Friday, May 9, 2014

Pointe by Brandy Colbert [Review]

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Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: April 10, 2014
Hardcover: 352 Pages
Publisher: Penguin
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Theo is better now.

She's eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor.

Donovan isn't talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn't do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything she's been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
This novel is definitely on the grittier ones I've read in awhile.  There is A LOT going on in this book: rape, child endangerment, underage drinking, drug use, eating disorders, sex, cheating...and ballet. 

Theo is barely holding on.  She is an amazing dancer, one of the best in the studio.  But she has a dark history that leaves her a little broken.  Not only was her best friend abducted, but she discovers she was intimately familiar with his abductor.  But revealing this fact would also expose Theo in a horrible way.  Once I learned who exactly was responsible for Donovan's abduction and the way Theo was involved, I was fairly horrified.  It's like every parent's worst nightmare.

I expected this book to be more focused on the abduction, but the abduction was really just the catalyst for a lot of the other events that take place. This novel is really about the redemption of Theo.  Theo isn't the most lovable character, but you do root for her.  I wanted her to take control of her insecurities and fear.  For awhile I was worried about how far she would actually fall, but the book does end on a hopeful note.

While this book turned out heavier and darker than I expect, I still really enjoyed it.  I thought it hit on some very real emotions for some very tough situations.  There was nothing saccharine or twee about it and I appreciated that considering the subject material.  Overall, a very compelling novel of the ripple effect our actions have on our lives.

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