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Poetry Friday, Part Two

The readergirlz pick this month, On Pointe, is a verse novel, so today I’ll be sharing a few excerpts, as well as my review of the book, in honor of both Poetry Friday and Poetry Month.

It shouldn’t matter what you look like
if you really want to dance.
I
want
to.

Cats
equal comfort.

Why can’t doing the thing
be the goal?
Where the fun is.
Everyone should get
to do the thing.

Clare is a dancer.  She wants to join the City Ballet, but she’s taller than most professional dancers.  Can she make it?  If she can’t, what will she do?  On Pointe examines what happens when our dreams change.  Clare begins the summer auditioning for the City Ballet, living with her grandfather, and chatting with her friend Rosella, who says negative things about their peers that make Clare uncomfortable.  By the end of summer, Clare’s perspective and priorities have undergone a dramatic shift.

Lorie Ann Grover’s verse beautifully conveys the work, pain, and pride that come with being a dancer, as well as the self-consciousness and alienation we feel as our bodies change us from children to adults.  Clare learns that our passions don’t have to be our professions.  This is a valuable lesson for anyone, but it is especially valuable for readers who are passionate about one art or another.

I would recommend On Pointe to fans of dance, poetry, or readers struggling to define themselves.

He’s changed.
Different
and the same.
I’m changed.
Different
and the same.
We can sit and remember
how good it was,
hiking,
skiing,
getting ready to audition,
and be
sad.
Or
we can be
who we are now
and
try to enjoy the new parts.

Book: On Pointe (Affiliate Link)
Author: Lorie Ann Grover
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Original Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 320
Age Range: Middle Grades/Young Adult
Source of Book: Purchased from Amazon
Other Blog Reviews: Big A, little a, Pie Not Included
Links: Interview at Bildungsroman

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