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Polarity in Motion

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Fifteen-year-old Polarity Weeks just wants to live a normal life, but with a mother diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, that’s rarely easy. Her life gets exponentially more disastrous when her sixth-period history classmates start ogling a nude picture of her on the Internet. Polarity would never have struck such a shameless pose, but the photo is definitely of ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published December 2014 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC
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    Brenda Vicars I love your question! And the same thing was on my mind when I wrote the book and as the characters, especially Polarity and Ethan, developed. What…moreI love your question! And the same thing was on my mind when I wrote the book and as the characters, especially Polarity and Ethan, developed. What would it be like? Could anything be more devasting? (less)
    Brenda Vicars Yes. I'm working on Polarity in Love. This new book is taking Polarity and Ethan's relationship to a new, more complex level. But beta readers who…moreYes. I'm working on Polarity in Love. This new book is taking Polarity and Ethan's relationship to a new, more complex level. But beta readers who read the first draft pushed back at me. They kept coming up with probing questions about Ethan--wanting to have a better take on what's really going on with him. For months I struggled to find Ethan's voice and to find the courage to write from his perspective. Finally, his voice emerged, and some of the chapters are from his perspective. I was never more scared as a writer as when his first passages came to me--and never more fulfilled as I am now that they are on the page. His sections are different from anything I've ever written, and now I see that I created Polarity as a passage to lead to the story of Ethan.(less)
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    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Red Adept Publishing and NetGalley.)

    "Attention, please. Attention. This is Mrs. Sanchez speaking. Polarity Weeks, report to the office. Polarity weeks, report to the office immediately."

    This was a YA mystery story, about a girl who had a naked photo of herself put onto the internet.

    I felt quite sorry for Polarity, because none of what happened was her fault, and it was also really embarrassing for her
    Feb 18, 2015 Meghan rated it it was amazing
    It's very rare for me to finish a book and not have words to express how I feel about the story. Usually, I gush all over it or scream from the rooftops about what made me hate it, but this ... I think I'm still recovering.

    I picked this book up two nights ago, planning to read a few chapters before I went to sleep. Next thing I knew, I was finishing the story and it was somewhere around 2:30 in the morning.

    The characters were interesting and, with each "turn of the page," I wanted to know more
    Apr 27, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing
    Polarity In Motion

    Brenda Vicars

    Digital copy of this book received from the author for an honest review.

    Oh my goodness.......POLARITY IN MOTION wrecked my heart the whole time I was reading. Once I started reading, I was instantly hooked on Polarity and what that poor girl was going through. I read this heartbreaking story in one sitting. I couldn't stop flipping the pages and I had to know what was going to become of Polarity. Nothing that happened was her fault and you couldn't help but cheer f
    Feb 11, 2015 Joanne rated it really liked it
    Polarity in Motion is a truly wonderful, touching and thought provoking read.

    The main story arc centers on the mystery of who posted the naked pic of Polarity online, and that alone was intriguing enough to keep me turning the pages. But there is so, so much more to this story than that. Polarity's quest to unravel the who's, why's and how's led her on quite the eye-opening journey -not an easy journey but a hugely significant one.

    Polarity was a superb protagonist. She held her own throughout wh
    Cynthia Koukol
    May 16, 2015 Cynthia Koukol rated it it was amazing
    I'm at a loss for words! I have never been so moved by a book before. This book was very enlightening to a lot of what takes place to others around us. The situation that the main character finds herself in, though unfortunate, was a learning experience. Not just for her but for me as well. I realized very quickly in this book how I choose to be blind to those situations of others. There was a quote in the book that for me was very a powerful voice for the book: "We, the priviledged majority, ...more
    Tamara Philip
    Mar 25, 2015 Tamara Philip rated it it was amazing
    Brenda Vicar's Polarity in Motion is my hands down favorite book of 2015! and yes I know it's not even April yet but I'm calling it anyway and I'm confident that my mind won't be changed very easily. This book was smart, had heart and was beautifully written. After reading it, I ran around telling anyone who would listen how great it was and I don't usually do that.

    From the explanation of the main character's name- Polarity to her mother's illness it was handled with such a breath of fresh air
    Jul 27, 2015 Abbie rated it liked it
    Shelves: read-to-review
    (I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

    I felt quite sorry for Polarity, as being told a nude picture of you was going around the school, when you have no idea how it was taken, would be awful.

    This was an okay read, but I found it a bit slow. After a bit, I started to lose interest as well, as I just wanted answers, and it felt ike it took a while to get them.

    Overall, An okay read, but felt a bit longer than it was.
    Ryan  Buckby
    Jul 30, 2015 Ryan Buckby rated it it was amazing
    someone on goodreads contacted me and told me that the author of the book was looking for people to read and review her book so i thought i'd take the opportunity to be able to do so. before you go any further with reading this review i strongly reccommend you go read the book before you take a look at my review as i will be spoling some very important plot points in the novel.

    this book was honestly one of the best books i have read this year and it would have to be my favourite book of the yea

    Well! This was certainly not what I was expecting. This was a fabulous read. Kept me turning pages and away from PC all day today, I think my online friends sent out a search party for me!

