Pointe by Brandy Colbert (EPUB)
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.
The book ended up being an incredibly heartbreaking, tragic, and important story. It’s well written with a compelling narrator Brandy Colbert who’s a realistic portrayal of a teenager with a shattered self-esteem. And all of it is very very gritty.
It’s such an unconscious subversion of pretty much every single trope and stereotype I’ve become exhausted of seeing in YA lately. It’s neither a celebration of flaws nor a celebration of perfection. But rather successfully gets the point across that flaws do not eternally damn a person or his/her character. And perfection has its price and its cracks too. The characters within are just so believable, and real, and I love how morally gray it is in so many different ways that feel so true to life without ever being moralizing.
It’s a bunch of kids who make some bad decisions and some good decisions, have some talents and some downfalls, and have feelings and experiences they struggle to understand. And it’s nice to see a main character who screws up time and again but ultimately comes to her own rescue, though not without support.