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Polarity in Motion by [Vicars, Brenda]
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Fifteen-year-old Polarity Weeks just wants to live a normal life, but with a mother diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, that’s rarely easy. Her life gets exponentially more disastrous when her sixth-period history classmates start ogling a nude picture of her on the Internet. Polarity would never have struck such a shameless pose, but the photo is definitely of her, and she’s at a complete loss to explain its existence.

Child Protective Services yanks her from her home, suspecting her parents. The kids at school mock her, assuming she took it herself. And Ethan, the boy she was really starting to like, backpedals and joins the taunting chorus. Surrounded by disbelief and derision on all sides, Polarity desperately seeks the truth among her friends. Only then does she learn that everyone has dark secrets, and no one’s life is anywhere near normal.

About the Author

Brenda Vicars has worked in Texas public education for many years. Her jobs have included teaching, serving as a principal, and directing student support programs. For three years, she also taught college English to prison inmates, and outside of her job, she mentors children of incarcerated parents. She entered education because she felt called to teach, but her students taught her the biggest lesson: the playing field is not even for all kids. Through her work, she became increasingly compelled to bring their unheard voices to the page. The heartbeat of her fiction emanates from the courage and resiliency of her students. Brenda’s hobbies include reading, woodworking, gardening, and Zumba.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1940215374
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  • Publisher: Red Adept Publishing (Dec 2 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OEJ9BX0
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa358c630) out of 5 stars Riveting Contemporary YA That Tackles Serious Issues Head On Aug. 27 2015
By Bex @ Aurelia {Lit} - Published on
Format: Paperback
I don’t even know where to start with this book. It absolutely blew away my expectations. This book could have very easily taken the easy way out. And by that I mean, gone with the lowest common denominator of the story spark, followed mainly the romance line, and sat with a vast herd of mediocre YA contemporary lit that skirts around important issues and uses them as window dressing without ever really addressing them.

Polarity in Motion is so refreshingly not that book. Brenda Vicars throws her protagonist into the fire forcing her to face questions as diverse as bullying, ethics, mental illness, race relations, inequality, social injustice, grief and yes all this while coping with typical teen problems like struggling to comprehend first love, jealousy, and self-confidence.

I absolutely inhaled this book in one sitting, not only for it’s rich themes but because it’s a compelling mystery. As the horrors of the first few pages unfold and Polarity’s life is forever changed this book grips you. There is no looking away from this train wreck until you know how something like this could have possibly happened. And as things continue to get worse before they get better for Polarity, all the way her thoughtful consideration of everything, the way she looks at the world around her is really just so beautiful that you can’t help but want to continue on the journey with her until the very end.

The romance in this was well done in that it was sweet and didn’t overwhelm the entire plot when there were so many other more important things at play here. It added something very sweet to the story, but I appreciated it’s level of subtlety.

Obviously the bullying theme was huge in this story, and it wasn’t just a one-time attack, it was a systemic problem that kept rearing its ugly head throughout the book in different incarnations, over and over and over again. It was interesting as someone at an age where many of my friends now have children at or nearing that age to see how the parents dealt with or any many cases failed at dealing with the situation. And it wasn’t that she had bad parent’s by any means, it was just such an impossible situation to deal with.

The other thing I really liked about this book was the mother with Borderline Personality Disorder. It was an interesting choice. I haven’t read any other fiction books with BPD. And while it wasn’t entirely faithful to my experiences with the disorder, it was I think possibly faithful to one possible extreme example of the disorder and it was nice to see light brought to a very infrequently talked about or understood mental illness.

I would highly recommend this book for so many different readers. It’s one of those books that I think has such important things for teens to read about while still being a really entertaining read! It’s one of those books that I immediately wanted to call my friends that are high-school English teachers and librarians and tell them about. It’s one of those books that needs to be read, and digested, talked about, especially among teens! But I hope if that’s too intimidating, it will at least be read.

