Like Hannah, the main character in Bunheads, I'm not a ballerina. Unlike Hannah, I freaking hate ballet. I can do it, don't get me wrong. But man is it boring. To perform and watch. Yeah I said it.
However, I love reading about and watching ballet focused media because traditionally that's where all the drama lives. It's a profession that causes eating disorders, severe competition, and has a cutoff age that makes Hollywood standards seem realistic.
In the opening of Bunheads, by Sophie Flack, Hannah tells us that she is a ballet dancer, not a ballerina. Ballet dancers are part of the corps, while ballerinas are the ones who succeed beyond that in a life that is somehow more occupied than that of the busy busy busy corps dancer. But as you read through her story, you realize she's slowly morphing into a ballerina.
I enjoyed it though. I read it in one sitting, maybe about 2.5 - 3 hours combined, with some Facebook chatting on the side. There are some funny parts, some swears, and some tiptoeing around the topic of sex, so I'd say that it's that Bunheads is definitely geared toward a middle school/early high school audience.
There's a show on ABC Family called Bunheads with Sutton Foster. Apparently they are not connected. But I'll probably still watch.