by Brandy Colbert


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Speak meets Black Swan in this stunningly dramatic debut novel

All that drama, plus pointe shoes? Yes, please: this is one book that’s bound to make a splash

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780147514417
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 408,905
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Brandy Colbert was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, and has worked as an editor for several national magazines. She lives and writes in Los Angeles. Pointe is her first novel.

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Praise for Brandy Colbert's Pointe

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014
A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2014
A Los Angeles Public Library Best Teen Book of 2014
A Chicago Public Library Best Teen Book of 2014

A 2014 Publishers Weekly Flying Start 
A 2014 CYBILS Award Finalist

" . . . drama, plus pointe shoes? Yes, please: this is one book that’s bound to make a splash."—MTV News

"A brave and resonant debut that is as captivating as it is heartbreaking."—Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still

"Brandy Colbert's debut is beautiful, sharp and memorable."—Courtney Summers, author of Cracked Up to Be

*“Colbert builds characters whose flaws, struggles, and bad decisions make them real and indelibly memorable . . and it’s this complexity and empathy that set this gripping story apart.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Colbert has put out a stunningly poignant novel . . . Readers who discover this book will be unable to put it down.”—VOYA


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Pointe 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Many people are going through what Theo and Donovan went through. This book was a real page turner, it always left me wanting to read more. The way Brandy Colbert wrote this book was amazing.It was very easy to understand, it wasn't confusing at all. Unlike the other books that I've read in the past, where I had to read the page a second time because I was confused and didn't get what was going on. The characters in this book felt so real to me. The only thing I did not like about this book was the ending to me it went by so fast. I wish there was another chapter talking about the life that Theo has after Juniper Hill and how Donovan is with going back to school. But other then that it was a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly enjoyed this book so much. It was so raw and real. Many teens in this era go through what Theo and her friends are going through. Brandy Colbert took each character and gave them so much depth. I enjoyed reading this book, I barely read books and I feel like this book made me realize there is so much more out there than just Shakespeare. The vocabulary and scenarios that Brandy Colbert writes about make the book seem so real. The only bad part of the book was the second half, I believe it went by so quick. Other wise great read.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Pointe by Brandy Colbert Publisher: Penguin Publication Date: April 10, 2014 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC (traded) Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: First, a HUGE thanks to Madeleine of MadnBooks, who traded this book for a copy of Throne of Glass (somehow, I ended up with one hardcover and three paperback copies of Throne of Glass. Now I just have the hardcover, which is signed, by the way. Yay for me not being a complete and utter glutton). I've really wanted to read this book, for about two years now, so when I saw this trade offer on YA Book Exchange, I was all over that. And Madeleine made the trade and shipped the book and I received it in like, less than two weeks! Fabulous. Anyway. Book. It's obvious to readers from the beginning that something happened to Theo, and that she is still recovering from whatever it is that happened. We don't know what EXACTLY happened, or how Theo had to deal with the aftermath, but slowly, we see that it has to do with her eating habits. When Theo's friend and neighbor Donovan comes home after being missing (kidnapped) for four years, Theo's own ordeal surfaces. The two situations (for lack of a better word, forgive the insensitivity) are related, but it takes the most of the book to see how and why. One of the things that I didn't quite realize when I first discovered this book is that it is a "tough-issues" book. This book is on of the Friday the Thirteeners book - the last debut to be published, might I add. I've read nine of the thirteen debuts, if anyone was wondering. But anyway. You all know that I'm not the biggest fan of contemporary novels, especially "tough-issue" contemporary novels. This one was a REALLY good one though, and this is coming from someone who doesn't really enjoy contemporary novels! I'm not sure why this one worked so well for me. Perhaps it was the approach to the novel, to the "tough issue" (or the multitude of them), or the protagonist herself. Usually, with tough-issue novels, I HATE the protagonist, because her decisions and her logic generally makes no sense. Like, for