Thursday, October 13, 2011

Audition, Sacrifice, and a Signed Giveaway

Not long ago, I talked about this book:

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 AUDITION
by Stasia Kehoe


You remember what it's about? In case you don't, here's what Goodreads says:

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.

Here's what I said about AUDITION in a roundabout way before I even read it in this post called IF IT DOESN'T ALMOST KILL YOU, IT'S JUST COKE ZERO. And in case you don't want to actually read the post, the gist of it was this: If you're not sacrificing for it, it's not a dream as much as it's just something you like a lot. Okay, seriously, just go read it because that's not all I said. Anyway, the point is that it was the premise of AUDITION that got me thinking about dreams and what it takes to achieve them.

And now that I've read AUDITION (a few months ago, actually), I can tell you that I still feel the same way. Stronger, actually. See, the thing is we have this tendency to blame other people when our dreams don't come true. And maybe, sometimes, it is the case that your dream falling to pieces is not your fault at all. Say your dream is to go to Mars wearing only tinfoil. You can't help it that this doesn't happen. But a lot of dreams (most, even?) are up to you to make it happen. Up to you to sacrifice, I mean. Take...publishing, for example. We all know publishing is cutthroat and it can bleed you of your sanity. For some people, the obstacles become a bit Job-like, and it seems the trials are greater than any mere mortal should be asked to withstand.

But, really, the dream's not over until you either die or give up. If you die first, well, dang. Sorry. If you give up...maybe the sacrifice is just too great. Maybe, just maybe you don't want it bad enough. Something to think about.

It's what AUDITION gets you thinking about.

So while we're on the topic, I should tell you that AUDITION gets you thinking about a lot, actually. Dance, for one thing. And I love dancing, of any kind (except for clogging--that just kind of wigs me out). But as much as this book deals with dance, it's not actually about dance. It's about, I don't know...sacrifice...pain...heartache--all of these things. But all of these things come about because of one thing: longing. A longing for acceptance, achievement, love, affection, attention, success, glory, hope. It pushes the cry of teenage existence to the forefront: See me! In other words, Do not overlook me, forget me, neglect me, or see me as something other than what I am.

Because that's all a teenager (anyone) really wants, isn't it? To be seen and heard and felt. The problem, of course, seems to be that teens don't always know how to go about being seen. Sometimes, this results in a dream that is formed out of a spark of recognition/success. Remember when your art teacher said, "What a lovely drawing, Johnny!" and you suddenly had aspirations to become an artist? Or when you made money babysitting and wondered if you should be a nanny for the rest of forever? It's easy to form a dream out of something that let us be seen for just a moment. So what happens when you start to realize that the sacrifice to achieve that dream may cost you more than it's worth? This is what AUDITION explores in heart-wrenching detail.

AUDITION is beautiful. So, so poignant and sad and happy and alive. It is poetry, yes, but poetry that reads like narrative. Within a few stanzas, you forget you're reading verse, and then the story simply comes to life, like listening to the lyrics of a song. You will find yourself reading the words out loud just to listen to the sound of it, and sometimes you will whip through because you must know, you must, what will happen to Sara. And you will grip your book tight, and wonder, why, why, why, Sara?? But you might then discover that there are boundaries you too might cross, just like Sara, if you were in the same toe shoes.

This was my first experience with a novel in verse, and I can't think of a more breathtaking initiation. AUDITION is tense and edgy and yet it doesn't grip you by the throat--it captivates you with its grace.

Now go get it, so we can talk about it. The best parts of this book are the parts I can't discuss here without spoiling it for everyone.

Also, be sure to check out Lisa and Laura Roecker's thoughts on AUDITION. You might be surprised what they have to say about AUDITION and dreams.

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Want a Signed Hardcover of AUDITION?


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 Click here to enter to win a Signed Hardcover of AUDITION


This giveaway is international and ends Monday, October 24, midnight EST. You must be 13 years old to enter. If you win, you will need to provide an address for shipment. Under 18's must have parent/guardian permission to enter.


This giveaway is now closed. And the winner of a signed Hardcover of AUDITION is:

Veronica


Please email an address to which I can send you your book! Thanks so much to all who entered! Please stay tuned for the next giveaway.

