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 don’t read a lot of novels in verse, nor do I read a lot about dance. I found the heroine kind of wimpy and the book cliched. And like, they could have done something with showing how it was harming Bonnie but that was mentioned in a line and then gone. And then there’s Remington. East Dane Wward Men’s Fashion.

The Girl with the Broken Heart. There were pages that had as little as 10 words or so but I actually found those pages to say more, to have more of an impact then auddition of the fuller pages.

I liked that she doesn’t just magically become amazing.

Bess, the practical genius, sending me off. The other ballerinas with their sleek techniques and perfect movement make her feel inadequate and it isn’t easy to juggle schoolwork with all the hours spent practicing at the studio.

I would have liked to kehooe seen more of Julio, the Spanish dance instructor’s son, who is pursuing music.

It’s poetic and lyrical and just so easy to read. Audition is a slow-burning, character-driven kind of novel. This didn’t bother me–it actually read in my head with a staccato feel to it that made the story feel slightly frenetic I have no idea if this was the author’s intent or my own interpretationbut I can see it being distracting to some folks.

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Sara feels lost amongst her peers, who too often are pitched against one another competitively to form true friendship. She seems to do them constantly. The dance world is extremely competitive. But somehow, I did not connect to this one at all. And the boys at the Jersey Ballet? Words on Bathroom Walls. If you wwrd a good verse audltion, go read something by Ellen Hopkins.

The writing is equal parts dancing, equal parts romance, equal parts anguish and inner-turmoil and self-discovery. But does h Audition was an amazing book. Refresh and try again.

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Where were the adults? She feels like she’s finally on the track to becoming a professional ballerina. Then we should also just talk about how flat all of the dtasia are.

I did, however, have a few issues with the characters. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I agree with others who said they didn’t like this cover.

After listening to Stasia speak so eloquently and passionately about dance she’s been a dancer since about the time she learned how to walk I knew I needed to read this novel. 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.

Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe

Although its characters were notably forgettable, I appreciated the romance, plot, and writing style. But we could have been shown just a little more. I didn’t particularly care for Sara as a person as she seemed selfish and uninteresting stzsia times but she was consistent. Rem, the dude, is not an inherently bad person, but he sure sucks at normal, functional auditiln. Audition really explores the attraction of these types of relationships, especially the younger girl-slightly older, very talented, dude dynamic.


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Sara needed this though, to finally realise what’s important to her and why she got into ballet. But what I liked so much about reading these two books is the synergy between them. Not for every day, but war, at that certain season.

But in the milieu of her dance dreams, Sara becomes enraptured by an older dance instructor, Remington. Audition is a long novel but the first-person verse with some exquisite phrasing impels the reader on with the young protagonist on her rite-of-passage journey, sensing her ratified cloistered world of dance, the emotional vicissitudes of first love, the unfettered idealism of youth and the nostalgia for home and childhood.

I love it when that happens which is funny, because my favorite novels have very sparse language, but every once in awhile, I want something different.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. No trivia or quizzes yet. I’ve yet to read one that I did not like. Audition 1 3 Apr 30, Alexa Actionable Analytics for stassia Web. She is his muse. She begins an addictive relationship with Remington, an older aspiring choreographer looking for a muse.