example, NOT reporting rape or physical abuse. Or hurting yourself. I don't want to get started on these issues because yes, there is always a psychological explanation for everything. But this book features a different kind of story, and a different type of mindset. I hope I don't spoil anything in this review. But Theo isn't the typical heroine that blames herself for everything and hurts herself and keeps quite because it's HER FAULT. She does keep quiet about what happened, but because she is completely convinced that nothing wrong occurred between her and a certain someone. She is completely convinced that what she was doing at age thirteen was okay, consensual, and right. What she agonized over was after he left. And then Donovan left/disappeared. And Theo suffered. She didn't eat, yet she continued to dance, to do her schoolwork, to pretend like everything was okay. It wasn't, and eventually, she was caught. This book starts with Theo's After, after she went through a recovery period, after she was declared "better". It begins with Donovan's reappearance, and Theo's reaction to Donovan's reappearance as well as something else - something I won't give away. I really like Theo. I already said that she is different from most heroines in similar situations (again, forgive the lack of sensitivity), and I mean that. Her naivete about what happened to her made me not want to shake her, and her personality in general was likable. I'm a very different person, but I like Theo, and we would get along.  Her passion for ballet is incredible. Of course, it drove her to do not-so-great things (which will not be mentioned), but I admire that type of passion. In my review of The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes, I mentioned this passion towards soccer (sports in general). A close friend is a soccer player at JHU, and he definitely holds and harnesses this type of passion, towards soccer. It's remarkable and inspiring, how passionate a person can be about something, especially a sport or music or art or reading or some hobby. I love how well Colbert infused this passion for ballet into this book. I could feel like it in this book. The story is twisted and tangled and messy, and I can't say anything specific without giving things away. I will say that I LOVE the structure of the plot. We get to see how things progress, in terms of developments with Donovan and the trial, but also with Theo's ballet, her returning bad eating habits, her love life, and also, her past. That's the thing I REALLY like - Colbert sprinkles scenes from the past throughout the book, so that we do not know everything about Theo's past all at once. We get bits and pieces, hints and clues, and we discover the full story as we read. I like this! I mentioned Theo's love life... it's a bit of a mess. I didn't feel strongly towards any male in this book, in terms of romance (not saying that there are multiple potential males). There IS a presence of romance in this book, but I like the direction that Colbert took the romance. It definitely fit Theo's life in general, and the flow of the story. I'm satisfied with the ending, in terms of romance. In general, the ending is PERFECT. Like, not cookie-cutter perfect, but imperfectly perfect. It fit Theo really well, it fits Donovan well, it just makes sense all around. I'm very hard on authors and ending, so it's rare that I'm all like YES THIS ENDING PASSES THE ALYSSA TEST. Heck, the same could be said about the book in general. It passes the Alyssa test! What I Did Not Like: Honestly? The only thing that really bothered me was the pacing of the first third of the book. It was slow, and I found my attention deviating. HOWEVER, now that I've finished the book, I recognize the need for the beginning to be slower. So I'm putting it as a "negative" thing because I want others to know that if you are stuck in the beginning, KEEP READING! Would I Recommend It: I would HIGHLY recommend this book, especially to contemporary! This is coming from someone who generally does not enjoy contemporary novels. Also, this is coming from ALYSSA, your harda** critic. So. It must be pretty good. Rating: 4 stars. What an excellent debut! And a fine, lovely, heartbreaking contemporary novel, if you ask me. I cannot wait to read Colbert's next novels!
readingwishes More than 1 year ago
I wish I'd gotten to this sooner, but my anticipation for Pointe (that has been in the making since its release in 2014) did not let me down. It was the book I thought it would be and then some. Theo is such a great, complex character - she's misguided and does not make the best decisions, but her actions felt real and authentic. This is definitely a character driven story and we see Theo grow as a character, displaying strength and bravery in the final chapters that moved me to tears. Pointe unravelled in a different way than I thought it would, but that's not to say I wasn't a fan. This story isn't about Donovan's return or digging into those gritty details, but rather what that brings up for Theo who must face her past. It's dark, honest and heartbreaking, and if this is Brandy Colbert's debut, I'm looking forward to catching up with her backlist titles.
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
