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Polarity in Motion

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  588 ratings  ·  222 reviews
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 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 rea…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)
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 wo…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)

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Sarah Elizabeth
(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 h
Feb 18, 2015 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 26, 2016 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 05, 2015 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
May 17, 2015 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 28, 2015 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
Tamara Philip
Feb 25, 2015 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
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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
Mary Fan
Dec 02, 2014 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
Jan 06, 2015 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
Isis Ray-sisco
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Polarity in Motion by Brenda Vicars is an excellent YA read. It is very poignant and tackles a prominent issue among teens today. There is an interesting cast of characters that are well developed and easy to identify with in one way or another. Polarity is very memorable and her struggle is palpable. Not only does she have to deal with her mother's mental illness she must navigate being a new girl over and over again. She must face a whole different kind of bully at her new school. On top of th ...more
Kim Aleman
Oct 30, 2014 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
Carrie Cross
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully scripted without being preachy, this coming-of-age novel explores important issues like interracial relationships, racism, bipolar disorder (the mom), alcoholism (the dad), fitting in at a new school and being bullied. Meanwhile, there is a true love story with great chemistry between the two main characters. I loved it. I wish there was more by this author! Maybe a sequel is in order...
Arlena Dean
Title: Polarity In Motion
Author: Brenda Vicars
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Polarity in Motion" by Brenda Vicars

My Thoughts....

I found this novel a good thought provoking and touching read for any young adult and parent. What will happen as fifteen year old Polarity is put in a unfortunate situation? I liked how this author was able to 'address many level of bullying, social media, mental illness, racial discrimination, drugs and relationships' that
Dominique Cheney
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was more than just a prank gone wrong. This was showing systematic racism, classism and growing up in the digital age. I think everyone should read this and see what they take for granted everyday. It opened my eyes.
Jun 03, 2015 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
May 17, 2015 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)
Feb 20, 2015 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
Jul 28, 2015 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
Paula Berryman
Jun 01, 2015 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"
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 ide ...more
Sep 07, 2015 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
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 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
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, audioblast
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
Christina Knowles
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. At first I was turned off by the title and the main character's name, but there is actually a touching story behind the name, Polarity. Although this book is categorized as a romance, it is so much more than that. It's an intriguing mystery, which kept me turning the pages. It's about bullying and relationships. It's about dealing with the teenage drama in high school. It's about being powerless in the system. It's about growth and prejudice. It's about finding out who ...more
Christy Fuller
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I first opened the pages of Polarity in Motion by Brenda Vicars, I began reading from the perspective of a mother and teacher of adolescents. However, by the end of the first chapter, I became submerged in the perspective of fifteen-year-old Polarity Weeks.

As a new student, Polarity Weeks begins Star Ninth Grade Center as an easy-target. She stands out not only because of her name, but also because of her quirky mother who named her and because of her family's current living arrangement in
Jun 24, 2015 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
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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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