Pointe by Brandy ColbertPointe by Brandy Colbert


byBrandy Colbert

Hardcover | January 26, 2017

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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.

Brandy Colbert dazzles in this heartbreaking yet hopeful debut novel about learning how to let go of even our most shameful secrets.
Brandy Colbert was born and raised 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.
Title:PointeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.88 × 1.13 inPublished:January 26, 2017Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399160345

ISBN - 13:9780399160349


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different than expected I was expecting a book about the trail as well, but ended up getting Theo's inner turmoil as she decides what to tell about her secret. She battles with herself about her involvement with the crime and whether to come forward, fearing what society would think of her and what repercussions would occur for her budding career in ballet. By the end I really wanted to hug this poor girl.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good writing Theo's childhood best friend Donovan went missing when he was just thirteen years old. Four years later and he's back home, safe from his kidnapper's clutches. But Donovan isn't talking about anything to anyone. Though she has a secret, that would change the case for Donovan's trial and lock the kidnapper away for good. Will she have the strength to testify these secrets or will she stay quiet? Sooo..I thought this book would be about Donovan's kidnapping and the trial against the kidnapper and Theo trying to help her friend. Sadly it wasn't. It was mostly about cheating and hardly any mention about the kidnapping or the trial or even a focus on Donovan. It's really about Theo and her new found crush. I couldn't really stand it because all I kept thinking was the selfishness of Theo and how it didn't affect anyone else. How what they were doing was just completely gross with no regard for the other people they would be hurting. This is from the point of view of a cheater, and boy was I pretty angry most of the time. Then there's the other side when Theo reverts back to her childhood where she didn't know any better and engaged in a relationship. I felt sorry for her..I pitied her..And grew even more ragey against said pedophile.This book pretty much ruined my emotions because the characters were just doing everything wrong..Though Theo goes through a character arc and I ended up being proud of her. I also kinda thought this book was just about Theo and her struggles to become a professional ballet dancer because the cover depicts that. I didn't read the synopsis so someone like me who just picks up a book because it was recommended would be a bit disappointed. I still love this cover! It's a beautiful shot :P Though I wanted this one to be about Donovan's kidnapping and less about cheating, the writing is decent and what made me not stop reading was finding out the trial's verdict. Bonus points for including POC though!
Date published: 2015-04-08

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Brandy Colbert's Pointe A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014 A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2014 A Los Angeles Public Library Best Teen Book of 2014 A Chicago Public Library Best Teen Book of 2014 A 2014 Publishers Weekly Flying Start A 2014 CYBILS Award WinnerA 2015 Bank Street Best Book of the Year  “A victory for young people, especially young women, everywhere.”—Chicago Tribune“A must-read for all young adult fans.”—Parade Magazine" . . . drama, plus pointe shoes? Yes, please: this is one book that’s bound to make a splash."—MTV News "A brave and resonant debut that is as captivating as it is heartbreaking."—Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still "Brandy Colbert's debut is beautiful, sharp and memorable."—Courtney Summers, author of Cracked Up to Be *“Colbert builds characters whose flaws, struggles, and bad decisions make them real and indelibly memorable . . and it’s this complexity and empathy that set this gripping story apart.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review “Colbert has put out a stunningly poignant novel . . . Readers who discover this book will be unable to put it down.”—VOYA