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Tiny Pretty Things

(Tiny Pretty Things #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  5,231 ratings  ·  1,138 reviews
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. Privileg
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by HarperTeen
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"Ballet makes you all so sad. You never used to be like this."

i won this book at the bookriot live thingie by answering a question about thomas bernhard during the "ask the audience" portion of booknerd jeopardy. which is likely the first and last time thomas bernhard and Tiny Pretty Things will appear in a sentence together.

this book is a jumble of strengths and weaknesses, so it's a pretty solid middle-three stars for me.

in the strengths column, i thought it provided a fascinating look at the
C.G. Drews
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to C.G. by: Emily Mead
Okay WOW I'm severely traumatised. There's nothing like a school of backstabbing ballerinas to get me very grateful that I am a potato and the most dancing I've committed is head-bopping to Incey Wincey Spider to please my baby nieces. (Note: they were not pleased. Little beasts.) BECAUSE DANCING IS FREAKING SCARY AND COMPETITIVE. I was like so sure everyone was going to end up DEAD in this book. omg. Who has shattered nerves? Oh. Oh it's just me.

Oh but ignore my whining, BECAUSE I TRULY DID ENJ
Emma Giordano
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!
Elise (TheBookishActress)
this book did not deserve to be DNFed, probably.

I also officially made A Discovery. You know what that discovery is? I love moral ambiguity and I also hate petty drama. You know what I like? Feuds of two characters on opposing sides of a moral quandry in which both win and lose. You know what I definitely do not like and would like to never see again in my reading? Pettiness between the Mean Girl and the Slightly Less Mean Girl.

You know what creates some weird connotations? The fact that both qu
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars

I feel like I'm so torn about this book. On the one hand, the story is so interesting and turns very mysterious. The cast is incredibly diverse and the book deals with a lot of really big issues. The unreliable narrators made for an added interesting element to the story. But books about girl drama and girls being awful to each other just rubs me the wrong way always. I've never been a part of the dance community so I don't know exactly how competitive it is, but the drama just felt
I'm still not over this, this is literally one of my favourite reads so far this year! 4.5 Stars because of how much I loved this.

"Ballet is supposed to be beautiful. You're making it ugly." - Mr. K

Trigger Warning, this review will talk about disorders and addiction.

Honestly, I have no idea why I enjoyed this book so much, but I really really did. So we get this story is three different peoples points of view. We have Bette, Gigi and June they are all so different from one another. All three are
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“The Sugar Plum Fairy has farthest to fall.”

Wow! This book was certainly pretty cut-throat! And there was so much back-stabbing going on!

I liked the characters in this book, although they all seemed to do crazy things at times, and to take massive risks to get what they wanted. Bette was blood-thirsty, Gigi ignored her heart condition, and June flirted with anorexia, and a
Wendy Darling
Setting this aside around 50 pages or so. I liked the descriptions of dance, and the fact that the girls represent a variety of different ethnic backgrounds--some of them are even spot-on in describing subtle cultural and parental pressures.

But I dunno, the backstabby thing starts right off the bat and is in every chapter, and it's hard to get a handle on that or even care when you haven't gotten to know anyone yet, and when there are so many in this cast of characters--and when the backstabbin
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It has been a long time since I've read a book featuring ballet so the synopsis for this book attracted me instantly. Unfortunately, this one turned out to not be my cup of tea.

Why I didn't like Tiny Pretty Things:

- The multiple perspectives. It's always a hard task to get multiple POVS pat down, and while I had no trouble distinguishing the voices of the three main characters, I felt no emotional attachment towards any of them. Charaipotra and Clayton's nove
Jun 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Why do I keep reading these books??

This was dull.
It draaaaaaged like no other YA contemporary has dragged before.
It was dull.
There was a spechul snowflake to out spechul all the other spechul snowflakes in existence.
It was dull.
There was cliché after tiresome cliché.
It was dull.
There was absolutely no feeling of suspense because of how clichéd it was.
It was dull.
There was ridiculous instalove.
It was dull.
There were about fifty billion different ridiculous love triangles.
It was
Jen Ryland
This was an entertaining story about a bunch of competitive/mean girl/borderline homicidal ballerinas. Think Black Swan meets Gossip Girls. These girls are obsessed with a) getting the best part in the latest ballet, b) making sure their competitors don't get the best part in the latest ballet and c) their -- and each other's -- appearances. Not sure I've ever read a book where characters not in love with/in lust with each other spent so much time talking and thinking about how the other charact ...more
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Second reread: July 15, 2016

I finished rereading Tiny Pretty Things just in time to start the sequel. It's safe to say, I love it so much better. If you haven't pick up this book yet, who are you. Review to come.

Tiny Pretty Thing is not a story about female friendship, it is the contradictory. This is for all the girls who tried, but got rejected, girls who felt alienated and abused by their own sex. It’s miserable, it’s being caught in a tornado of anger and sadness. The story didn’t glamorize
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, ya-realistic-fic
Everyone loves guilty pleasure reading and Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton is just that. A mix of Center State & Pretty Little Liars, Tiny Pretty Things is pure, unadulterated entertainment.

The premise is simple: the story follows three ballet students at the elite, cutthroat American Ballet Company in NYC. As with similar ballet school dramas, it’s trope-heavy. There’s the bulimic (June), the Regina George in pointe shoes (Bette), and the good girl (Gigi). The
Rhea Dsouza
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tiny Pretty Things was everything it promised it would be—dark, intense, dramatic. And, it was all the things I didn’t expect it to be—diverse, real, scary. When a book promises me a mix of Pretty Little Liars and Black Swan, obviously I’m going to finish the book in a single sitting. And I did. And I loved it, goddammit.

