Review: Various Positions by Martha Schabas
Trapped between the hormone-driven world of her friends and the discontent of her dysfunctional family, fourteen-year-old Georgia is only completely at ease when she’s dancing. When she is accepted into Canada’s preeminent ballet school, Georgia thinks it is the perfect escape. Artistic Director Roderick Allen singles her out as a star, subjecting her to increasingly intensive training, and Georgia obsesses about becoming the perfect, disciplined student. But as she spends more and more time with Roderick, it’s not so clear exactly what their relationship means. Is he her teacher and mentor, or is there something more? These blurred lines will threaten both Roderick’s future at the academy and Georgia’s ambitions as a ballerina.
I’m a bit speechless after finishing this one. I thought it was going to be about ballet and the obstacles Georgia has to face in that world. Instead, what I got was one of the worst books that I have ever read. Seriously, this book is so messed up that I don’t even know where to begin. I am a bit disgusted at everything that happened in VARIOUS POSITIONS and although I try to find the good in every book, I can’t think of anything for this one.
Georgia infuriated me. She is supposedly a fourteen year-old who is so committed to ballet but all that she talked about in the book was sex. Everything went back to it and I was flabbergasted. This is a fourteen year-old girl. I get that her family life is pretty unstable, but all of her thoughts shocked me. I haven’t disliked a character this much in a long while.
If you thought this book was about ballet, you thought wrong. Sure, Georgia gets into a ballet academy and practices ballet a lot, but that’s about it. Honestly, this book is about nothing more than sex. I couldn’t believe the thoughts that came to Georgia’s mind. She’s barely even a teenager! And don’t get me started with her family. Everyone in VARIOUS POSITIONS had zero personality and were as flat as any character can be.
I really hate to be harsh about VARIOUS POSITIONS, but I just DID NOT like it at all. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone at all, especially not young teens.