04/07/2014

Review: Pointe {Brandy Colbert}


★★★☆☆
Written by Brandy Colbert
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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 childhood friend Donovan returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving the memories of his abduction. And his abductor. Donovan isn't talking, and even though Theo knows she didn't do anything wrong, telling the truth could put everything she's worked for at risk. But keeping quiet could be worse.
 
A part of me loved this book for the ending alone; for the tragic, beautiful, it's-going-to-be-okay-now finish. But the other part of me feels like that can't redeem the rest of the story for being incredibly boring and irrelevant.

For me, the main selling point of this book was Donovan coming back after years spent with his kidnapper, and seeing him interact with people. Seeing how it affected him and the kind of person he was now. Slowly learning the truth about what happened and struggling alongside him and Theo as they tried to come to terms with everything.

But Pointe isn't Donovan's story, at all. Donovan is in the book for about two seconds, right at the end, when the most exciting and gut-wrenching part of the story happens. Aside from that cameo, he is basically absent. He's talked about a lot, his story debated in classrooms, and we see flashes of him as a child through Theo's eyes, but Donovan, now, after his trauma, is not a part of the book.

That was disappointing, to say the least. Instead of exploring the most interesting aspect of this story, we're forced to endure chapter after chapter of Theo not eating, doing ballet, and kissing somebody she shouldn't be kissing. It was not the story I wanted to read.

There were rare moments of brilliance though, which were always in Theo's flashbacks. Not only with Donovan and their childhood friendship, but her relationship with Donovan's kidnapper. The scenes with Theo and that guy were perfectly creepy, intense, and fascinating in the most sickening way. Those are the parts I looked forward to most, and they were the segments that kept me going through the rest of the book.

Pointe covers a lot of overwhelmingly interesting and spine-chilling topics like rape, kidnapping, grooming, and the dangers you never see coming. I just wished it had focused more on those things, and less on Theo's everyday life. Theo was a great narrator, but everything felt so repetitive and, really, there are only so many times I can read about someone going to school, kissing someone, not eating, then doing ballet, then going to school, kissing someone, not eating, then doing ballet, before I start to skim-read.

Pointe has an interesting premise, but it fails to live up to the story it could have been. If it wasn't for the flashes into the past and that tragically hopeful ending, then this would've been a two star read. As it is, the brilliance with which the flashbacks were written, and the intensity of those final chapters, saved things.

"It's scary to want something so much and not be sure if you're good enough." 

 

Allie has planned out a trio of marvellous desserts for Valentine's weekend. She'll be baking up a storm for love day! And that's not just a metaphor, because when she bakes, the kitchen ends up looking like it's been hit by a hurricane. But hey, the sugar makes the clean-up all worth while.
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26 comments:

  1. Oh that sucks that most of it was skim-reading-worthy. Dang. I have high hopes for this one, actually. I love the premise and it sounds so sad and creepy and omg, really scary. I'm still going to try it, but knowing me, I'll probably be skimming a lot too...

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    1. I thought it was going to be super creepy and amazing and :( nope it was not. It was basically just lots of unnecessary drama

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  2. Damn it Allie.
    Thanks for turning me OFF another books.
    Urgh this is all your fault....

    I'm kidding jeez! Don't get your panties in a twist ;)
    I've been debating whether or not to read this one since I heard it was a pretty emotional read but now i'm not so sure. I have to admit I am curouis about that ending though...

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    1. I will give negative reviews to EVERYTHING you want to read and you will never again be able to enjoy a book mwahahahahahahahaha ;)

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  3. It's funny that I haven't been seeing a lot of reviews for this book around, considering it got a lot of hype late last year. But eh, after reading your review I'll doubt I'll give this a go. I mean, it sounds interesting enough, and I'm totally curious about this tragic ending, but boring? That's the one thing in books I absolutely cannot stand.

    Pointe definitely sounds like it could've been a lot more interesting if it was more focused on Donovan! Um... what IS it's main story, if it doesn't focus on him? :P I think I would be pretty annoyed too if I was forced to go through chapter after chapter of Theo's not-that-interesting life instead of Donovan's.

    I swear, there're more and more books these days with amazing sounding blurbs whose stories just don't live up to our expectations, like this one. I'm glad that you were still able to enjoy this overall, though, even if some parts bugged you. Lovely review as always, Allie! :D

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    1. The main story is Theo having a crush on a guy she shouldn't and kissing a guy she shouldn't and not eating and feeling guilty. That is it. Donovan would've been an amazing character if, you know, he was actually IN the book :P

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  4. It sounds like Donovan made a huge impression on you in the last scene that he was present, but it's such a shame that he isn't there at all. I would be frustrated as well because the story does sound like it's his. I understand your frustration with the book's writing. The repetition would most likely drive me up the wall as well. Although I'm curious about the kidnapper and his relationship to Donovan and Theo. It sounds fascinating!
    Great review, Allie. I'm sorry this didn't live up to your full expectations.

