This month’s Ballerina Book Club read is “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett.
As part of our “Reading Diary” series, we corresponded with New York City Ballet dancer (and friend of Ballerina Book Club) Victor Abreu about his thoughts on the book. You can catch Abreu in performance at the New York Theatre Ballet this April as he awaits the return of his favorite ballet, “Swan Lake.”
Did you have a favorite character in “The Vanishing Half”? Least favorite?
I am flip-flopping between Jude or Early Jones to be my favorite character. Just for the sheer fact that we love to see someone loving a person for who they are and also seeing a healthy long-distance relationship.
It’s also hard to choose a least favorite character because each character did what they did for a reason. If I had to pinpoint one instance, I would say Blake for not understanding Stella wanting to work.
What was the most memorable thing about the book?
Each character had their problems, but it wasn’t something you could be mad at. Society and race is a sensitive topic. Knowing what the right thing to do but saving face is something we can all relate to.
Was there anything that puzzled you or you disagreed with?
Nothing puzzled me too much because I could find a part of who I am in each of these characters.
Something I will add is, although I love the subject and how each character had complex lives, I’m not a huge fan of the writing style/many time jumps. For some reason, it made it harder to connect to the characters, even though they were written well.
What’s your favorite book you’ve ever read?
My favorite book as of now is “Red, White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston. It is not a literary, deep book — more of a light, character-driven, cute, funny romance. I am a sucker for anything romance!!!
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Top Image: Victor Abreu. Photo by Erin Baiano. Courtesy Victor Abreu.