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.
This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I know. But, it’s the truth. You know how some books just speak to you? How from the moment you open them you know this book is going to change your life. It was like that for me when I read Jessica Verdi’s THE SUMMER I WASN’T ME, and I’ve been championing that book and POINTE all year.
Pointe was love at first sight and after reading the entire book. I was excited just to read it because it was written by a black author and had a black protagonist who did ballet. So cool, right? You have to understand I didn’t have books like this growing up. I didn’t often see myself in books like this where diversity was there, but it wasn’t THE issue. And scenes like where Theo reminiscences back to times being the only black girl, or one of a couple black students, in a class when it’s time to talk about slavery, Jim Crow, or whatever rang all too real for me. Oh, and I should mention I really liked the fact that there were scenes where the characters smoked weed and it wasn’t like OMG the world is going to end. (I mean, yeah it’s a (mostly) illegal drug, but if you’re going to write a book about teens, be honest…some teens drink and do drugs and don’t die/end up with their life ruined. It happens.)
But, I also loved this book because it was a book about doing the hard, right thing even when you know it could wreck you and set you back from all the progress in healing you’ve made. I don’t know if you’ve ever had to do something like that but it is the hardest thing to do. Theo is so strong yet not always outwardly so, it’s through her thoughts that we really see how much this girl has had to contend with. It’s a gripping thriller, but not so much with action scene after action scene, but high emotional drama. I cried for Theo and I cheered for her. It’s one of those books where you can’t help feeling what the protagonist is feeling and you can’t help be proud for her when she overcomes the many obstacles she has to overcome. I love how real she is. She reminds me of friends. She reminds me of myself. And the writing is beautiful.
We don’t often say this as readers, but there are those books we read and love but soon forget and then there are those books that we love and become a part of us. We “can’t get them out of our head.” Some recent books I read where the latter happened with were The Summer I Wasn’t Me, TFIOS, and We Were Liars. However, Pointe is also that kind of book. It creeps up on you like how a vine might cover an old mansion (I’ve been thinking a lot about vines & old mansions, blame my last writing project) and it takes hold of you. You don’t really realize it has until the final pages, where you’re a mess of tears of happiness and sadness. I’m so grateful to Colbert for bringing a book like this into my life.
Also, the graphic to the right is is very true. I adored SPEAK (read it years ago and have loved it and everything Laurie Hale Anderson has written ever since. I look forward to loving Colbert’s next book(s)).
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*This is a 100& honest review. I received an ARC from the publisher (Thanks, Brandy!!)**
About the Author
Brandy Colbert grew up in Springfield, Missouri, and has worked as an editor for several national magazines. She lives and writes in Los Angeles. Pointe is her first novel. Also, she stopped by the blog to recommend some great books, check them out!