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Also, major congratulations to Shannon Whitney Messenger  on the sale of her middle grade KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES! Woo-hoo! Be sure to wish Shannon congrats!! *Dances*

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See what the other Bookanistas are highlighting today:

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Elana Johnson offers a preview of upcoming awesome!
LiLa Roecker dances for Audition
Christine Fonseca is wowed by Witch Eyes
Beth Revis features a guest post by Darkfall author Janice Hardy
Carolina M Valdez steps up to Audition – with giveaway
Shana Silver contemplates The Future of Us
Carrie Harris is dazzled by Don’t Stop Now
Corrine Jackson celebrates the success of Epic Fail
Shelli Johannes-Wells is psyched for some swell book launches!

69 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway and making it international! I have been reading a lot about this book around some blogs. I haven't read a novel in verse before, but judging by your review it sounds like a success.

    bookdevoteereviews(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. I just love performing/audition stuff since it's the world I came from. I still have to post my own audition stories to cheer up writers.

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  3. Great post and so true. This was my first book in verse to read too. And I really enjoyed it. I think a lot of kids who are passionate about something, even sports, would relate to Sara's sacrifices and internal doubts.

    I'm not entering the contest because I'm interviewing Stasia and giving away an ARC of AUDITION at Literary Rambles on 10/24.

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  4. count me me! i really want to read this. thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  5. Totally dancing for Shannon--wheee! I've been meaning to email you offine...later today, I promise. In the meantime, this sounds lovely. And I can already see lots of parallels with the dream of publishing...

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  6. Oooh, I've been waiting for this one for so long!

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  7. Your reviews are always so captivating! I'm pretty sure you're the main reason my TBR list is so long. :) (That's meant as a compliment by the way).

    This one is definitely a must read.

    Also? SQUEEEEEEE for Shannong, must go visit and tell her congrats now!

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  8. Um, Shannon, not Shannong. Obviously.

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway!!I really want to read Audition!

    Janhvi
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  10. Not sure I would get into this. Does it have any sword fights?

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  11. Sounds like a very sweet book! Count me in.
    veltara(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. Great post, and SO true. Now I want to read this book even more!

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  13. This book looks amazing. And I completely agree about sacrifices and dreams. What's that one quote I heard on some documentary preview one time...? "When someone will not die for something at some point it becomes doubtful what they will live for." Something like that. I don't know if we have to take it to that extreme, but we really do need to work incredibly hard for what we care about.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  14. I can't wait to read this book! It has me all swoony just thinking about it. Thanks for the giveaway.

    erikadlugo at yahoo dot com

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  15. Great giveaway! I'm a big fan of books in verse. I've heard great things about this one too. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  16. THIS-->"But, really, the dream's not over until you either die or give up. If you die first, well, dang. Sorry. If you give up...maybe the sacrifice is just too great. Maybe, just maybe you don't want it bad enough. Something to think about."

    Love that sentiment!

    Awesome review, as always! ^_^

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  17. thanks for the giveaway :) i'm so curious about this book.

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  18. 1. Dang, I hope I don't die first.
    2. Will get hands on this book. Thanks!

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  19. I totally want this book! Wonderful review!

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  20. WOW
    I've been waiting for this longer than I care to remember!!!
    thanks so much for this!

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  21. This book already sounded SO good to me, and you've managed to make it sound even better. I can't wait to read it!

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  22. This book sounds totally awesome! I less than three it! (Sorry about that, I just watched a very potter musical for the first time)
    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Molly

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  23. Ooh! Verse. I'm ready to take the plunge. This sounds like a great place to start!

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  24. these are great points about accomplishing our dreams and what it takes to make it. I think the book sounds fascinating. The only thing I pause at is... in verse? :D tough stuff~

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  25. I so want this! Does it help that I danced ballet for ten years and also write verse? Thought it would be worth a try. :)

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  26. Ohh, I want to read it now!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  27. Love Stasia and LOVED this book!

    P.S. Great connecting with you today, Carolina!

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  28. Having been a former dancer I know all about the pain and hardship. This novel seems to explore the deeper meanings evoked with dance. Sounds amazing.

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  29. I added this book to my to-read list as soon as it came out because the blurb intrigued me and I'd read great reviews. However, I never knew that it's written entirely in verse. I'm big on achieving dreams by sacrificing for them because I honestly believe that there's no substitute for hard work and my motto in life is "hard work never goes unrewarded". Thanks for the chance to read this!

    Sarah Bibi Setar:)

    sarahDOTsetarATgmailDOTcom

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  30. Cute! I love the plot of this story. I'm in. Thanks for the chance

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  31. Its refreshing to see a book where the settings and characters careers are different to the run of the mill we have become accustomed to.

