Tiny Pretty Things

Tiny Pretty Things

Book - 2015
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Three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet academy compete for the status of prima ballerina, with each willing to sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best
Publisher: New York, NY. : Harpercollins Childrens Books, 2015
ISBN: 9780062342393
Branch Call Number: YF Char
Characteristics: 438 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Clayton, Dhonielle


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Apr 09, 2019

The book that I will be reviewing is Tiny Pretty Things written by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton. This book is about three dancers, Bette, June and Gigi who all attend an exclusive Manhattan Ballet school. Each girl is set on one goal in life, to be the next prima ballerina. Gigi is a free-spirited girl from California who just loves dancing however, she isn't used to the harsh competition. Bette is tired of being in her sisters shadow, and living up to her parents sky high expectations has her making some dangerous choices. June is perfect, in every way and has it all, except for a leading role that will cost her dance for good. When every dancer is two faced, the girls will sabotage, backstab and manipulate just to make it to the top. I enjoyed this book because it relates to me with being the best person in dance. I often will have people who act just like Gigi, Bette and June who fight to be the best in a competition or in a dance school. I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. @PrimaBallerina of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Nov 10, 2017

Brilliantly dramatic and twisted. A tale of frenemies and everything in between. If you love to read books with lots of pressure on characters to succeed (including all the terrible things they'll do to reach their goals), this book is for you.

May 21, 2017

At the most elite ballet academy in the world, everyone knows they’re jostling for the top one or two roles, the ones that will secure them a career. Bette has been dancing at this academy since she was three, and everything about her is a legacy: her sister’s lead soloist role, her mother’s generous donations, and even her boyfriend, whose father is head of the academy. June’s half-Korean heritage and her struggle for the ultrathin ballet body type endanger her very ability to continue dancing, even as she’s using them to pull herself upwards. And most dangerously, Gigi’s status as a Black-girl transplant from California and her exquisite dancing are marking her out as a target for the other girls as relationships and roles slip away from them all.

This book is effortlessly diverse, with characters whom everyone can see themselves in. While I was drawn towards Gigi and June, I could even root for Bette at times. This sense of allegiance means you’re never sure who will come out “on top,” or how the authors could possible finagle a happy ending for every character you love.

There are definitely a lot of loose ends. They're all answered in the sequel, but since the book may seem like a stand-alone it can be off-putting.

Jun 21, 2016

Would be 5 stars... But it leaves SO MANY questions unanswered. Not just like little ones but a very important one. I guess you're supposed to "use your imagination" but really I just want to know what happened (I'm sure we all do.) Four stars instead for the uncompleted conclusion.


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May 21, 2017

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