Various Positions: A Novel

Various Positions: A Novel

by Martha Schabas
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Various Positions: A Novel by Martha Schabas

Trapped between the hormone-driven world of her friends and the discontent of her dysfunctional family, fourteen-year-old Georgia is only completely at ease when she's dancing. When she is accepted into Canada's preeminent ballet school, Georgia thinks it is the perfect escape. Artistic Director Roderick Allen singles her out as a star, subjecting her to increasingly intensive training, and Georgia obsesses about becoming the perfect, disciplined student. But as she spends more and more time with Roderick, it's not so clear exactly what their relationship means. Is he her teacher and mentor, or is there something more? These blurred lines will threaten both Roderick's future at the academy and Georgia's ambitions as a ballerina.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429961776
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 894,728
Lexile: HL780L (what's this?)
File size: 309 KB
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Martha Schabas trained in classical ballet as a child. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the David Higham Literary Award. She lives in Toronto, Canada. Various Positions is her first novel.


Martha Schabas trained in classical ballet as a child. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the David Higham Literary Award. She lives in Toronto, Canada. Various Positions is her first novel.

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Various Positions 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Realistic trwatment of how girls make themselves into objects when they are yearning for love and approval. Disturbing but truthful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was horrible and honestly just grossed me out. How any fourteen year old girl could be sexually attracted to a forty year old man is beyond me.... however the dancing scenes were good and at moments it really felt like i was getting a glimpse of the ballet world. I never really felt like i connected to the characters at all... so i dont think u should buy this book.
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Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Georgia is definitely not a character the reader will connect to or even like right away. The author took a risk in this book and the risk paid off. The reader doesn't need to like the main character to like the concept behind this book. Georgia's friends are very focused on the romantic side of life and her ballet consumes the majority of her time. When a handsome new director seems to pay her a lot of attention, the reader can rationalize that to a young woman whose whole life revolves around ballet, she might think he reciprocates her crush. The author clearly has prior knowledge with regards to the life of an aspiring ballerina. The ballet school is harsh on its students, pointing out anything from their weight to an incorrect form. Georgia over-dramatizes everything, but the reader will likely be able to relate to that fourteen year-old drama. The other characters were not very easy to connect to either, the reader will feel more as if he/she is looking in on the story than experiencing it. However, the plot is one that is common in schools-male teachers often catch the attention of teens-but still unique with the added ballet aspect. Young adult/teen readers will appreciate this book and stand a good chance of understanding Georgia's trials and drama.