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Young Adult Fiction 1978
Not the ballet book I expected - but better!
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Just after I read Pointe I had a family emergency that took me away from home for a few weeks. As a result, this particular review got left by the wayside. I normally write my reviews within a few days of finishing a book, and since several weeks have now passed, this will be a little different from most of my reviews.

First of all, I LOVED Pointe. I am usually drawn to books that feature the darker side of ballet (a sort of gritty, behind the scenes look) and that is what I was hoping for in Pointe. It is not what I got, but I wasn't actually disappointed. Our main character, Theo is terribly broken. She has suffered an eating disorder, the disappearance of her best friend and horrible guilt over her involvement. She creates falsities that she convinces herself are true and makes terrible decisions. When Donovan suddenly reappears, she is forced to confront her role in his disappearance and the awful circumstances that led to it. There is a great deal of internal struggle as Theo tries to decide not only whether she will tell her side of the story but also come to terms with what happened to her as a child. Looking back through more mature eyes, she is able to see things she never realized as a young girl and finally confront the past that has haunted her.

Pointe covers A LOT of ground. We have a ballet competition, an eating disorder, a missing friend, rape, drugs, and a cheating boyfriend. In the beginning, things are a little slow as the plot appears to concentrate mainly on Theo's burgeoning love interest, which is pretty boring. Things pick up once we get into the meat of the story and we learn more and more about what happened to Theo and Donovan. Through flashbacks we learn more about the circumstances of the disappearance. Theo doesn't seem to have any idea how horrific this thing that happened to her is and we watch in silent horror and pity ans she self destructs under the weight of her story. The plot continues at a slow burn until the climax.

Bottom Line: I loved the pacing and character development in Pointe and will definitely be picking up Brandy Colbert's next book.
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