Book Review: “Tiny Pretty Things” by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

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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.”

Rose Worthy Features

From the beginning of this book I was hooked! The book was so interesting and reminded me so much of Dance Academy and Dance Moms (but without the moms). I loved it!

Let’s start with the characters, so first I’m going to say that Gigi was by far my favorite character! She was so sweet and innocent and overall such an amazing sweet character! I loved her so much and because I liked her so much, I did not like any of the other characters that bullied to her. Cough cough Bette and June cough cough. Both Bette and June had awful family lives and dealt with their own personal problems but they were still these appalling bullies that were so self-absorbed. Bette has the pressure of living up to her prodigy older sister, while June is facing her own struggles of trying to finally be noticed. Overall though I think Bette and June played their roles are bullies perfectly. I hated them and pitied them the whole time I read this book.

I liked how this book was split up between two different performances, in my opinion, it switched things up and made the book more interesting. Honestly, the whole book is pretty much June and Bette pulling little pranks on Gigi and dealing with their own personal struggles. Even though that may sound boring but it really wasn’t. The plot was engaging and had me questioning what would happen next. The drama is real though. Take my word for it, especially towards the end. People are betrayed and questions are answered.

Thorny Features

Even though I’m a sucker for a good romance book, one thing I did not like the instant romance. I like seeing a relationship build, but in this book, I feel like it just started. Gigi happens to be the one who falls for some guy but falling for that guy may have been the cause for a lot of her problems.

Final Thoughts 

Overall, I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5. Don’t get me wrong this book was interesting, but I just don’t think its five stars worthy. I loved the whole dancer aspect I think that made the book so interesting and I’ve never read a book that took this type of route. This book definitely shows the struggles of being a dancer but definitely overexaggerated it. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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