This book was so tremendous. It dealt with a lot of heavy topics, but it did so honestly, authentically, and thoughtfully. There were moments of heartbreak, and moments of triumph, as all good books should have. Theo developed so much throughout the novel, and I loved seeing the person she became by the last page. See more reviews at my blog! http://areadingredsox.blogspot.com
Samantha05 More than 1 year ago
Mini-review: -Mysterious and consuming plot -Ballet! -Intersectional characters (African-American, eating disorder rep) -TWISTS (in the plot and in dance) -Why hasn't everyone read this book yet?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Based on the title Pointe it deals with the concept of ballet although it seems to be dealing with kidnapping as well. . Pointe deals with two very heavy topics; one being an eating disorder and statutory rape. Pointe is a very gut-wrenching story, the background revolves around about this ballet dancer whose bestfriend has been abducted and finally returned after 4 years in captivity. However, Dononvan isn't' really "brought up" in the story until towards the end of the Pointe. Theo wants to dance professionally and she sacrifices everything to be where she wants to be. Reading about her best friend's abduction on the new she discovers some heart-wrenching things about her past as well. Theo becomes romantically involved with the new pianist, Hosea, who is also the school drug dealer. She is lying to her friends about becoming involved with Hosea and she hides her past from them. There was a lot of romance in the story more than ballet and the main plot itself. Theo is making the wrong decisions, and she is becoming too attached to Hosea thinking this fantasy that they are meant to be. Basically putting herself somewhere she shouldn't be, it puts on this intense amount of stress on her that it distracting her while she is practicing ballet. Her nerves are also hyped up because she has to attend her best friend's trial, but there wasn't much detail on the trail which was upsetting. The end of the story seemed to be a little rushed because it ended abruptly. She starts her life over somewhere else because she felt that was the right thing to do. Overall the story had a good background, but i felt like it should've been extended more to capture a better picture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book deals with important things. Most clear is the horrible truths about a girl's lack of self worth. I think this is common. I read it looking for a ballet book, and this really uses ballwt as the background. I skimmed a lot of the inner monologues about romance or love. Tedious. But i am not a young adult. Good book
Bucks-Carol More than 1 year ago
Let me start by telling you that I am a fifty year father of two girls, and I just returned to college. This book was assigned as a must read and when I say I had no interest in reading it, that would be a extreme under statement. However, after I finished reading this book I have nothing but high praise for it. I gave it to my wife because she wanted next and then my 18 year old will get it after her. With so many story lines going all at once, it was hard for me to determine which one I was more curious about. But this book hit home and took on a whole new dimension when a family friends daughter went missing on an early Saturday morning. Suddenly my life was running parallel with Pointe and I felt the book was giving me insight to the real life drama that was unfolding for me. Although I am quite sure that when Brandy Colbert was writing this book, it was not her intention to have her readers reminisce about their high school days, but it did just that for me. When Theo falls for the "bad boy" of the school and then the broken hearts that follow, or getting drunk at the winter formal, this book was all that and more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it is really good
LibertadAraceli More than 1 year ago
Hmmmm.....where do I start? This book had a lot going on in it. It touched on sooo many topics to be about one person. Eating disorders, Pedophilia, Abduction, Depression, pretty much everything you can go through before you reach the ripe age of 18. A little history about the books plot.  The story follows Theo, a high school senior who's only purpose for living is to dance. Her life turns upside down when her childhood best friend returns after being abducted 4 years prior.Or was he? The story revolves around her feelings of everything that lead up to and after that event. Pros: This book managed to tell a very compelling story about a young African American girl where the plot didn't center around her being a black person in America. It might seem like "Oh, what's the big deal?", But a stack of books I've read about black girls almost always centered around them being black, being different or being the "other". That isn't the only story Girls of color have to tell. So this book was a great push in the right direction about a girl going through everyday issues, who just happens to be non white. Theo was a conflicted character. She was going through a lot of stuff. Reading between the lines, I got the impression that she was insanely insecure. She