Disclaimer: Review copy received from publisher. This in no way affected my opinion or review.
Jasmine is a dancer whose dance group is struggling to rekindle their love of dance. I liked her enough, but she seemed a tad underdeveloped, just too nice and cheerful. She didn’t stand-out for me. On the other hand, I appreciated many of the other characters like Miss Carina, Jasmine’s dance teacher. At the start, she’s very strict but she learns to loosen up a little by the end. Her character journey is great.
There is a little bit of romance in this novel, between the main character, Jasmine and her guy friend. I don’t usually enjoy love stories, but this romance was very cute! Jasmine’s “boyfriend” is a very quirky and funny character and I liked how their friendship comes before romance. The romance wasn’t the focus in Warm Up, even though I really enjoyed it.
This book is quite short at less than 150 pages, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It is a sweet, feel-good story and sometimes that’s just what we need! This book will probably interest readers 10-12, particularly dancers that will relate to their situation. In my opinion, Warm Up would be great for readers of Karen Krossing and Frances O’Roark Dowell.