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Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe Book Review

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 ci
ty 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? 

When I requested this book from ARCycling, I was excited to read it because both the concept and the dancing aspect sounded really cool. I didn't realize it was written in verse until I received it, but I was hoping it’d still be good. Unfortunately, the plot and the choices the main character made were a major letdown for me.

The main character, Sara, is a dancer who gets accepted into a prestigious ballet school. There, the pressure is higher for her than ever before. Sara struggled so much there with not feeling good enough and several other issues. However, I really disagreed with some of the choices she made, especially regarding her relationship with an older guy. The romance was awful, and I just wanted Sara to see what her actions were doing to herself. It was pretty much impossible for me to identify with her.

For the plot itself, I felt like nothing was accomplished over the course of the book. The main focus was put on Sara’s relationship and the ballet school. There weren’t any noticeable events or changes that occurred in the plot. It was a big disappointment how slow the plot moved. I kept waiting for something big to happen, but nothing every did. The ending also left a lot of problems unsolved, which really frustrated me. 

Also, I didn’t like the writing style. Verse just isn’t for me :( I’d give Audition 1 out of 5 flowers.

*Thank you so much to ARCycling for giving me a copy of this book to read and review! :)


  1. I don't think I could read a book in verse. It's too bad this one didn't work out for you. :(

  2. whaaaat? it's written in VERSE? I didn't even know that and I was planning on buying it. Thank god I didn't.. the synopsis sounded so good and I would have still bought it if it was a prose.. but on top of the verse, the plot and the choices of the main character sucks? I think I'll pass.

    great review, and THANK YOU for pointing out it's in verse!
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

    1. I'm so glad that helped someone! I also had no idea it was written in verse. Thank you so much :)

  3. Oh, boy am I glad I read this review. I had been so excited for this book but VERSE?! Verse is the worst. Hey, that semi-rhymes. Verse just makes it so hard to connect with the story and characters. That plus a boring plot? No thank you. There it goes, flying off my TBR :)

    Alise @ Readers in Wonderland

  4. Such a shame it didn't work for you, hon. I hope your nect read is better! <33

  5. GAHHH....that sucks! I love cute stories like this, but when the romance and the main characters are a letdown, its hard to connect with the book. I haven't read a book written in verse, but I have a feeling I would have a hard time with it just the same as you. Sorry this didn't work out for you! :(

    Thanks for the honest review, Montana! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  6. Sorry it didn't turn out to be so great :/ I hate it when a book sounds really good then ends up being all blehhh :(


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