all-or-nothing mindset, as well as those who don't understand ambition.

Alina Keeler was destined to dance, but then a terrifying fall shatters her leg - and her dreams of a professional ballet career along with it. After a summer healing (translation: eating vast amounts of Cool Ranch Doritos and bingeing ballet videos on YouTube), she is forced to trade her pre-professional dance classes for normal high school, where she reluctantly joins the school musical.

However, rehearsals offer more than she expected - namely Jude, her annoyingly attractive castmate she just might be falling for. But to move forwards, Alina must make peace with her past and face the racism she experienced in the dance industry. She wonders what it means to yearn for ballet - something so beautiful, yet so broken. And as broken as she feels, can she ever open her heart to someone else?

Touching, romantic and peppered with humour, this debut novel explores the tenuousness of perfectionism, the possibilities of change and the importance of raising your voice. 'A captivating story of love, loss, identity and rediscovering your truth. Perfectly en pointe!' Wai Chim, author of The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling  

Product Information







Mariko Turk grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in creative writing. She received her PhD in English from the University of Florida, with a concentration in children's literature. Currently, she works as a Writing Center consultant at the University of Colorado Boulder. She lives in Colorado with her husband and baby daughter, where she enjoys tea, walks, and stories of all kinds. The Other Side of Perfect is her debut novel.

General Fields

  • : 9781760526252
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin Children's Books
  • : May 2021
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Special Fields

  • : Mariko Turk
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : [Fic]
  • : 336