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.
Verse novels hold a special place in my heart and I think Audition was a perfect match for the verse format. Stasia Ward Kehoe’s young adult debut was inspiring and intense, and I had a hard time setting it down once I got into it. The writing style made it a very quick read and after the slow start, I was soon immersed in this poignant tale of love and ballet. Audition was more than a book about a ballet dancer- there were so many sub-plots that combined to make this a refreshing and unique story that most definitely piqued my interest in researching more about ballet.
Sara is just sixteen when she gets a scholarship to a dance school in
Sara and Rem soon develop a relationship (mainly physical) and Sara’s life changes once again. Rem was an interesting character and while I never truly understood or cared for him, I can see how he appealed to Sara. In addition to Rem, there were several other characters that impacted Sara’s life in some way. From her ballet friends, to her best friend back home, to the host family that took her in in
Even if you have never had an interest in ballet, I think this book will appeal to you. It was much more than a book about ballet, but a tale of Sara’s journey in finding herself and what she wanted with life.
In all, I enjoyed Audition quite a bit. Even though some parts dragged a little and I wished some of the secondary characters were better developed, I am glad I had the chance to read this. Audition was an original and poignant novel that opened my eyes to a world so different from my own. I am looking forward to seeing what Stasia Ward Kehoe writes next!
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
October 13, 2011/Viking Juvenile/464 Pages/Young Adult
Source: Publisher/Author (ARC)