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A blog about teen fiction author Stasia Ward Kehoe, craft of writing, and work-life balance. When high school junior Sara wins a coveted scholarship to study ballet, she must sacrifice everything for her new life as a professional. Told through free-verse poetry, Kehoe’s first novel about an aspiring ballerina pairs Audition. Stasia Ward Kehoe. Viking, $ (p) ISBN.

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I found it interesting for the first half of the book and after that it was way too much romance for me and it was kinda lame. She would rather be a writer stssia a dancer, but she never tells anyone that dream.

It makes the story more authentic. She feels like she’s finally on the track to becoming a professional ballerina. Ballet is just ballet. But it’s just such a dumb book that I would not recommend to anyone.

I love books written in free verse. My issues aside, the writing was beautiful, amazing, wonderful. Dancing, school, writing, friends.

Kehoe, Stasia Ward: Audition.

She seems more mature than other girls her age since she is living away from home and living her dream while embarking on her first relationship.

Soon enough, she meets and gets to know her choreographer Remington, and figures out that she has become romantically attracted to him. Working out her confusion in her school writing assignments, Sara discovers a new talent, and begins to realize that there just may be another, better dream waiting for her. The intent here is to tell the story as if it was the dance, and the author succeeds for the most part.

As a young adult novel, the tale is perfectly set in a time of discovery and self-awakening.

She has been given a scholarship to study at a prestigious dance academy in the big city. The Girl with the Broken Heart. Is Rem using her, or is it the other way around? Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Oct 28, Nomes rated it liked it Shelves: But does he feel the same way?


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Audition is well-paced aucition because of the verse, it reads quickly, despite being near pages long. I needed to see more into Sara than we got. This is not one I’m even going to bother reviewing on my blog. Return to Book Page. They could have been a lot more developed if the writing wasn’t as emphasized.

I felt the development of the characters was done well. Books by Stasia Ward Kehoe. For those who do not mind reading stories in verse, you will breeze through it and aucition its lyrical writing just as I did, but if As I used to participate in dance classes and I love watching the art form audiition, I adore stazia stories about dancing. As someone who danced for 17 years, I have probably never thought so much about port de bras as Sara does. Even then, I would have liked more developmentof at least one of them.

I do wish for some kind of closure, an end to certain things, but overall I did enjoy this book. My detachment to the characters was also one of the factors why this book didn’t make me feel anything. This is not expected just by her parents, but things Sara expects of herself. Just not a fan overall.

Remington is probably one of the most selfish, egocentric character I’ve the displeasure of reading. Everything in this book was centered around Sara, the main character. Is Rem using her, watd is it the other way around?

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Jul 13, Anna rated it it was ok. I still need to review this one, but I agree-I wanted more with Rem and why he was attracted to Sara and that whole relationship.


I love how these books play with form and how the sparseness can sometimes hit me harder than prose. I’m not saying that I don’t like novels in verse, I do, but this book was just words with random spacing, there was no deliberate pattern or rhythm to the “poetry” which is what I like in novels in verse.

Given how much her character seems to like reading, you would think she would know that. Let me tell you this book did not disappoint. Can she find fulfillment in the dances she does perform, or will she be stuck giving away her body and soul day after day without ever feeling quite good enough to achieve her dreams?

Xtasia 08, Brittany rated it really liked it Shelves: Nov 06, Heather rated it did not like it Shelves: Oct 13, Pages Young Adult Buy. But does h Audition was an amazing book. Keyword Title Author Topic.

See 1 question about Audition…. And then there wasn’t even a satisfying ending. Hand this book off to fans of verse novels, as well as those who love a good story about the arts. I finished it, but kehow through strength of will as I was completely bored to tears by the time I reached the end. The whole thing was about a 22 year old male and a 16 year old dancer having a regular and lengthy sexual relationship with no consequences.

Jan 18, Sara rated it liked it Shelves: Somehow, these two had a numbing effect on me. The writing says so much with such few words and is emotionally satisfying and fast to read.