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.
Miss Riki’s Review:
This book blew me away. It tackles so many hot-button issues in such a short amount of time that I was at first worried that the author might not do them all justice. My fears were totally unfounded, though, because Colbert managed to weave together intense topics such as eating disorders, rape, kidnapping, drugs, sex, and of course friendship in a brilliant story that had me captured from page one.
Theo is a flawed, realistic portrayal of a teen on the edge of losing everything. She comes across at times as an unreliable narrator, but it all works so well as the various elements come together in the end. Her motivations come from a place of darkness and I was so glad to see that Colbert didn’t shy away from that in this gritty YA. There’s a lot of moral gray area in this book and I loved seeing the author explore the intricacies of living in that world.
Pointe is everything you could possibly ask for in a gritty, realistic YA contemporary novel. It is poignant and sad, and dark and heartbreaking. Readers will want to shake some sense into Theo just as they want to give her a hug. This was a great book.