Trapped between the hormone-driven world of her friends and the discontent of her dysfunctional family, fourteen-year-old Georgia is only completelyat ease when she's dancing. When she is accepted into Canada's preeminent ballet school, Georgia thinksit is the perfect escape. Artistic Director Roderick Allen singles her out as a star, subjecting her to increasingly intens
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Dude, that was a really weird book.
Weird in the way that you're going to remember it, but not in a good way.
I mean, it sounds about right to me.
VARIOUS POSITIONS had a really strange plot, because it wa ...more
That was... odd. Weird. Uncomfortable. Utterly not what I thought I was getting: a book about ballet dancers at an exclusive academy. This made me think quite often of last year's movie Black Swan
I spent a fair amount of time picking through this novel when I was done. Why did it have to play out the way it did?
I h ...more
Martha Schabas is a wonderful writer and she weaves a tale filled wi ...more
Georgia infuriated me. She is supposedly a fourteen ...more
I couldn’t help but suspect that this was more than a coincidence. It was like Roderick knew what those girls were up to. They came into the studio, leotards snug on their bodies, and flaunted the sex that was taking over their insides. They had boobs, and you could tell they were proud of them, didn’t care who knew. Roderick hated it. It was an insult to ballet. It turned the line of an extended leg into something impure, made pervs out of everyone.
Various Posi ...more
Georgia is a young, inexperienced in the ways of the world, girl who has just been admitted into a ballet academy. It is obvious during the first few chapters before she enters the academy that because she is so involved in ballet and her dance c ...more
This book was horrifying. I finished it, however only because I was so horrified that I couldn't stop reading. The entire thing reads like an explanation as to why statutory rape isn't wrong becau ...more
First and foremost, I did not find it quite as shocking as others seemed to. Perhaps a function of my upbringing, and as having grown up with a parent very much like Georgia's mother, I found this novel truthful. While I am not a dancer and I have not read all that much about the world of dance, the physical and emotional pressure throughout felt real to me. I don't think Martha Schabas could have done a better job.
Are these authors who write this stuff serious? How does this nonsense get published and marketed ...more
Georgia is only fourteen, immature, and immersed in the world of ballet. She jumps at the chance to join a Canadian ballet school and escape her house, where her mom is slowly going crazy and her dad is constantly absent. She's innocent, but her actions in the book just ...more
If you're expecting a mild, sentimental drama about young girls at ballet school, and if that's what you ...more
Various Positions is a tough book to classify. The main character is 14 but has some very adult thoughts when it comes to sex. She’s fantasizing about her dance teacher, watching porn on the internet, and buying lingerie in hopes of someone seeing it. It’s an interesting juxtaposition from the character we meet initially. Georgia is skittish when it comes to her friends talking about sex and kissing and then she secretly begins to obsess with th ...more
Well, I was happy to find that that line is an anomaly - overall this book is very well written. And the story is compelling - I quickly got pulled into Georgia's life as a ballet student, wh ...more
I think that this book is very beautiful and also very brave. It shows the insid ...more