June 14, 2012

Teen courage

Chance to Dance for You
by Gail Sidonie Sobat

Ian lives in town where everything's the same. The houses are the same, the cars are the same, the families are the same. But this place, Ian tells us, has lots of secrets. The biggest secret of all? Ian's in love with popular quarterback Jess Campeau. 

Ian is openly gay in a homophobic high school. Fortunately, he has a supportive mother, an understanding best friend, and his love of dance. Ian's dream is to become a professional dancer. He's just been accepted to the National Ballet School's summer program, and he musn't lose focus. However, his secret relationship proves to be very distracting. Especially since Jess is still closeted. Ian tries his best to help Jess accept himself, but Jess is too fearful. Most disturbingly, he turns away when Ian really needs him.

Gail Sidonie Sobat has written a realistic and clear-eyed account of the hazards that continue to exist for gay teens. Ian's brave acceptance of who he is and his courageous stance against injustice makes him a highly sympathetic character that many readers will root for. An excellent novel.

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