Audition

Audition

by Stasia Ward Kehoe

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101547892
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/13/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
File size: 905 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Stasia Ward Kehoe grew up performing on stages from New Hampshire to Washington, DC. She holds a BA in English from GeorgetownUniversity and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University. She now lives in western Washington State with her husband and four sons. Stasia's novels include Audition and The Sound of Letting Go.

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Audition 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
Told in free verse, this book takes the character Sara from the shocking win of a scholarship to dance in a big city ballet, to being thrust into dealing with so many things she was unsure about. She wants to be excited about dance, but she has found writing to be very enjoyable as well and so she feels torn. But this country girl is pushed into the city and her innocent ways are tested. This is a great book for those who want to go into the arts, as well as for those of us who have danced ballet for years.
Katharine_Ann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Imagine my surprise when I settled down to read a novel and open up the cover to discover its written in verse! This was the first book that I've read that has been written completely in verse, and I have to say, it was a complete delight. I'm quite happy that the book didn't rhyme, as I think that would have been to much, but the flow of the verse was extremely natural and very beautiful. I am amazed at how well Sara's emotions show through the verse - I really felt for her and wished for good things to happen to her. The one big surprise I had over this story is that I really expected a romance story, especially because the jacket of the book seemed to be pushing for this. Yet the book is not just about her relationship with another dancer, but it is so much more than that. There is her dancing and schooling and friendships. Sara goes through some really tough moments in this book, and it achieves far greater depth than I could have hoped for. I think that the verse suited this story perfectly, as it really seemed to embody the grace and power of dance through the beauty of is language. Don't be intimidated by the fact that the book is written in verse - it is definitely a must read!
WilowRaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was: very, very happy I read it, even though contemporary tales usually aren't my thing. My thoughts:One of the first things that struck me about Audition is the fact that it is written in verse. One of the second things that struck me was the fact that, even if pages 3 - 458 were written in braille, I would have found a way to finish it. That's all it took - about 2 pages in and I knew I wouldn't be putting this book down any time soon.I should probably stop saying that contemporary fiction really isn't my thing because time and time again, I have found myself really enjoying a non paranormal young adult book. Maybe my view of contemporary stories has been skewed by adult literature. Nay sayers be damned, I have yet to find a purely contemporary 'adult' book that I've liked more then the handful of YA contemps that I've read. But I digress. Audition is the story of a young girl trying to find her place in the world. She believes that studying ballet and moving away from everything she has ever known is the right thing to do. We, as readers find out that she is right but she is also very wrong. Audition is a journey with a lot of possible destinations. Not knowing now Sara's journey was going to end really brought life into the story for me. Have to say, as much as I did enjoy the story. I wasn't too keen on some of the characters. Most notably Remington. I don't think I ever liked him. His relationship with Sara always felt a little wrong. Maybe it was the age difference, maybe it was because it was suppose to feel wrong. I'm not sure but, overall, he really didn¿t' do anything for me. Sara on the other hand was a character I felt fully attached to. Her world and her dreams are so removed from anything I have ever even thought about doing in my life but somehow I still felt a very strong connection to her. I cared about her as a person so that pretty much equals a really great read.Final verdict:A book I might not have picked up on my own. I will forever be grateful to Stasia for offering me a copy because now, not only do I have a fantastic new author on my radar, I have the satisfaction of carrying Sara's story around with me for quite some time.
