Chance to Dance for You

Chance to Dance for You

Book - 2011
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Ian, an openly gay teen, is ostracized in his high school, but he does not care, as he has been training hard to become a professional dancer. Soon, he will leave town to pursue his dreams, and all this will be behind him. But then, he falls in love with Jess, the hunky high school football quarterback...
Publisher: Winnipeg, MB : Great Plains Teen Fiction, ©2011
ISBN: 9781926531113
Branch Call Number: SOBAT
Characteristics: 172 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 26, 2015

Ian, a dancer and twelth grader with a penchant for human rights, is unabashedly himself at all times. Supported by his mother, grandparents and best friend Tilly, Ian has always had the freedom to let everything hang out, even the fact that he likes other guys. But Jess, the school’s football star, is not that lucky. With a homophobic army dad, gay is the last possible thing he can be. When Jess backs Ian up against a locker and kisses him, it’s a shock for everyone. So begins a tormented relationship that seems doomed to failure as Ian is out and Jess isn’t. This conflict shapes their story, and the consequences for Jess if anyone finds out about them keep getting worse. Unfortunately, it is Ian who will have to face them. Quite simply, it’s a book that touches my heart because Sobat highlights the need to expect more from people. That despite sexual orientation, gender, ability, socio-economic status, etc, there are certain standards of how we should treat ourselves and others, as well as expectations we should have. I connected with Ian in his recovery because although Sobat uses sparse sentences, she hits the nail right on the head by capturing feelings of being left behind and having a lot of time to think. Although I found the story pretty basic, it was the actual writing of emotions and experiences that made me stick with it. If it was a typical boy meets girl story then I probably would have found it pretty boring - mind you if it was a typical boy meets girl story there wouldn't have been the amount of tension there was. I absolutely love this book and I couldn’t have picked a better book for my English assignment, and guess who won the best book pick in class? Me.

pockyxpocky Apr 04, 2012

I absolutely loved this book. Although the initial plot is cliche, I like that the author wrote it very realisticly and balanced it with fiction as well

kyotamma Apr 04, 2012

I love this book. It is a unique take on a traditional high school romance. The main character was not only realistic on a three dimentional level, but incredibly relatible to all teenagers. This is now one of my favourite books, and I would reccomend it to any and all people who have a soft spot for a well writen and meaningful love story.

Slayer13 Mar 10, 2012

I think it was over all an okay book but the actions of most of the people in the book just made me angry so I couldn't enjoy it to the fullest.

Feb 29, 2012

I really enjoyed reading this book especially with "coming out" being such a hot topic on show like Glee I really felt bad for Ian and I think the way homosexuality was portrayed was accurate in high schools.

bananamonkeys123 Feb 25, 2012

This was a great book to read! It was unlike any other book I've ever read. It is a unique story with a unique point of view. I definitely recommend this book.

Kuikirylia Feb 23, 2012

Nice light read with good lessons. Solid plot, predictable ending but good all the less. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, easy read.

ArcticFox911 Jan 25, 2012

Its a quick read and a nice story. The main character is very lovable and the ending seemed suitable(not unfinished and not too fairy tale stupid).

oneandonlyaly Jan 23, 2012

This book is amazing and inspirational. It's the tale of of a boy who accepts himself for who he is and doesn't care what people think of him. INSPIRATIONAL.

FamousReading Jan 18, 2012

What a book. It is so realistic. Wow sad story. I reccomend this book for people to read it was very well written I believe.

Wouldn't it be cool if "Ian" guest starred on Glee? Whoseve read this book gets my reference :)

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