Pointe by Brandy Colbert
April 10, 2014
Hardcover, 352 pgs
What it’s about:
Four years ago Theo’s best friend Donovan was kidnapped, sending her into an out of control downward spiral from which she is only just beginning to recover. Having returned from a treatment facility for an eating disorder, she is focused on her dance training and the few friends that she has. The news of Donovan’s return upsets the tenuous balance she has created in her life. Suddenly Theo is reliving memories from the past, memories that could explain where Donovan has been for all these years. Even though she is not responsible, Theo worries that speaking the truth about the past could cause more harm than good. Or will keeping quiet be what finally destroys her?
Why you might like it:
Are you a fan of contemporary fiction books that are chock-full of issues? Pointe has issues galore! Colbert skillfully addresses everything from eating disorders, rape, mental illness, kidnapping, and more. Despite the abundance of issues, they never feel unnecessary or overwhelming. Are you looking for a strong, but damaged heroine? Theo is so broken it is heartbreaking, but she is one tough cookie! Do you want more main characters of color in your stories? Theo and Donovan are both African-American teens struggling to fit in their predominately white suburb. How about ballet? If you are a fan of dance you will certainly relate to all of Theo’s hard work, but don’t worry if you aren’t interested! This isn’t a book about ballet. The same can be said about the kidnapping. While that event is the catalyst for the story, it’s not actually a story about kidnapping. In short, this book is a powerful, psychological study. The characters are deeply flawed, but strive for improvement. Theo does not struggle and suffer in a vacuum. She has supportive parents and good friends. The events of the past are traumatic and disturbing, but there is healing and hope in the end. This was a magnificent debut and Brandy Colbert is certainly an author to watch.
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