thehidingspot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
AUDITION wasn't exactly what I was expecting... it was even better.I'm not sure I didn't know this prior to reading, but AUDITION is told entirely in verse. I generally love novels told in this format, but I think it was a particularly good choice for this novel. AUDITION is about the pressures of becoming a professional ballerina while simultaneously leaving home for the first time, living in an foreign environment, and falling for an older, off-limits man... These are all rather intense events and nothing conveys intensity and emotion like verse. Interestingly enough, this format, with it's patterns and movement, almost reminds of a dance, which is appropriate.I've been reading quite a few fine arts themed novels lately (dancers, pianists, violinists, etc.) and each has had it's own twist, but, much to my surprise, I found Sara to be the strongest main character of the group. At the beginning of the novel, I didn't think things would end well for our budding ballerina, but she proved me wrong... and I ended up quite proud of her. I found Sara's story inspiring. For me, the aspect of the novel that was most important is the fact that, even though Sara was so invested in pursuing ballet, she still decided to do what was right for her. Forget that she left home and dedicated hours and hours of her life to ballet: when she realized her true passion was writing, she followed that dream. This might sound suspiciously like she gave up after experiencing the pressure of ballet, but, in Sara's case, she wasn't giving up, but growing up. I think many realize that they aren't doing what they truly love in life, but instead of making the effort to follow their dreams, they don't want to put in the effort or they worry that it's too late for them. I think Sara's story can teach each of us a thing or two about second chances.
missyreadsreviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in my entire history of reading that was written in free verse, unless you count actual books of poetry - which I don't. For one, the books of poetry were always for school and absolutely bored me to death.. not like this book at all. Something else that has absolutely bored me to death all of my life is dance.. which is not like this book at all. If you know me in real life, then you're probably cracking up at my last statement of hate toward dance.. considering my husband's minor in college was dance and he absolutely LOVES it. Talk about opposites attract! Any way, my point is that comparing either one of these things to this book would do this book an injustice. However, not telling these things would also be its own sort of injustice considering how much I loved this book, despite the two things listed above.There are so many good things about this book that I guess I should start with the bad. Well, there is no bad.. which is kind of a bad thing in itself. Why? As a book reviewer, I feel as though I should point out the bad with the good and, if I don't, I feel as though I may not be doing my job well enough - critically enough. To be honest, there was nothing in this book that gave me pause or made me think it's something that should be pointed out. I've even gone and read a ton of other reviews to see if there's something I agree with, and I came up completely empty-handed. So, I apologize for that.Now, let's get to some of the good. Sara is the best. I think I might have a slight girl crush on her. She's an amazing protagonist that is completely driven by her passion and is incredibly strong inside and out. I love that when she comes upon bumps in the road, she doesn't whine or cry or turn into a blubbering pile of blubbering goo or a damsel-in-distress.. she hits the bump dead on, sucks up the bad and moves on with more determination. Even though she is a strong character, she grows and gets stronger throughout the story. Love it. Now... Rem. Hate to admit it, but I kind of turned into a sucker for him and his douche-tastic ways. Honestly? I don't think he's a horribly bad guy, but then again maybe that's the denial talking? He had his nice moments and I can definitely see why a girl would go for him. Definitely a charmer. Some of the characters in the book touched my heart as well, especially the other dancers and their struggle to be the 'best'. I even found the dancing aspects of this book interesting, and I didn't think that was possible.I know I've mentioned it before, but Kehoe's writing in verse is... spellbinding. It really pulls you in from the very beginning and you'll be lucky if you can detach yourself from it at all through any part of the story - or unlucky, considering how you see it. This was a one-sitting read for me and it was definitely worth the few hours of sleep that I missed because of it. If you like verse, you'll fall in love with this book. If you don't, you'll still like this book. If you hate dance, you'll still like this book. It's just THAT good.
