Book Review : Pointe by Brandy Colbert

December 21, 2017 Book review 3 ★★½

I’m sad to say that I’m very conflicted about Pointe by Brandy Colbert.  The cover lured me in, the blurb had me racing to the till to pay for the book, but then I started reading.  And it all shot downhill from there.  I didn’t get the black-swan-like ballet book I was expecting, I got something totally different.

Book Review : Pointe by Brandy ColbertPointe Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on 10 Apr 2014
Genres: Coming of Age, Emotions & Feelings, YA Contemporary
Pages: 354
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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.

My thoughts on Pointe by Brandy Colbert

I can’t say I enjoyed reading Pointe.  I equally can’t say I regret reading it.  As I do feel it’s an important book to read. It deals with abuse, missing children, eating disorders and a myriad of other themes.  Maybe too many themes?  Too much going on in one persons life?  I would have preferred less sub-plots, and digging deeper into those that remain.

And even though all those themes were bopping about, the book moved very slowly. Which seems like a contradiction as how can it move slowly with so much going on. I don’t know, I just know I wanted the book to press on faster than it did.

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Theo the main character infuriated me at times, however I also wanted to hug her. She jumps from wrong decision to worse decision to what-the-hell-are-you-thinking but it’s hard not to empathise with her.  Theo’s angst and lost-in-herself feels were difficult to read, but I loved how true to life they felt.  Maybe everyone doesn’t suffer the soap-opera plotlines that surround her, still I bet a lot will identify with at least some of her feels.

The other part I really appreciated was the setting.  I loved how gritty and authentic it felt.  The dialogue and action of the characters were realistic.  Shockingly so at times.  Which makes me glad that my teenage years are far behind me!

The Bottom Line

I’m glad I read it despite my low rating and would read another book by this author.  The plot felt over-convoluted, and under-developed.  But the author did capture teenage dilemmas with honesty, and without shirking away from the harsher elements.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: two-stars


Who should read Pointe by Brandy Colbert?

I’d cautiously recommend this to you if you are looking for a gritty young adult novel, with lots of diversity.  I found the pace slow, so if that’s a red flag, maybe this isn’t for you.  Fans of Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton might enjoy.


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3 Responses to “Book Review : Pointe by Brandy Colbert”

  1. Hazel @ Stay Bookish

    I haven’t read this one but I’ve always planned to. I like book that tackle several issues, but I understand how that can also overwhelm the plot. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Trish. For what it’s worth, I loved Colbert’s second book– I hope you give it a shot if ever you get the chance to read it!

    • trish

      That’s good to know Hazel, as I would read more by Colbert, even with my mixed thoughts on this one. Thanks for letting me know!

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