Synopses & Reviews
Theo is better now.
Shes 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 abductionand his abductor.
Donovan isnt talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didnt do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything shes been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse.
Brandy Colbert dazzles in this heartbreaking yet hopeful debut novel about learning how to let go of even our most shameful secrets.
"Theo Cartwright, from one of the few black families in a predominantly white Chicago suburb, lives for ballet, and she's destined for stardom on stage. When her childhood best friend Donovan who disappeared four years earlier at age 13 resurfaces, Theo's life is upended. Debut novelist Colbert has written an extraordinary book about dance, seamlessly intertwined with the chilling aftermath of a kidnapping. In honest, confident prose, Colbert builds characters whose flaws, struggles, and bad decisions make them real and indelibly memorable. Theo may be a gifted and driven dancer, but she's also still a 17-year-old who can shut down a smug classmate with an acid remark, drinks and smokes with her friends, became sexually involved with an older guy at 13 (and never really thought of it as rape), is keeping an eating disorder in check, and carries heavy secrets about her connection to Donovan's disappearance. Colbert gives all her characters similar depth (including the pianist/school drug dealer Theo is drawn to, even though he has a girlfriend), and it's this complexity and empathy that set this gripping story apart. Ages 14 up. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. (Apr.)Ã¢Â–" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"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
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 thats 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 its 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
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.