Publisher: HarperTeen (May 26, 2015)
Rating: 4 stars
Cover Rating : 8.5
SYNOPSIS: 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.
Buy the book: Amazon Barnes and Noble OMG! This book is everything. A cross between Mean Girls/Pretty Little Liars/Center Stage. I literally read this book in one day. Told from three POV of views you get to see what high competitive dancing is all about. Let me say that it’s intense and nerve-racking and deadly. Well in Tiny Pretty Things it is. I know the author Sona Charaipotra exaggerated some of the things that happen around competitive dancing but she did it in a good way. The mean girls were extra mean, the drama was extra juicy and the nastiness of the competition extra nasty. Not knowing anything about this competitive dancing—I’m using that a lot aren’t I? Anyways, I felt like a fly on the wall as I watched the drama unfold. Rooting for the underdog. Hoping for the best but knowing things are about to get ugly. Told from three different POV you get to see in the minds of Gigi—the only black female attending this prestige school. Who must face prejudice and racial inclinations from her classmates. Yeah cause there aren’t many African American ballerinas around. Bette–the prodigy. The one who must overcome her sister’s shadow and be the best at all cost. Also she’s self-centered and snobby most of the time. And then you have June–the overachiever and perfectionist. All she really wants is her family understanding and approval. I must warn readers that there are some triggers. Including eating disorders and the need to perfect. You know—all the societal pressures that plague females young and old.
Overall, Tiny Pretty Things is a really good read. I literally read it in one day. Yes there are a few things wrong with it. Like the ending. It wasn’t the best and I didn’t feel satisfied at all. I hope there is a continuation. Secondly, two of the character weren’t all that relate able. Well, none of them were but at least with Gigi she did seem to have a conscience at time. After all dancing was her life. It’s what she wanted to do. June and Bette I couldn’t get in there mindset. They were fake and rather obnoxious most of the time. Like everything belong to them and only them. Especially Bette. Still a good read with its flaws. Plus that cover is gorgeous. I’m such a cover whore 🙂
*Received an advanced copy of this from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A New York City-based writer and editor with more than a decade’s worth of experience in print and online media, I’ve written for the New York Times, People, TeenPeople, American Way, ABC News, Premiere, Modern Bride, The Daily Beast, and other major national publications. With a fat rolodex of entertainment contacts, well-honed reporting, writing and editorial skills and a knack for project (and people!) management, I’m the girl to call for celebrity scoop and poignant profiles. But I can also pull together a quick personality-driven gift guide, round up real women’s recession-busting financial tips, blog about the latest film business trend or pen a flavorful narrative on culinary vacations in colonial Mexico. Whether I’m interviewing Drew Barrymore or writing about mybackpacking adventure through India, you can expect crisp, clean, clever copy on or before deadline. Check out my Portfolio.