    This is the first I have heard of the novel but it sounds like a book I would enjoy.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries as usual.

    Carol T

    buddytho{at} gmail DT com

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  32. Beautiful review, Carol. I haven't heard of this book before, but it's on my list now!

    I love this sentiment:

    "If you're not sacrificing for it, it's not a dream as much as it's just something you like a lot."

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  33. Everything about Audition seems like it's exactly for me. Can't wait to read this one.

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  34. "Do not overlook me, forget me, neglect me, or see me as something other than what I am."

    This seems to be a sentiment we can all identify with, at least I can!

    A book in verse is very interesting!

    I filled in your Giveaway entry form - and ended up with 8 points!! Pretty good, I thought.

    As you mentioned that we could leave our blog address, here is mine:

    https://thejoyofthewrittenword.wordpress.com/

    If this ends up as a duplicate comment, please excuse that! I have had computer snags!!

    Regards,
    Patricia

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  35. I never thought I would enjoy reading verse, but when I read one of Lisa Schroeder's books, I was hooked. Now i've read them all!

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  36. All I can say is that you are A LOT more generous than I am! I would keep all these books for myself, not give them away!

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  37. AHHH this book is SO on my list!!! Cannot WAIT! I am over from Kelly's blog (how was I not following you before-- I am now)!

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  38. OMG!! Thank you! Thank you for doing this giveaway! Speacially of this book! Love Love the cover! Your review rocks!
    ilepachequin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  39. I feel like I haven't seen anything like this before. Thanks for the chance to read this.

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  40. Thank you so much for the chance to win♥

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  41. Hi Carolina, stopping by to say hello as I saw your link over at Kelly Pollark's blog. I think I've been here before. Looks kinda familiar. Have a great weekend!

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  42. I would love to read AUDITIONS! I really like verse novels. I've read Lisa Schroeder's books. She writes in verse form and their beautiful!

    Vera

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  43. I'm currently reading AUDITION and loving it so far.

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  44. First time I've heard of this book. It sounds very interesting.

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  45. Thanks for this giveaway and it is International!

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  46. Sounds like a great book! I've read a few verse YA novels and I really ejoyed them. I'd love to read it :)

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  47. It's sound great. Thanks for chince win this book

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  48. Sounds like an incredible book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

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  49. I need to read this book. I can totally relate to the whole audition process, though as a singer, not a dancer.

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  50. the book looks amazing, I want to have a break form paranormal books now and I think this book will be right for it. Contemporary that talks about dreams.:))

    hope to win!!;p

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  51. Yay for Stasia! I'm so excited for her. I've been waiting on this one since I heard that she sold it. Can't wait!

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  52. Audition sounds interesting, I would like to read it. Thanks for the giveaway - I posted a link on the sidebar of my blog: http://angel-on-a-move.blogspot.com/

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  53. I was thrilled until you said novel in verse. But, I need to stretch myself and give these types of books a try!

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  54. This has been on my WISHLIST for so long. I cannot wait to read this. Crossing my fingers, and my toes, in the hopes I win.

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  55. wow great review. made me even more excited for this one, lately I've been all about reading about art people, their discipline amazes me.

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  56. I was never any good at dance, but I wish I was. I've seen this around, and I'd love to read it! Thanks ~ Gabi: teddycavygal at yahoo dot com

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  57. You do the best reviews!

    *happy dance* for Shannon!!!!

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  58. What a great giveaway thank you so much this sounds like a great book would love to read it! Thanks for the chance!
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  59. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  60. You know how Kristi right up the top there said that you're the reason her TBR list is so long? Well, I'm reshelving my library right now and all I can say is that there's basically a shelf with your name on it, young lady.

    AUDITION sounds fantastic -- it's definitely making the shelf one way or another!

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  61. Thanks for making this giveaway international! Audition sounds like such a good book!

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  62. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway! I loved your review, I am excited to read this book! I tweeted about this giveaway, here: http://twitter.com/#!/lasha908/status/128110155383574528

    Thankyou,
    Lasha

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  63. I like your review,haven´t read this novel.
    Thanks for the international giveaway!

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  64. I love dance books and this one sounds great!

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  65. Great, great subject. I love thought-provoking books that this. And with my background as a dancer and one who fully understands the true meaning of 'audition', I'm sure I'd love this book.

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  66. Whew. Good to see your blog is back, because it wasn't working yesterday, and I was worried David may have cursed it.

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