    Nude photographs, who dunnit.

    When Polarity discovers people purring over a photo of herself naked, she is in so many emotional places at once, she would NEVER EVER do this, just where did this come from, who did this.

    A Mother with a black or white perception on life, no gray areas, does not help.

    She's taken awa
    Jennifer Adamson
    Aug 19, 2015 Jennifer Adamson rated it it was amazing
    I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely one I didn't want to put down. The main character definitely was put in an unfortunate situation but what a great learning experience for her and for those reading in similar situations. This was such a great read, definitely one I can see myself reading over and over again. Being a teenager is tough, especially with so much being exposed to social media and I feel like the author brought some of those situations up in a great way. I love how this ...more
    Mary Fan
    Feb 23, 2015 Mary Fan rated it it was amazing
    15-year-old Polarity Weeks has it rough. As if living with a mother with borderline personality disorder isn't hard enough, she and her family must move around a lot to seek treatments for Mom, meaning Polarity is always the new girl in school and often mocked as "trailer trash." Having a nerdy habit like a love for poetry doesn't help either. But all this is nothing compared to the humiliation and madness caused by having a naked picture of yourself surface online.

    Polarity is the last one to kn
    Jul 30, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    *I received a copy from the author in return for a honest review.

    When I review books I do not delve into writing a synopsis of the book, I prefer to highlight how the book has affected my emotions and intellect. I often look for more details in what I read in other reviews but I am not one to add more than what others have outlined.

    I was excited and looking forward to reading this book because Polarity's mother who had been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). There are several
    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    Mar 04, 2015 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
    Shelves: ebook-for-review
    3.5 stars rounding up
    This is an interesting book that encompasses a lot of current issues facing young high school students today- bullying, social media, mental illness and racial discrimination, drugs and relationships. It will make you stop and think. I have two teenage daughters and the dangers of social media are a reality.

    Polarity is a character you will root for from the beginning. Her home life is, at times, heartbreaking. She is bullied at school. But the climax comes when kids start lo
    Kim Aleman
    Oct 30, 2014 Kim Aleman rated it it was amazing
    In all honesty- I don't read much.... But when I started reading this book - I couldn't put it down! As the mother of a 15yr old girl- my interest would seem obvious.... This was not the case. I immediately became deeply involved with Polarity and her many complicated circumstances. I felt as if I was the 15 year old girl and traveled into High School today! I feel much closer to my daughter and much more aware of the dangers at school and their consequences. I recommend this book to all kids in ...more
    Paula Berryman
    Jun 01, 2015 Paula Berryman rated it it was amazing
    Recommends it for: Teens, adults, educatiors
    I LOVED this book. It is awesome to have a book written from an educator and a student's perspective. The book addressed so many levels of bullying that I was hooked. Having two teens I think social media is a blessing and a curse in so many ways. I couldn't put this book down until it was finished.

    This book is perfect for adults & teens. If you liked: Speak you will love this book.
    Rebekah May
    When Polarity gets called to the principal's office, a million things are running through her head at once. Are her parents hurt? If they are she doesn't want to find out at school. Was there a fire at the trailer park? Fires spread quickly in trailers, she knows. What should she do? Where will she go? But when she's finally marched to the principal's office, it's worse than she thought. Her parents are fine but the police won't let her see them, or even speak to them, because a naked picture of ...more
    Sandra "Jeanz"
    Feb 10, 2015 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2015-wishlist
    Approaching this one, I was expecting a contemporary YA/NA. It should be an interesting, read as I imagine with the technology and the applications the youth of today have access to that this could actually happen.

    I received a free e-copy of this book by Red Adept Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
    The cover depicts the hands of a teen boy and girl. Who from reading the book I would say are the hands of Polarity and Ethan.
    So the book begins on what is initially
    Jun 03, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Check out the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

    Note: This ebook was provided by Good Tales Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

    Polarity in Motion by Brenda Vicars is one of those books that will stay with you even after you're done reading it. It's a beautifully written tale about one fifteen-year-old girl and the unexpected journey of discovery that she finds herself on after a nude photo of hers makes its rounds online. No one ever said being a teenager was easy and I'm pret
    Jun 29, 2015 Erica rated it really liked it
    Previously posted on Novel Ink

    Something to Note: I received this book via the Publisher for an honest review.

    The Characters: Polarity is such a strong-willed, tough girl whom I definitely look up to now after reading this book. When something happens to her she works hard to get through it and she doesn't take pity on herself, which is really nice to see. She has a tough life with her mother having borderline personality disorder, but I feel like Polarity deals with that hardship really well.
    Feb 16, 2015 Dianne rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: author-review
    Like a contemporary Nancy Drew with a malicious and dark twist, Polarity finds that bullying comes in all forms of personal humiliation when a nude picture of her hits the internet hang out for her classmates. That isn’t degrading enough? No one believes she has no idea where it came from, how it was taken or who would do such a vile thing. Only Ethan, is on her side, for now, but will he, too jump ship and turn his back on her? Battered emotionally, but not defeated, and with the world against ...more
    Claire (Book Blog Bird)
    Polarity In Motion starts off with a bang. Polarity Weeks is the new girl in school. She and her parents travel around a lot and live in their trailer, searching for a cure for her mother’s borderline personality disorder. Because Polarity has an unusual name, lives in a trailer park and writes poetry, she gets picked on a bit at school, but nothing compares to the day she looks up in class to see that everyone is ogling a nude picture of her on the internet. What’s worse, is that she has no ...more
    Sep 07, 2015 Robin rated it it was amazing
    Disclosure: I received this book complimentary. Provided I give my honest opinion.

