Monday, October 12, 2015

Review: Pointe

title: pointe
author: brandy colbert
book birthday: april 10,2014
rating: 2 stars

blurb from goodreads:

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 was not a book for me. I thought it would have been interesting to read a book about an African American ballerina with more than the typical eating disorder issues but this was just dull. 

This was not a mystery, thriller or kidnapping story. This is a coming of age story about Theo coming to terms with the fact that bad stuff happened to her and for her to find some healing. 
I didn't like Theo. I wanted interaction with Donovan and spent the whole book waiting and it didn't come until close to the end of the book. I wanted more dance and less boyfriend drama. Don't get me wrong, I did feel for her character, she had went through a lot during her teen years. Her story is a sad one, but it dragged and was kind of boring in some parts. It felt like just someone with teen angst sometimes. 

I did like the book more toward the end. It was slow, very slow moving beginning into the middle. After the climax it was fast paced and interesting.  The trial was the most interesting part for me. Once all the connections about the ex boyfriend happened and Theo started to see how messed up things would be if she didn't speak up the story got better. Another thing is you think that Theo as a ballerina would have been more health conscious other than minding her eating choices. I have heard and read about ballerinas smoking but it was kind of weird for me, like ballerinas gone wild.

There were so many characters that were introduced but not followed up on. Like the girl that Theo confided in that I seriously cannot remember her name. She was an important in Theo's story but she was never fully developed. Also, Theo's relationships were never fully expanded on. We know she slept around, became "the other woman" but all of that seemed pointless in the overall story. I definitely skimmed those parts wanting more of the mystery and backstory between Theo and Donovan.

Bonus points for being a POC novel about an African American ballerina in a small town. The subject was wonderfully addressed in Pointe.

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