Candacemom2two on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of verse novels but I think it takes a perfect balance and use of words to make the style work to where you can really feel the story. Because you're only getting the meat of the story and no extra detail the words used are incredibly important. And I think Stasia picked a perfect subject to write about. Her words were like a dance themselves. The whole time I was reading I was thinking that it was perfect to write about ballet in a verse novel because it was so gorgeous! This book is about Sara who is thrown into a new place with new people when she goes off to school to study ballet. The feeling I got was that she was very shy and didn't talk much. She feels really insecure since she's from a small town and doesn't have as much ballet experience as the other girls. She immediately notices Rem, a very cute older choreographer in the studio. Things progress once he notices her and suddenly they are thrust into this relationship that is all about dance {and dance in the bedroom} and very few words. Rem seems to not have a lot of respect for her but yet she's so eager, so desperate for his attention. In the book we watch as she struggles with ballet, school, and her relationship with him. She has a journey ahead of her to discover her true self and what she really wants.I think many teens (and adults) can relate to Sara and her need to fit in, to be more, and to discover her true self. Being a teen is hard but being thrown into a totally new place with only strangers is very hard and once someone gives you attention, well, who wouldn't want that? This book has the characters on the cover. Normally I don't like that because I don't like picturing the people as the people on the cover. This one is different. I think they portray what I would imagine them to look like and the expressions on their faces fit perfect. It's easy to fall for Rem, but yet being on the outside looking in we also see how damaging and wrong it is. This book is beautiful and inspiring and absolutely what I want in a verse novel. The words used, the descriptions thrown in, it was all perfect. I can't wait for more from Stasia!
nlsobon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4 of 5 stars"In bed at nightWhen I can¿t sleep,I think of Rodya dreaming of horses,Sonya¿s pale face,The misdirected loves of the Bennet sisters.Wish my life were inside a bookSo I could turn to the ending,See if it is a love storyOr a gothic disaster."¿Audition¿ is only the second novel told in verse that I¿ve read, although I doubt it¿ll be my last. The story is about Sara, a high school junior, who receives a scholarship to study dance at the Jersey Ballet. Given her `small town¿ training, Sara has a hard time finding her place in with the other students who have been studying with the Jersey Ballet from a young age. And it only gets worse when she starts her school year at Upton, a private prep school. Having attended public school her entire life, Sara finds herself overwhelmed and alone.Watching as others find company in the arms of another, and hearing about her best friends relationship back at home, Sara finds herself more alone than ever. Until she meets Remington ¿ who is not only older at twenty-two years old ¿ but an aspiring choreographer at the Jersey Ballet. As Sara finds herself falling deeper for Remington, she rids herself of the girl she used to be. Allowing Rem to take her, believing that what they are, what they are doing is much more ¿ that they are creating a dance."Dare I tell them that since I came here to danceI have been giving pieces of my body awayTo ridiculous diets,To repeated injuries,To Remington?And that maybe I think With each bit of my bodyI lose a little piece of my soul."When Sara¿s English teacher pulls her aside, to inform her that he feels she¿s an excellent writer. Sara begins to see a potential future outside of dance, something she never once bothered to consider before. Is dance really the future she wants for herself? Is Rem¿s bed the place she wishes to seek comfort? It takes some time to realize what she wants, but when Sara finally decides what exactly it is that she wants ¿ she transforms into a whole other person, someone with a sort of confidence, someone who is able to let go of her mistakes, in hopes of new beginnings.¿Audition¿ is a stunning story about self discovery and finding the courage to believe in more.Given the relationship between Sara and Rem, I would not recommend ¿Audition¿ for younger readers.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice ballet descriptions. I didn't connect with Sara as much as I wish I had and I didn't really feel her ambivalence towards Remington.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Ballet and creative writing. This one was different than what I expected. Moments where I was like, wait, girl what you doing? Near the end it was like something was missing or left out. Or it could be because I don't read much verse novels. I don't know. The writing was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oddly written with a lackluster ending
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"Kehoe can turn an evocative phrase, like the way she describes the "encrusted hairspray" of the dancer, or the minimalist way in which she describes a dancer's eating disorder..." from The Huffington Post
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book with my friends and we all thought it was a little more focusing on Rem and Sarah's relationship then the Audition which is the title of the novel. I thought that the author could of kept out Rem smoking in the book and I don't like his personality. He seems like he only cares about him and likes to look @ himself in the mirror too much. I honestly dislike him and hope when Kehoe writes more book about ballet KEEP REMINGTON OUT!!
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