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    1. If this was a movie, he would've literally had one line. It's actually quite funny in that respect lol.

      The parts about the kidnapping really are fascinating though and did make up for the boring parts in a way. But I just don't feel like I can rate a book highly just because of two or three things, when the rest of the story wasn't as enthralling. I wanted so much more than this book gave me.

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  5. How disappointing! Why do all books seem to revert to the run of the mill YA romance kind of thing? It sounds like this book had great potential, but too bad it didn't live up. Lovely review Allie.

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    1. God knows. I wish it hadn't been a focus, especially considering how it ended (which, by the way, I SAW COMING). It made me kind of angry at Theo to see her be so naive

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  6. Aww...I'm sorry this was such a disappointment Allie! :( It's always a shame when books with such interesting premises turn out to be poorly executed. I'm glad to hear that the flashbacks were - at the very least - well done, and that the final chapters were epic. I think I'm going to skip this one though, because the things you've mentioned will probably bother me too. Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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    1. That's the thing with this one - the potential was amazing, but the author tried this technique of having the story focus on the character rather than the amazing plot-that-could've-been and it just didn't work. I think it was supposed to build up the tension, but I didn't feel like that was affective

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  7. Awww :( That's too bad. I've been looking forward to reading this book. The cover looks so eerie. GAAAH! This book was so expensive….grrr what am I suppose to do with it now?

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    1. Oh, do still read it! I don't ever want to put people off books. I just wasn't a fan of the way Colbert went about telling the story – I would've much preferred something like alternating chapters between Theo and Donovan. That way, even if Donovan didn't actually speak, we'd still get some insight and it would help to break up the story a bit

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  8. Oh, no! So sorry this was a snooze-fest for you, hon. You know, for some reason when I saw the cover, I thought of ballet and you mentioned it in your review. Heh. Me is a good detective *grins* Sory it failed to impress you though. Yeah? You liked thos creepy parts? Ha! You creep, Allie. (Shhh. Don't tell anyone! I'd probably like those parts too. They mess with your mind and heart ;)) I'm glad you enjoyed it as a whole,, but I wish it could have been more impressive for you. Great review, miss!

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    1. Thing is, ballet isn't actually that big of a part of it, so I don't get why that's on the cover? Considering everything, I would've thought they'd choose a different image. Maybe they just liked the creep-factor of a ballerina against a black background lol.

      YES. I enjoy the gross, disturbing parts. Something wrong with that? ;)

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  9. I always wonder if 15% of great is worth 85% of not so great. But that cover is swoon worthy. I will tell you that I wasn't really sure by the blurb alone what the book was about so I had to read through it two or three times. It sounds intriguing though. I'm not totally swayed against it. . .

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    1. I don't want you to be swayed against it at all :) I think it's an interesting one for people to read and I'd love to see if you agree with my view on Colbert's storytelling. Some people seem to love the angle she played it from - following Theo's everyday life, with this thing in the background, building up the tension. It's just that, personally, I felt like it was dragging things out and putting off the big ending, rather than building suspense

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  10. I've read so many super positive reviews of this, so it's nice to find one that mentions some negatives. It seems a shame that Donovan in't more present in this book, what happened to him is scary and intriguing and already I want to know more!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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    1. So did I! I suppose that's what made the ending so good – that we FINALLY got to the bottom of everything and got the whole story

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  11. Oh man, it's really disappointing to hear that Donovan isn't really in the story much. While reading the summary I was really intrigued about his story most of all. Sometimes I'm swayed by a story when the ending is amazing, but I don't think in this case the ending outweighs the story. Great review!

    Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms.

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    1. I thought the whole story would be specifically focused around him . . . but apparently not lol. The ending is amazing and I did feel like it redeemed the book in some ways, but if an ending is the best thing about a book, then that's not usually a good sign!

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  12. i have my eyes on this one for a while, the synopsis seems so promising! in spite of everything you just said i steel feel like reading it just for a chance to read that ending you just mentioned! :) great review
    Boyanna @The Bookmaidens

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    1. Oh you should definitely still read it! Like I said, the flashbacks and the ending are absolutely fantastically well done and it is great to slowly unravel the mystery of everything :)

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  13. I have been contemplating this one for a while now. The blurb sounds so intriguing so it's a shame it was such a let down in a lot of ways. I feel the repetitiveness would really get to me, it would definitely make me want to skim read. But, despite all of that, your review has still made me want to read this book just for the ending and to see what it's all about. If I see this at work then I will probably borrow it but I won't be buying it now. Thanks for the honest review :)

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    1. Yeah, it really was disappointing to read because the description just sounded so intense and haunting, and yet the book didn't focus on that. Let me know what you think once you've read it!

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