Things I loved: the story, the complexity of the main character, the end. You don't have to love or know dance/ballet to read/love this book. The stor...moreThings I loved: the story, the complexity of the main character, the end. You don't have to love or know dance/ballet to read/love this book. The story is about so much more than ballet. It could have been titled a million other things, but for a few reasons POINTE does work best.
Things I didn't love: Not much of to complain about. However, I did feel like there were a few too many minor characters. This lead to all of them being a bit flat and underdeveloped.
Read it. Love it. And, say, YES to diversity in books! (less)
Wow. Wow. Wowowowoww. I loved this. I thought it was going to be sweet and light and funny, and it was, but I should have known at some point it would...moreWow. Wow. Wowowowoww. I loved this. I thought it was going to be sweet and light and funny, and it was, but I should have known at some point it would punch me in the gut. And, boy, did it ever. There's definitely some silly and slightly implausible things about the story, but if you've ever been a teenage girl, you get it. It's real. This happens. And, you know through the whole story that it's going to happen, yet just like a teenage girl in denial, as a reader, you just keep wishing, hoping and praying for that fairytale ending. Does it happen? You'll have to read it for yourself. I highly recommend that you do!
I did go with four stars instead of five, because while I mostly appreciated some of the unique uses of the English language and the unconventional sentence structure, it was also rather distracting at some points.
I don't often wish for sequels to near perfect stories, but, again, having been that teenage girl once in my life, I would love, love, love to know what happens next. Even though, I probably already do. ;)
And, a note on this particular special edition that was stunningly illustrated: Worth the money. Go find this copy! While not necessary, it really did help bring the story to life and made it more fun...until it punches in the gut...repeatedly!
(Question: Can someone with the regular edition answer me this...did it also include pictures? I feel like it would have to. I'm just curious how different it looked...)(less)
Great writing. Highly, highly entertaining. Haas goes there. You know, THERE--that place where many/most YA authors will never go. The envelope has be...moreGreat writing. Highly, highly entertaining. Haas goes there. You know, THERE--that place where many/most YA authors will never go. The envelope has been more than pushed. It's ripped opened, chewed up, destroyed.
This is a mash up of the Amanda Knox story and the movie, BROKE DOWN PALACE. Sweet.
I love the intensity of the relationship between the narrator, Anna, and her best friend, murder victim, Elise. I love the narration style and scattered chronology. It really built the intensity.
And, THAT ending, when Haas went THERE. Yes. Yes. YES. Even though I solved/guessed the secret to the mystery early on in the book, the ending still got me. And, i disagree with other reviews that say Haas didn't appropriately establish enough justification, clues, foreshadowing, etc, throughout the book to justify the ending. Nope, she totally did. It's there. THERE. It's perfect. (less)