The Turning Pointe by Vanessa L. Torres

The Turning Pointe

Vanessa L. Torres

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432 pages | first published 2022

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A bold and emotionally gripping novel about a teenage Latinx girl finding freedom through dance and breaking expectations in 1980s Minnesota.When sixteen-year-old Rosa Dominguez pirouettes, she is poetry in pointe shoes. And as the daughter of a t...
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Summary of 22 reviews


emotional 100%
hopeful 81%
inspiring 72%
sad 36%
reflective 27%
adventurous 18%
challenging 9%


medium 70%
slow 20%
fast 10%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 66% | A mix: 22% | Plot: 11%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 70% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 10%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

It's complicated: 44% | Yes: 44% | No: 11%

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