When she scores a scholarship to a prestigious dance academy in New Jersey, despite the hesitation she has about leaving behind her family and friends in Vermont, she knows this is the thing she needs to do to get ahead. And the boys at the Jersey Ballet? Well, they might be the biggest challenge for her. At least, one by the name of Remington is.
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When she scores a scholarship to a prestigious dance academy in New Jersey, despite the hesitation she has about leaving behind her family and friends in Vermont, she knows this is the thing she needs to do to get ahead.
And the boys at the Jersey Ballet? Well, they might be the biggest challenge for her. At least, one by the name of Remington is. And single. It takes little time before the two of them are a couple but it takes even less time before Sara starts to question what her role in their romance is. Does he really love her or is he using her simply as his muse? We get a good voice in the novel, too, which is another tough aspect to nail in a verse novel.
In both books, the main character develops a relationship with a boy that ultimately changes their thinking and the course of their future. But what I liked so much about reading these two books is the synergy between them. Her relationship with Rem is steamy and almost exclusively so. Though they develop an emotional connection at the start of their romance, it becomes much more about their physical involvement than anything else. In the context of the story, though, this makes complete sense: these are two people who are in tune with their bodies on a level most people never are.
The fact that their bodies become the centerpieces of their relationship is natural. She becomes, as she says, his muse. But we could have been shown just a little more. I needed to know him a little more as a character and understand why he would do this. I wanted him to be a little more evil upfront to buy this. I completely understand Sara and her feelings, but I could have used just a bit more here.
Audition is well-paced and because of the verse, it reads quickly, despite being near pages long. I could have done with a little bit of a shorter read, which could have aided in defining Remington more; conversely, I could have probably read another 50 pages if he were developed a little bit more. It makes the story more authentic. Hand this book off to fans of verse novels, as well as those who love a good story about the arts. I'm excited to read Audition.
I've followed Stasia's blog for a while. Thanks for reviewing it. I have yet to read a novel in verse. Maybe that's not something I should admit in a public setting. YOu share my thoughts exactly! 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 needed to see more into Sara than we got. I still really enjoyed it though and it's a great look into the life of ballet dancers. Written by: Kelly on January 6, Comments I'm excited to read Audition.
Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe
Remember Me. 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.
Audition / Stasia Ward Kehoe.
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