Book Review: Chance to Dance for You by Gail Sidonie Sobat

Title: Chance to Dance for You

Author: Gail Sidonie Sobat

Publisher: Great Plains Teen Fiction

Release Date: May 1, 2011


Book Summary:

Ian lives in a suburb where everything’s the same. The houses are the same, the cars are the same, and their aspirations are the same. But Ian is different. Openly gay in his bigoted high school, Ian doesn’t exactly fit in. But he’s not worried — he’s been training in dance for a long time and soon he’ll be able to leave town and train to become a professional. Then he falls in love with Jess, the high school quarterback. . .

Another Canadian book!

This was my first LGBTQ novel and I found it very interesting. I can see why it has won literary awards. When I picked up this book I didn’t realize it was the same author that wrote Gravity Journal – which I just recently finished a enjoyed as well.

This story follows Ian, an gay teenager in a town where there aren’t any. He’s strong and passionate about many things, including dance – another thing that causes him to be a target. This story follows him falling in love with someone he didn’t ever expect to and how he handles it along with his training for his dance career. Jack is the unexpected love interest, a high school quarter back – the most popular lady’s man at their high school! Jack doesn’t want anyone to know his true feelings, especially his family.

I loved how Gail was able to pull me into their story. I hated putting this book down. I could sympathize and understand what Ian was going through and his feelings without ever having experienced them myself. It opened my eyes to things I never would have thought of when looking at the LGBTQ community. Gail also brings up racism and how it’s handled in a smaller community. She tackles these harder topics and you’re able to relate to these people – no matter how unlikely it is for you to ever actually experience it – and the feelings resonate with you as a reader.

Although I found the story pretty basic, it was the actual writing of emotions and experiences that made me stick with it. If it was a typical boy meets girl story then I probably would have found it pretty boring – mind you if it was a typical boy meets girl story there wouldn’t have been the amount of tension there was.

Overall, I liked Chance to Dance for You. It was a quick read and really involved. The ending was amazing and shocking. If you’ve never read a LGBTQ novel then this is a good place to start. If you enjoyed other novels by Gail then you should read this one as well. Just keep in mind that there is bullying and violence in this book before you pick it up – it was one of the more emotional parts in the book for me.


Rating: 3.5/5 – Good Book

Content: talk of teenage sexual behavior, homosexuality and homophobia, underage use of drugs, vulgar bullying language, bullying, violence, child abuse, spousal abuse, racism

Source: Library Copy

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