The book follows the three best dancers—Bette, June and Gigi—of a Manhattan ballet school that trains its students to enter the American Ballet Company. It is an exclusive schoo
Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
Originally posted on Super Space Chick:

Tiny Pretty Things is the first book in a series by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton focusing on the competitive world of ballet. As soon as I heard the pitch (Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars) I knew this book would be something I would enjoy. There’s something so fascinating to me about these girls who have such dedication to their talent, follow a strict set of rules and how cutthroat they can be toward one another because they’re competing i
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

* it’s about ballerinas, and as someone who REALLY WANTED to be a ballerina when I was younger, I LOVE BOOKS WITH BALLERINAS
* very intense - both of them were honestly such page turners, I binged them SO quickly - they were like chocolate in book form
* diversity yaaaassss - 2 of the POV characters are black and asian, respectively
* everyone backstabs everyone and it’s deliciously evil and devious and I loved it, because sometimes we need books where we hate everyone
* so much drama and
Backstabbing Ballerinas.
These books are so intense. This is my favorite contemporary series for a reason.

I love all the girls, because they're all terrible. Well, not Gigi - not yet.

Bette and Sei-Jin are "mean girls", but not your stereotypical mean girls. June is silent and dangerous. Gigi is a good person, but this school brings out the worst in everyone.

The only complaint I have is that I didn't like the romance. Alec is dull and I do not understand what Bette and Gigi see in him.
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it

After finishing Tiny Pretty Things, I've come to wonder whether all ballerinas are like this, whether they are all super competitive. There is so much drama, tons of it, and why do these girls just keep harassing each other?

The chapters alternate between Gigi, the new girl in New York from California, Bette, the girl who has everything, and June, the perfectionist. Gigi is new and the only black ballet dancer in the Academy, and even so she has been casted the lead roles in both The N
Renée Ahdieh
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
i adored this book. such a spot-on depiction of the high-stakes world of young girls vying to be the next prima ballerina.

the wonderful thing about TINY PRETTY THINGS is that it's not a book that shies away from both sides of the coin, nor is it a book that unnecessarily glamorizes anything. though i've never been embroiled in such a world, i feel as though this comes as close as i'll ever be to what it's like to struggle, to fight, to slave over something that, by its very definition needs to c
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, 2016
full review up here!

first reread: June 2016
I loved it just as much this second time around... let me just tell you, this book has me LIVING for the drama.

I was sucked into this book within ten pages, and I barely put it down the entire time I was reading it. if you like drama and lots of it, this book may be the one for you. it's nonstop drama filled with determined and sometimes truly mean girls, serious subjects like eating disorders and drug use, all against the beautiful and painful backdr
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So glad my dreams of going to White Lodge were killed off fairly quickly, I don't think I could have made it in the cutthroat ballet world.

More like a 3.5 stars, but Goodreads won't give us half stars!

Great points: the diversity! I loved it. I loved that there were dancers from so many places - Gigi from Californa was African American challenging the stereotypes that dancers like Missy Copeland face on a daily basis. June, her roommate is half Korean and always the understudy who never fits in
Tiffany (About to Read)
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Tiny Pretty Things was unexpectedly awesome! I knew from the pitch “Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars” that this was going to be my kind of book. But Man did I love it!!! This is one of those books that you’re going to want to force all of your friends to read. And if you want to read it and chat about it with me than please, please do! I have so many feels on this one and I am
Fafa's Book Corner

I'm really tired of posting full reviews for DNF's. So I've decided to post a mini review.

This is a case of 'It not you but me.' This book is too dramatic for my taste. I have yet to find a ballet book that works for me.

I recommend this to contemporary fans who like lots of drama in their contemporaries.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good book filled with ballerinas who will do ANYTHING to get what they want. I listened to the audio book and I love how each character had a different voice actor. Can’t wait to read the next book and see what happens next!
Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
I received a free copy via edelweiss for review purposes.

Wow. I don't really know what to think of Tiny Pretty Things. Just that it was so ENDLESSLY AWESOME.

Tiny Pretty Things is about the bitter rivalries at a ballet conservatory and is written from three perspectives. June wants to be noticed for the great dancer she is; she no longer wants to be invisible or in the shadows, and she needs a lead role otherwise her mother might destroy her dreams forever. Gigi is carefree and optimistic and a f
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
Back when Tiny Pretty Things released, there weren't that many reviews nor hype for it which is why it got lost in the endless backlog in my tbr. Then one of my good friends read it a few months ago and this particular line from Sue's review was what pulled me in: "Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton redefines the term unlikable heroines." WHAT? Ballet? Unlikable heroines? WHERE DO I SIGN UP was my immediate reaction.

The first book is extremely brutal (and can be triggering, so please procee
This was truly amazing!
In Tiny Pretty Things we follow these three girls that go to an elite ballet school. Bette, who's older sister is kind of a legend and she's trying to follow in her footsteps. June, a half-Korean girl that suffers from an eating disorder and has always been the understudy. And Gigi, a black girl that just moved from California and is quickly rising to the top. These girls can get very competitive and things get intense!

My favorite thing about this book was how flawed the c
I.W. Gregorio
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book. THIS BOOK! I was hooked from page one, and after squeezing in the first three chapters over the course of a few days, I was desperate to finish it. Finished the last 350pp or so in one sitting, staying up until 3am even though I needed to get up early the next morning.

There's so much to love about this book - it's exceptionally well-written, with complex, fully-realized characters. It's told through the perspective of three different girls, and the insight into the jealousy, rivalry
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, poc-author

This book was super ridiculous, but I still enjoyed it on a really superficial level.
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