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Pointe by Brandy Colbert
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Feb 04, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: dance-gymnastics, ed-etc, fiction, ya, z-2014, take-back-the-night, reviewed, trifecta

Ask anyone, and they'll probably tell you that Theo's life revolves around ballet. She's good at it, good enough to have dreams of dancing professionally. They might also tell you that Theo was good friends with Donovan, who disappeared four years ago and hasn't been seen since. They might be able to tell you that she's a decent student, or that she comes from a happy, stable family.

But when Donovan is found, things change -- because there are things that nobody knows about Theo, things that she doesn't fully understand herself. Things she might have to face, because Donovan's not talking. And no matter how hard she tries to stay strong on the outside, Theo can't stop herself from wondering what would happen if someone found out and who she is under all of this. She can't stop herself from slipping backwards.

I didn't go into this book with particularly high hopes, so I was pleasantly surprised. Theo's complicated. She's a dancer, with all of the attached pressures, but none of her demons come from dance. She's trying hard to stay in one piece, but she's also working hard to make sure nobody notices when she starts falling apart. She knows her past, but she hasn't entirely put together what it all means. She makes bad choices.

Better yet, Theo's not the only complex character. Her friends, and her sort-of friends, are equally multifaceted. They're not only dance friends or school friends; that is, she might never see the people she dances with outside the studio, but they too have more going on in their lives than just ballet. There isn't a token mean girl making her life miserable.

I don't want to give too much detail because part of the enjoyment of the book is seeing things unfold, but this is definitely a 'dear author, please keep writing' type of book.
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February 4, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
February 4, 2014 – Shelved
February 4, 2014 – Shelved as: ed-etc
February 4, 2014 – Shelved as: dance-gymnastics
February 4, 2014 – Shelved as: fiction
February 4, 2014 – Shelved as: ya
April 21, 2014 – Shelved as: z-2014
April 21, 2014 – Shelved as: take-back-the-night
April 22, 2014 – Shelved as: reviewed
March 2, 2015 – Shelved as: trifecta

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