Pointe by Brandy Colbert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
POINTE. Every single dark thing a young adult novel could be about is in this one. It’s a wonder it all pulled through in the end. The character is not one to love but feel for. And feel for her...and him, we do. All the dark aside, there's how she is a product of what she fails to acknowledge; then there's how it takes an outsider- one who who is unknown to her history- to call things as they are... While the first establishes her as being broken, it's the second that adds even more emphasis to the the fact that she's too broken even to realize it herself.
Notable are the almost casual additionsof sex, coarse language, and drugs... Not one of it is innocuous, each thing allowed to happen just further establishes that they're not just 'good' kids or 'bad' for that matter... a lot of them here have a good side and a bad side and a dark one. The non one-dimensionality of all of them had them reading more plausible; none of them are just jocks, just brains, or just drama queens, but are each all that... and more. Even more interesting: how non-clique they came off as. Pointe sheds off expectations of things like those; instead offers up a picture of The Flawed.
Except given the plethora of issues thrown in, I felt like Pointe was almost trying too hard; After School Special on steroids with rape, kidnapping, abuse, drugs, body-image issues, relationships, manipulation, expectation, and weven ambition to contend with... Well, there's a lot that a reader is made to contend with, yes? Yes.
The blurb hooks one in with the mention of an abduction then a return; but without setting the gravity of that aside this one comes to focus on who she is and why as well as how everything she's gone through has shaped her. This becomes most obvious though not immediately apparet in the romantic aspect- because first there's who she chooses but more importantly 'why.' In particular, 'why' she allows things to progress as they do. There's a sad realization given that unsaid connection between who she was and who she was with as it related to (and even mirrors) her present.
This was dark… then darker with each thing revealed.
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