Author: Brandy Colbert
First published April 10, 2014
352 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 9780399160349 (ISBN10: 0399160345)
After four years, Donovan returns home to his family and friends, but his closest friend Theo can sense that something isn’t quite right. As she tries to reconnect with Donovan, she starts to relive the traumatic memories of his abduction and the person responsible.
Donovan remains tight-lipped about his experience, leaving Theo feeling helpless and conflicted about whether to keep his secret or risk everything to uncover the truth. As she navigates her way through the complexities of their relationship, Theo must confront her own demons and decide what it means to be a true friend.
About the Author
Brandy Colbert grew up in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks and now resides in vibrant Los Angeles where she pursues her passion for writing.
Brandy Colbert’s debut novel, Pointe, is a gripping and heartbreaking tale of love, loss, and redemption. The story takes place in contemporary Chicago and follows the life of 17-year-old Theo Cartwright, a talented ballet dancer who is haunted by the disappearance of her childhood best friend, Donovan.
Colbert’s prose is sharp and precise, evoking the gritty reality of urban life while also capturing the fierce beauty of the ballet world. The characters are vividly drawn, with Theo emerging as a complex and sympathetic protagonist who must navigate a web of secrets and lies in order to find the truth about Donovan’s fate.
The novel skillfully explores themes of race, class, and mental illness, with Theo’s struggles with anxiety and depression adding a layer of emotional depth to the story. Colbert also delves into issues of sexual abuse and exploitation within the ballet industry, shedding light on a pervasive problem that is often ignored or overlooked.
Despite its dark subject matter, Pointe offers moments of hope and grace, as Theo learns to confront her fears and take control of her own destiny. The novel’s powerful message about resilience and self-discovery will resonate with readers of all ages.
However, there are some flaws in the novel. The pacing in the middle of the book can feel slow at times, and some of the secondary characters are not fully fleshed out.
Additionally, the ending may be somewhat unsatisfying for readers who are looking for a more conclusive resolution. Overall, Pointe is a moving and thought-provoking work that is sure to leave an impression on readers.
It is a must-read for fans of contemporary YA literature and those interested in exploring important social issues through the lens of fiction. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.