Jen K’s #CBR5 Review #55: The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

While I had already bought and decided to read this novel before this review by a fellow Cannonballer (which the author even responded to!), the review certainly helped move it towards the top of the pile. While I didn’t love it as much as Jamie, I enjoyed the novel.
The novel is told from the alternating perspectives of Antoinette, the older sister and protector of her two younger sisters, and Marie, the middle sister, the shy one with the most schooling. The family has always assumed that Grace, the youngest, would be the professional ballerina, especially after Antoinette’s attitude got her kicked off the troupe, but after their father’s death, Marie and Grace both end up trying out for positions on the same day, and both make it. Their mother is an alcoholic, and Antoinette sees herself as their guardian, taking care of Marie and Grace to the best of her ability. Unfortunately she meets a boy, who becomes a major distraction for her, Emile, and as a result of his influence, she soon finds herself descending the rungs of society to help him when he gets in trouble.