Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe

How did I get the book?  I bought it.

Genre: Contemporary

Additional Information:
Part of TBR Pile Challenge 2013

Synopsis: 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.

200words (or less) review: I bought Audition ages ago because I absolutely adore dance and this sounded like everything I could ever want in a book.

Until this year I have avoided books in verse, I think it’s a difficult style to balance right. The book starts with Sara receiving her scholarship and leaving her family behind. She is a country girl and is placed with the younger girls at the start of the book to fix her form. Over time she progresses but Sara continues to remain in the background while other girls take the staring part.

Despite my initial hesitation it is very easy to follow and emphasize with Sara’s story. In many ways she’s naïve and her growing obsession with Remington (and vice versa) makes sense. I will say that the verse didn’t always work for me and my emotions weren’t pulled as I’d expected.

What I absolutely adored was the story and Sara’s character development. From start to finish there is nothing in there I would change and I don’t often say that.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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