Book Review | 101 Ways to Dance
Title: 101 Ways to Dance
Author: Kathy Stinson
A few years ago I had the chance to read one of Kathy Stinson’s books, Becoming Ruby, when it was nominated for an Ontario Library Association award. I enjoyed that book so I was excited to have the opportunity to read one of her recent novels entitled 101 Ways to Dance.
101 Ways to Dance is a collection of short stories that focus on relationships in a variety of forms. Most of the stories focus on young adults, including a teen who finds out he is not the father of his pregnant girlfriend’s baby (“Getting Lucky”), a guy trying to tell his best friend that he is gay (“Ferris Wheel”), emerging faces of sexuality (“Waiting for Brian” “Chicken” among others) and dealing with death (“Everybody Loves a Clown”).
Throughout these stories, and the others in the collection, Stinson provides a variety of perspectives and captures the essence of the characters in a few words. I was particularly amazed at how much I connected with the narrator in “Chicken” though the story was only 2 pages in length!
Stinson should be proud of her writing – she truly captures the essence of her characters and their situations, something that can be quite challenging in a short story. I truly enjoyed 101 Ways to Dance and would recommend it wholeheartedly!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*