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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The setting seemed vague, some of the characters interchangeable, the story more emotive than tangible. Read it Forward Read it first.

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Words on Bathroom Walls. And it wasn’t because Sara wants to leave the slow, New England life she’d known. I don’t even understand. I didn’t feel that any of them were invented just to fill space or a stereotype. It flows effortlessly along, and before you know it, its auditio. It was a let-down after the slow-burn of the rest of the novel.

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Their relationship is dysfunctionaland it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. By the end of the book I could tell that she was still Sara but Sara changed by her experiences. Her relationship with Rem is steamy and almost exclusively so. I think a huge reason for the easy adaptability to the style is Stasia’s mastery with it. I find that the space between the words and the natural pauses in poems can lend more meaning than a story told through paragraphs and sentences.


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Audition is a slow-burning, character-driven kind of novel. The way his character is handled reminded me much of the way Cardidad Ferrer handled the male protagonist in When the Stars Go Blue ztasia that’s a good thing. Second of all, Sara was such a flat character, I couldn’t put myself in her shoes. This book is just awful.

Kehoe, Stasia Ward: Audition.

If Auvition open my mouth, It will only remind them Of the imperfections of my limbs. Was it due Dare I tell that since I came here to dance I have been giving pieces of my body away To ridiculous diets, To repeated injuries, To Remington? Dancing is a constant discipline in which dancers strive for perfection with their routines and in their bodies. Review “Sara’s coming-of-age tale is one of passion and romance, colliding with her vision of whom she ultimately hopes to be.

I nearly screamed at her multiple times about how bad Rem was for her, but it took her until nearly the end to realize it. Or will Remington step in and save it all- or will he be thrown away as well? Something Strange Special In the stillness of his breath, The waterlike way he moves. Rem is an older choreographer who at times makes her feel like the most desirable woman in the world, creating jehoe inspired by their sexual liaisons, and at others makes her feel like just a little girl, horribly out of place in his world.

I could feel the heartbreak and the tension and aching muscles through the text as if t Deep down, I have always known that the best way to write about dance is through poetry. Did Sara find her happiness in the end? Overall, Audition is a beautifully written story. Why bother giving herself up for diets, injuries, and even Remington. This may be a kehooe of around pages, but I kehor able to complete it at the speed I would with a book of pages.


I felt burdened by the emotions of it all, yet not at all grounded in the plot, if that makes sense?

He is making a dance. She frustrated me most of the time. At first, she loves being Rem’s muse, but as she discovers a surprisi 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.

Sara is so paranoid that she doesn’t go see Jane once she harms herself dancing.

Posted by S Kehoe at 6: She’s always wanted to be a prima ballerina, but she has doubts. Overall I loved the poetic form of it all, the whole way I was never confused on any matter of topic, and I hope to see more books by Stasia Ward Kehoe.

Soon he starts to use the sexual moves in the relationship as a dance. However, I wasn’t a big fan of Audition. Wtasia was mopey, meek, and miserable.