just didn't understand that people surrounding her used her for her body. I guess I was feeling some type of way because most of them were white guys, in fact all of them were white guys. At first I thought it was cute that this really popular, attractive guy from her school liked her, until i realized her never addressed her by her name. It was always "Legs". By referring to her as a part of her body, it reduced how he saw her as a person, she was her body. Nothing more, and when it comes to racially sensitive people, you really have to tread lightly with that. She was from the suburbs of Chicago, so I can understand that most likely she was surrounded by very little brown or black faces, but still, I've seen other books where there were interracial relationships where the men respected and cherished the girls, so that part really bothered me. I liked that Theo wasn't as smart as she thought she was. She thought she had it all figured out, but in reality she was a mess. All she was really right about was that she was good at ballet. She was just really confused about everything else, which at 17, she's pretty much allowed to be. While this isn't the most appropriate of things, i loved how the author showed how realistic teenagers are. I wasn't a big fan of using drugs(in fact i've never gotten high in my life), but the reality was that A LOT of my friends did.I was the exception, I wasn't the rule. A lot of books I read paint girls as bookish hermits who never go to parties but somehow STILL find a way to attract the attention of the most popular, attractive guys in school. In real life that never happens!  The ending of this book had me singing high notes like Mariah! Something finally got through to Theo. I was so pleased with how she handled herself in the end and it made up for all the mistakes she made in the past.Well maybe not all of them, but it was a start! Cons: Most of my issues with the book are marketing related. Like the cover. I think the cover is nice but what is it like the new whitewashing to blur or shade out a person of color on the cover??? I knew that the main character was African American, in fact that was the main reason I bought it, but had I not have known already that she was black, the cover doesn't do much help at letting me know that. The publishing industry is unfair that way. They won't make it easy for people actually looking for books like this. I've passed up an insane amount of opportunities to read about a dancer in a book, the reason why I never picked one up? Because I thought it was goina be about some white girl from Whiteville, America who's the best at what she does, struggles with the same body issues most dancers do and whines about once again not getting the guy she wants. But Pointe is something I would have sought out!Thanks to Diversity in YA, I was able to discover this book, so sites like Diversity in YA are really beneficial to helping people like me find these types of titles! Another issue i had was the title. The title leads us to think that the book is ONLY about ballet, but the truth is it centers on a lot of topics, I wanna say with all the stuff Theo was going through, the book could have easily been about something else like teen body issues or centered just around her friends disappearance. It just seemed like she just happened to be a dancer but the title makes it seem like it's a Center Stage-esque story. How can I say this without sounding like a crab??? I didn't like any of her love interests! Every guy she dealt with didn't really deserve her. Outside of her guy best friends, there wasn't one guy I was sold on. I wish there could have been one guy that treated her the way a girl deserves to be treated. I know that's life, but damn, someone should have redeemed her relationships with guys in this book. My last issue was the amount of characters she introduced. I know she's in high school so tons of people go to high school, but I don't know, i was just really lost in the vast sea of characters. Especially because there wasn't much time spent on introductions or describing them so I really cared for them even less. I think maybe if it had been like 6-8 regular mentions, I would have been satisfied. But it seemed like every other page she introduced someone new that hardly,if ever, made another appearance in the book. I think this book was amazing at showing that black teenage girls can have relatable, realistic and raw stories like white teenage girls. We aren't all confident, strong or inferior like the media paints the picture of black women to be. Like I'm a confident person, but when I was younger, I never considered that other black girls like me weren't. Because many of us aren't raised with the same body issues as our white counterparts, we tend to accept our bodies more so I never considered that black women suffer from eating disorders.Media also doesn't do a justifiable job at showing that black girls/women can be vulnerable. The "Strong Black Woman" is a very hurtful stereotype that paints black women as so strong we are in no need of any help or even deserving of it. Books like this do a real good job at dismantling the ignorance and doubt that I once had and i hope it does the same for many other readers.