4.5 stars

This review originally appeared at Aurelia {lit}{geek}{chic} at aurelmedia dot wordpress dot com

*I received a complimentary review copy of this title from the publisher or author in exchange for a honest review.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3b0a158) out of 5 stars A Must Read for Teens and Parents!!! Dec 2 2014
By bettybakealot - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
In all honesty- I don't read much.... But when I started reading this book - I couldn't put it down! As the mother of a 15yr old girl- my interest would seem obvious.... This was not the case. I immediately became deeply involved with Polarity and her many complicated circumstances. I felt as if I was the 15 year old girl and traveled into High School today! I feel much closer to my daughter and much more aware of the dangers at school and their consequences. I recommend this book to all kids in MS & HS as well as to their parents!!! While heavy subjects are addressed- it is done tastefully and responsibly! A must read for both parents and kids! I can't wait to hear what my child has to say about the book! Refreshingly- there are no inappropriate scenes of a sexual nature! Any scenes like that are extremely mild. This is a great mystery and truly brings out seeing the best in others!!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa338a558) out of 5 stars Favorite book of 2015 March 25 2015
By The Amazing TimTam - Published on
Format: Paperback
Brenda Vicar's Polarity in Motion is my hands down favorite book of 2015! and yes I know it's not even April yet but I'm calling it anyway and I'm confident that my mind won't be changed very easily. This book was smart, had heart and was beautifully written. After reading it, I ran around telling anyone who would listen how great it was and I don't usually do that.

From the explanation of the main character's name- Polarity to her mother's illness it was handled with such a breath of fresh air and candor. I can't stop praising it enough. The love affair between Polarity and Ethan was perfect for their age group and in their situation. I truly appreciated the fact that the author chose to allow the reader to fall in love with Polarity before forcing us to fall in love with the couple way too early in the book. Instead we were genuinely rooting for her to find happiness, and Ethan was the perfect fit for her. They were both strong and resilient in different yet similar ways. It was great to read about a teenaged heroine who may have bent under her dire circumstances but did not ever contemplate breaking. It was refreshing the candidness the author approached the realistic situation of sending kids to alternate schools for bad behavior and even how they treat children in the child protection system , the fact that in our society (the world over, not just in america) it's usually the poor who suffer first and the hardest. and alot of the time it happens to minorities.

I absolutely loved the fact that Polarity internalized this and wanted in her heart to be a better person because of that. The author didn't just glaze over it, she acknowledged the fact that it wasn't something that one teenager could fix, fiction or not.

Added bonus was the main protagonist , the cause of Polarity's exile (both physical and emotional) wasn't just one person, or one thing but a culmination of things and people. Brenda Vicars, you are a star and I wish you an insane amount of success!! If only more people were as socially aware as you are!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3319f78) out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Dec 2 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Polarity in Motion is a fantastic read that gives a unique glimpse into the complicated world of what it's like to be a teenager caught in an unfavorable situation.

It's not easy being a teenager. Not only is school difficult, but you're trying to fit in while you figure out who you are... and who you can trust. Follow Polarity through her journey of navigating the complicated systems of criminal justice, education, behavioral health and most daunting - High School.

I loved this book, and I highly recommend it. The characters were memorable and the topics the author touched on are edgy and will keep you thinking well past when the book is finished.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3324078) out of 5 stars Polarity in Motion!! Sept. 1 2015
By Louise - Published on
Format: Paperback
What a great story Polarity in Motion is! The story revolves around a 15 year old, Polarity Weeks who is put into a new school...again! She is a tall and very thin young girl whom the bullys in school start to pick on as soon as she is admitted. Have a nude picture of herself show up on the Internet one day, does not help matters at all. Everyone one thinks that she posed for it except for one young man. From that point, everything just snowballs. Being questioned by the school, the police, taken away from her parents, put in foster care and then going to stay with her grandmother. If this hasn't enticed you to read this book, well...I hope that it has. I received this book for a honest review and that is that I loved this story and I hope that I haven't heard the last of Polarity and Ethan. have to read the story to find out about Ethan!!