Monday, 14 July 2014

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Blurb (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.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars

Pointe(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This was an okay story, but I got bored.

Theo was an okay character, but her actions and her thoughts didn’t quite marry up. She claimed to love ballet, and wanted to dance professionally, but then at the same time she was smoking – both marijuana and cigarettes, and drinking alcohol! Surely if she was that focused on ballet she wouldn’t be ruining her lungs smoking!

The storyline in this just didn’t sit right. Right at the beginning we found out that Donovan was alive, but then didn’t actually meet him until the 90% mark, and even then it was a very brief cameo. I mean really? I thought that was the main point of the story, and in the movie this would be a non-speaking role!

Then we found out a little bit about Theo’s eating disorder, but it was more a past-tense sort of thing. We were told that she had had an eating disorder, and her not eating properly still was alluded to, but not enough time was spent on this to make it feel like an important part of the story, it was more like a side story.

Then we had the mystery over what had happened to Donovan, which again wasn’t explored until the very end of the book, which was again disappointing. I expected much more about Donovan than was actually in here.

There was some romance, but I wasn’t impressed really. Theo picked the wrong person, the wrong time, and the wrong situation, and basically set herself up to be hurt. It was a disaster of a romance really.

I also don’t really know why this book was called ‘Pointe’, because there wasn’t much about the ballet in it, and Theo didn’t even really act like a ballerina! Another disappointment.

The ending was also less than special. We did eventually find out what happened, but not totally, and even when we did find out I was bored.

I have to say that I was disappointed with this book overall. The eating disorder wasn’t given enough air-time, the mystery was dragged out for too long, we didn’t even get to meet Donovan properly, the romance was a disaster, and there wasn’t really much about ballet at all. Not to mention that the pace was too slow, and I was bored for the majority of the book.
Overall; not impressed,
4.5 out of 10.

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