Whew! It’s been a fairly disjointed reading day–I had to take breaks for everyday activities like showering and cooking as well as attendance at my school’s commencement ceremony. However, I did complete another novel and read a couple short stories in Diverse Energies.
Every year, there are certain books that I start to hear about months in advance of their publication. When I finally get my hands on these books, I’m both incredibly excited and nervous. What is the novel doesn’t live up to the hype? So, it’s always incredibly satisfying to read one of these anticipated novels and find that it absolutely lives up to the hype. Pointe by Brandy Colbert is absolutely one of these novels.
Theo is finally starting to get her life in order again. Her ballet instructor has singled her out as one of her top students and told her to seriously consider auditioning for specialized summer programs. She’s eating again, she’s got some great friends, and she might be on the verge of something special with an almost appropriate guy. Then Donovan Pratt comes back. Before he disappeared a few years ago, Donovan was Theo’s best friend. And now Theo has all sorts of long buried memories bubbling back up.
This novel is heart-wrenching, raw, and ultimately hopeful. Theo is a fabulously complex character; in Theo, Colbert has crafted a truly human protagonist. The novel explores a range of issues and topics but it never feels melodramatic or disjointed. Instead, Colbert has illustrated the complicated reality that trauma and healing can affect an individual’s life in many different but interconnected ways. The secondary characters are also equally sympathetic and three-dimensional. Additionally, race and social class are acknowledged and explored as natural and significant aspects of Theo’s identity and world.
I might try to write a longer review later but for now, I’ll just say: go out and read Pointe immediately, especially if you are invested in realistic young adult fiction, the creation of complex female characters, and the ongoing cultural conversation about girls, sex, and consent.
5 out of 5 stars
48HBC Stats Update
Hours read: 4.5 hours
Hours blogged: 1.25 hours
Books Read: 2 book + 2 short stories
Pages Read: 602 pages
Total Challenge Hours: 5.75 hours