Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton was astonishingly entertaining! I’m shocked at how good it was! 4/5 stars on Goodreads!
Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.
Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.
Tiny Pretty Things is about ballerinas competing to be the best. And they will do literally anything to end up on top. It’s sickening to read about, but quite intriguing, nonetheless. I’m a dancer, myself (not something I’ll pursue as a career), so I’m familiar with the terminology used in this book. If you have no prior knowledge of ballet (or French) then some of this book will be lost on you. I think you’d appreciate it better if you understood all of the moves and techniques they use when they dance (which, obviously, is quite often). Then again, I’m sure you could just Google everything if you felt like it! This is definitely a book you should pick up if you’re looking for something simple and entertaining! Also, the sequel to Tiny Pretty Things, titled Shiny Broken Pieces (which I was lucky enough to get an ARC of at Yallwest from the EpicReads Booth) comes out on July 12th of this year! I promise that it’s just as good!
The book opens on this insanely strange scene where a girl named Cassandra is dropped during a lift and becomes seriously injured. This is where we first meet Bette. That girl is freaking insane. She’s obsessed with ballet. Like, scary obsessed. She has this overwhelming determination to become independent and not always be associated as Adele’s little sister. She seems to mostly be out for Cassie, who returns at the end of this book. I suppose it’s because Cassie seemed like the biggest threat and best dancer to Bette. She’s legitimately frightening, what she’s capable of. She apparently has a simple time manipulating those around her.
I like Gigi, because out of all of them, she seems the least, let’s say, bloodthirsty. She’s only there to dance, not to hurt the other girls. She’s like a bee, don’t bother her and she won’t bother you. If only she didn’t have that complication of her heart having a hole in it. And her butterflies! That’s awful that they got killed.
June needs medical attention. She shouldn’t be hiding her bulimia, even though that’s literally what everyone with bulimia probably tries to do (I wouldn’t know, I’ve never had an eating disorder). How has no one tried to help yet? Like, she’s probably one of the skinniest girls at their ballet academy. *shivers*