Monday, October 22, 2012

Candace Reviews Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe

Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe
Hardcover, 464 pgs.
Published Oct 13th, 2011 by Viking Juvenile 
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Purchased

When high school junior Sara wins a coveted scholarship to study ballet, she must sacrifice everything for her new life as a professional dancer-in-training. Living in a strange city with a host family, she's deeply lonely-until she falls into the arms of Remington, a choreographer in his early twenties. At first, she loves being Rem's muse, but as she discovers a surprising passion for writing, she begins to question whether she's chosen the right path. Is Rem using her, or is it the other way around? And is dancing still her dream, or does she need something more? This debut novel in verse is as intense and romantic as it is eloquent.

This review was first posted on Candace's Book Blog.
 I'm a big fan of verse novels but I think it takes a perfect balance and use of words to make the style work to where you can really feel the story.  Because you're only getting the meat of the story and no extra detail the words used are incredibly important.  And I think Stasia picked a perfect subject to write about.  Her words were like a dance themselves.  The whole time I was reading I was thinking that it was perfect to write about ballet in a verse novel because it was so gorgeous!  
This book is about Sara who is thrown into a new place with new people when she goes off to school to study ballet.  The feeling I got was that she was very shy and didn't talk much.  She feels really insecure since she's from a small town and doesn't have as much ballet experience as the other girls.  She immediately notices Rem, a very cute older choreographer in the studio.  Things progress once he notices her and suddenly they are thrust into this relationship that is all about dance {and dance in the bedroom} and very few words.  Rem seems to not have a lot of respect for her but yet she's so eager, so desperate for his attention.  In the book we watch as she struggles with ballet, school, and her relationship with him.  She has a journey ahead of her to discover her true self and what she really wants.
I think many teens (and adults) can relate to Sara and her need to fit in, to be more, and to discover her true self.  Being a teen is hard but being thrown into a totally new place with only strangers is very hard and once someone gives you attention, well, who wouldn't want that?  
This book has the characters on the cover.  Normally I don't like that because I don't like picturing the people as the people on the cover.  This one is different.  I think they portray what I would imagine them to look like and the expressions on their faces fit perfect.  It's easy to fall for Rem, but yet being on the outside looking in we also see how damaging and wrong it is.  
This book is beautiful and inspiring and absolutely what I want in a verse novel.  The words used, the descriptions thrown in, it was all perfect.  I can't wait for more from Stasia!

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Disclosure: I purchased this book myself and all opinions expressed are my own, I was not paid or influenced in any way.
  Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.

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