Book Review : Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhionielle Clayton:

May 18, 2015 Book review 12 ★★★

Yep, another ballet book!  What can I say; I just can’t ever resist these.

Book Review : Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhionielle Clayton:Tiny Pretty Things by Sona CharaipotraDhonielle Clayton
Published by HarperCollins on May 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Dance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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three-stars

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.

First Line of Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhionielle Clayton:

“It always feels like death.”

My thoughts on Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhionielle Clayton: 

I picked this book up for the ballet, no shocker there for regular readers of this blog.  I’ve a little obsession about books with this setting and they are on my auto-read queue.  However even though I came for the ballet, I stayed for the diversity as that was the real high point of this book.

I feel we don’t have enough YA books that feature characters from diverse backgrounds and I loved that here we finally got that.  The girls come from different races and cultures and one has a medical disorder.  All of these elements are a significant and natural part to the story without overwhelming it.   And I loved that it added a realistic flavour to the book.

The story is told from the first person perspective of three different girls at the ballet school and I have to admit I felt it was a bit disjointed at times.   The reason I felt like that was that I only liked one of the girls and always felt a bit annoyed when I moved to another character.  If you think ballet is pink and fluffy well then this book will rip that illusion to shreds for you.  And two of the characters embody all things nasty about the competitive side of ballet.

It’s full of drama and there is no shortage of back stabbing, revenge, eating disorders and thoroughly spiteful characters.  But it’s all so messed up and vicious that I loved that!  It felt like watching an episode of Gossip Girl mashed up with Mean Girls mashed up with Black Swan.  It captures the characters vulnerabilities, their evil side, their ambition and it all added up to a bit of page turner for me.

Despite all that three things stopped me from loving this one:

–  I didn’t connect fully with two of the characters so I was less than eager when reading their chapters.

–  I thought the ending was confusing and a bit too open ended.

–  I wanted more ballet.  It has a ballet setting but there is a disappointing lack of actual ballet during the book.

 

But even though I didn’t love it, I did really enjoy it.  And found it hard to put down while reading it which is always a sign that a book is working for me.

 

Rating Report
Characters
three-stars
Setting
three-half-stars
Pace
three-stars
Did I feel it?
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

 

Who should read Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhionielle Clayton?

I’d recommend this to you if you like ballet school settings,  mean girl characters and twisted plotlines.  It’s also a good book if you are looking for a YA read with diversity in it.

Thanks to Harper Collins and Edelweiss for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

 

three-stars

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12 Responses to “Book Review : Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhionielle Clayton:”

  1. Christy

    Yeah, it sucks when there are characters you don’t care for and are stuck with their POV. Glad it was still a page turner though. I can’t recall if I’ve read a ‘ballet book’. I’ve read them where a character was a former dancer or still does, but it isn’t a real part of the story.
    Christy recently posted…Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

    • trish

      Yes, it’s annoying when POV switches happen and you are just not so invested in their storyline. I’m such a sucker for the ballet books, I gobble them up!

    • trish

      Oh well it happens and overall I still enjoyed the book so it was more positive then negative. I hope you love it when you get to it 🙂

    • trish

      The multiple POV thing I’m ok with but when you don’t like some of the characters it can be a bit annoying. I just wanted to get back to the POV that I was most interested in.

    • trish

      I only read the first book in the Yelena Black series and didn’t love it. The cover is one of my all time favs though! And the diverse characters certainly shone though in this one which was great.

    • trish

      The cattiness level was SO high but I did find it believable because it’s such a competitive environment. And yes I think I might have enjoyed it more if these was some element of friendship present.

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