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Tiny Pretty Things

(Tiny Pretty Things #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  12,807 ratings  ·  2,369 reviews
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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.

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton, and the author of the highly anticipated Symptoms of a Heartbreak, Sona Charaipotra.

Gigi, Bette, and June, thr
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
Emma Giordano
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!
Elle (ellexamines)
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
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
Sarah Elizabeth
(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
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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
eli ♡
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Look, this was the shit for me. It was so addicting and had me gripped until the last page. I loved the drama, the characters, and the plot. There was so much backstabbing and secrets revealed that I wanted to grab some popcorn and read this novel like it was a telenovela.

There were some characters in this book that I didn't like at all, but then I get a glimpse of who they really are "behind the mask". I loved how this concept seemed so simple, yet these authors could warp it into something so
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 glamoriz
Jen Ryland
May 16, 2017 added it
Shelves: wndb
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
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-realistic-fic, ya
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 nar
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
Dannii Elle
This is the first instalment in the Tiny Pretty Things series.

"At one of Manhattan's most elite ballet schools, wafer-thin ballerinas pull their hair into sleek buns and lace their pointe shoes high, waiting for their chance to shine. But beneath the pretty, polished surface, these girls are hiding some terrible secrets and telling some twisted lies."

This first portion of the synopsis provided the majority of the focus, throughout. The polished realm of elite ballerinas is easy to romanticise bu
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
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.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poc-author, 2015

This book was super ridiculous, but I still enjoyed it on a really superficial level.
Nov 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
definitely not me adding this book because i love the cover but will probably end up hating the book if i actually get around to reading it from what i can tell from the synopsis.

who, ME? noooo
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
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 in an
One of my jams is stories set at boarding schools. And even better, a boarding school with an elite student body. So, this book felt like a fun, soapy slam dunk grand jeté.

But I just cannot keep going for one more goddamn page.

Bette, June, and Gigi (short for Giselle) are all students and our narrators at an exclusive ballet/boarding school in New York City, clearly modeled on the School of American Ballet. They all want to snag the plum (I’m so sorry) role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the annua
Mary Books and Cookies
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
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
Caroline Talton
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
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.
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
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars
This is a fun and addicting story, involving juicy teenage drama with plenty of gossip and backstabbing. Reading this novel felt like eating an indulgent dessert. The story was fairly superficial in nature, yet it was deliciously decadent to consume.

I appreciated the diversity within the cast of characters, in terms of both ethnicity and sexual orientation. It's refreshing to read about a representative casts of teenagers, particularly in a ballet setting, which is a notoriously Caucasi
Feb 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnfed
EDIT: i tried giving it a go again, but I DNF'ed after pushing myself to page 320. I know I am quite close to the ending, but I just don't care. The characters are plain, the story revolves about backstabbing ballerinas without advancing (or at last it feels like that to me) and I am done.

I am sorry, because i love other books by Clayton, but this one I can't seem to enjoy...

It wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't for me and halfway it I stopped reading.
Soha Ashraf
A story of ballerinas in a ballet school, backstabbing each other and pulling menacing pranks. Watching it might have been more entertaining, rather than reading about all the dance practices, pirouettes and leotards. I am reluctant to read the next book in the series but I also wanna know how the story ends.
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!
kav (xreadingsolacex)
Tiny Pretty Things is a hauntingly beautiful book about deception, cruelty, and just how far one is willing to go to get to the top.

I absolutely adored this book.

This is not a story of friendship and love; this is a story of cruelty and selfishness. All of the characters (exempting Gigi and Alec) are downright vicious, and their actions get more horrifying as the book goes on.

I was sucked into this book almost immediately. I couldn't wait to see the next twist, to see the next reveal, to see
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