09 February 2012

{Book Review} Chance to Dance for You

By: Me My Shelf And I | 09 February 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | |

Chance to Dance for You

Chance to Dance for You
Author: Gail Sidonie Sobat
Format: Paperback
Pages: 172
Publisher: Great Plains Teen Fiction
Published: May 1, 2011
Rating: 5 Birds

Sometimes keeping a secret is harder than telling the truth.Ian lives in a suburb where everything's the same. The houses are the same, the cars are the same, and their aspirations are the same. But Ian is different. Openly gay in his bigoted high school, Ian doesn?t exactly fit in. But he's not worried - he's been training in dance for a long time and soon he?ll be able to leave town and train to become a professional. Then he falls in love with Jess, the high school quarterback?

We’re back with a review of Chance to Dance for You thanks to The {Teen} Book Scene tour.  Make sure to click on the banner for more reviews and guest posts.  And don’t forget, you can enter to win a signed copy of the book HERE.


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My take: At this point, there aren’t many teen books out there that tackle the issue of homophobia and being gay in such a straight forward manner (and if there are, they are somewhat under wraps). So seeing the synopsis contain “openly gay” made me want to read this right away.

During this story, we get to see the world through the life of gay dancer Ian.  I think that was the first sort of uplifting point of this for me, because not only was it a book about being gay, but it wasn’t about some girl feeling sorry for herself the whole time!  Learning small things about Ian was well thought by author Gail Sidonie Sobat, because not once was it too far delved into.  The pop culture references mentioned a few times were a great little addition as well. 

When Jess is introduced, it’s that instant – you know something big is going to happen between those two – moment.  Because where Ian lives his life openly gay, Jess has to hide it from his father.  So what happens when he starts to fall in love?

What happens to Ian when he truly starts believing that this is love?  Hiding away from the world because Jess can’t be seen in the public eye, or at least in their highly intolerant town…being able to accept himself, but knowing Jess can’t?  Who should have to face such a thing?  And the saddest part of it all is that his best friend can see it all for what it’s worth, but he’s not willing to listen.

Really, to get the true raw feeling and emotion behind this book, you should just go out and get it!  Better yet, click that link from earlier to try and win a copy.

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  1. This sounds awesome! Great review. :) Adding it to my TBR list.

  2. Great review! I so need to check this one out - thank you for sharing! :)


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