    Polarity In Motion is about a fifteen year old girl named Polarity, who deals with having to move to different towns/schools constantly. The reason they have to move around a lot is because of her mother's mental condition. Her mother has borderline Personality Disorder, so she is constantly trying to find some doctor or some form of remedy. They end up moving to Garcia when Polarity is in ninth grade, because of s
    May 25, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it
    Polarity in Motion was heartbreaking to read. It makes me so grateful for my highschool experience. The plot was pretty straightforward. A naked picture of a girl shows up on the internet. And then the consequences. But it's about so much more. This book deals with so many subjects that are relevant to us these days. It was really a wonderful read.

    The main character is Polarity, a very sheltered fifteen-year-old girl who has moved around a lot due to her mother's mental illness. I love it when b
    Mar 12, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: kindle
    This is an outstanding story. It was easy to be drawn in to Polarity’s dilemma. The scenario is realistic, complex, and so are all of the characters. Not only is Polarity a victim of circumstance, but she has to deal with her mother’s borderline personality disorder. This causes Polarity’s mother to turn things around to make this all about her. This disorder causes her to be extremely focused on details others overlook. She is highly intelligent and a tenacious bull dog who won’t let things go. ...more
    Jan 03, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
    I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

    I loved it. It was thought-provoking and layered and real. It deal with real, difficult issues, but didn't resort to using graphic violence or sexuality for a shock factor.

    The main character of Polarity is self-aware, flawed, but strives to make the right choice. I found her likable and easy to relate to. Her growth within the story was profound, but happened naturally as she experienced things that widened her perspective. Ever
    Jun 28, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    This book was without a doubt one of the most fascinating that I've read in a long time (especially one that wasn't a dystopia as those have been so popular lately). Polarity has a life that's so different from mine and I have to say I couldn't stop reading just to get some more information on her family.

    Right away the reader develops a special relationship with Polarity because of the horrors that she faces as a nude picture of her shows up on the internet and everyone at school sees it. Getti
    Mar 27, 2015 Garett rated it it was amazing
    Polarity in Motion is the story of Polarity Weeks, a 9th grade student that finds herself removed from her parents by the CPS system because of a nude picture posted on the Internet. Throughout the pages the author keeps you at the edge of your seat, wondering who uploaded it. Is Polarity's denial that she had anything to do with it a rouse? Was it the boy she has an immense crush on, or was it the “Mean Gulls?” The conclusion will surprise you, along with a great lesson in unintended ...more
    Sep 27, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
    Wow! I thank the author for sending me a free copy of this book. I cannot wait to add it to our public library's collection. I feel that this book could be read by any audience from young adult on up.
    This book is a striking story of what it is like to be falsely accused of something and have to suffer consequences as if you are guilty. It is also about working hard to get to the truth of the matter and defend yourself. Finally, it is about getting through the tunnel, reaching the light, and b
    Aug 04, 2015 Myndi rated it it was amazing
    I received this book from the generous author, who asked me to review it.

    This is one of those books that I just could not put down. I stayed up last night until it was done. I was drawn into Polarity's story from page one and I just had to know what happened next. This girl's life changed in an instant and there was nothing she could do to control the whirlwind of events that happened to her. In addition to the lack of control over the situation, she also had a sort of lack of control in her pri
    J.L. Leslie
    Jul 15, 2016 J.L. Leslie rated it it was amazing
    I enjoyed Polarity in Motion so much! Just a truly great read by Brenda Vicars. It touches on so many subjects that our teens go through right now...bullying, bi-racial relationships, sex, drugs, peer pressure, and more. Polarity Weeks is a fifteen-year-old who suddenly has a nude picture of her show up on the internet. She doesn't know where it came from or who took it, but she knows it's her. This picture turns her world upside down as she tries to figure out the origin of the picture. No one ...more
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    Brenda Vicars has worked in Texas public education for many years. Her jobs have included teaching, serving as a principal, and directing student support programs. For three years, she also taught college English to prison inmates.

    She entered education because she felt called to teach, but her students taught her the biggest lesson: the playing field is not even for all kids. Through her work, she
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    “We, the privileged majority, talk about equality until it comes to our family having to give up something” 3 likes
    “Mom knows that BPD can cause her to see people as perfect or evil. She named me Polarity, spanning positive and negative, to remind her that I'm not one or the other.” ... “She wanted to be sure that she never judged me the way that borderlines tend to do.” 3 likes
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