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.
I am so thrilled to get the chance to welcome this book into the world. It's beautifully written, hard-hitting, and has some of the most realistically flawed teenage characters I've ever read. Pointe deals with some tough issues, including anorexia and molestation. Yet it never feels sensational or over the top. Readers will cheer for every one of Theo's hard-earned revelations and hold their breath as her long-buried secrets threaten her carefully constructed life and her hopes for a future as a professional dancer.
|19 year-old ballerina Michaela DePrince, making the spectacular look easy. Seriously, HOW DO BALLERINAS DO THIS? Photo source: Teen Vogue|
This is truly one of the finest contemporary books you'll read all year, if not ever.
|Theo always rides the subway to ballet class in the city. Source: http://www.pinterest.com/chantelrenee21/live-laugh-dance/|
|She has been taking ballet ever since she was tiny. Source: http://www.dance.net/topic/6177744/1/Ballet-Beginners/Oh-no-first-BALLET-CLASS-Ultimate-guide-for-beginners.html|
|If Black Swan didn't convince you ballet will completely destroy your feet, Pointe will. Source: http://pointeperfect.hubpages.com/hub/Does-Pointe-Shoe-Fit-Really-Matter|
|What Theo wants more than anything is to dance professionally. Source: The Washington Post|
|Professional ballerina Misty Copeland. Source: Huffington Post|
|Dancers from the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Source: DanceTabs|
|Going pro is incredibly demanding. Source: KnightArts.org|
|It takes hours and hours of practice each week. Source: Education Update|
|A good pianist is crucial, especially if he's hot and slightly mysterious. Source: The Performer's Warehouse|
|Michaela DePrince again. This girl is badass, people. You should read about her. Source: http://marinaharss.com/tag/dance-theatre-of-harlem/|
|Sorry, I couldn't resist the optical illusion dancer. Is she spinning clockwise or counter-clockwise?|
|Photo by Jessie Weinberg|
Yay, Brandy! Yay, Pointe! All of us at the Thirteeners are so excited this book is out in the world now.