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Shiny Broken Pieces

(Tiny Pretty Things #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  4,415 ratings  ·  763 reviews
May the best dancer win.

June, Bette, and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan’s most elite ballet school. Now they are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company. With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose…and no one is playing nice.

Ever since June landed the starring role in last year’s performance,
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by HarperTeen
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Sona At this time, the TPT series is a duology, meaning this is the second and final book.

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Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my year. This is my turn. I’ll be the lead soloist. I’ll be chosen for the company. I’ll do whatever it takes.

Such a wonderful end to the dark series that gives us a glimpse into the competitive world of ballet. I cannot praise this series enough for it’s diversity. And that’s aside from the fierce, cut-throat ballerinas. The real-life issues such as eating disorders, coming out, drug abuse, racism, bullying, etc. & the engrossing drama.

Summer has passed since Tiny Pretty Things end
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
And I read this why???


The first book in this duology was not to my liking at all. But it left unanswered questions... I wanted to know if there was a point to certain events. I wanted to see if negative behaviours on the part of some of the male characters would be called to attention. I wanted to see if the female characters would ever develop into believable multi-layered ballerinas... I wanted to understand the reasons behind the actions of the characters from book one.

And it was all a
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

Shiny Broken Pieces stole my heart.

This book easily becomes my favorite read of 2016 as if there’s any other competition. One of the things that set this story apart from its peers is the non-glamorization portrayal of unlikable heroines. There’s savagery. We get to see them make bad decisions, get messy. There are times you’d question their intent and sincerity. There is a rawness, but we also get to see them stiched themselves back again. We need to normalize this narrative in YA or in any sp
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars! This is so close to perfection for me!

Trigger warnings for Eating Disorders and Suicide

After I finished reading Tiny Pretty Things I was desperately wanting to finish this duology. I adored the first book and was eagerly and highly anticipating the final book. It did not disappoint me at all!

The story pretty much picks up where the first book ended, if you was expecting a nicer version with no more bullying in this book, well don't. This time round it's as though this is had done a co
Dannii Elle
This is the second instalment in the Tiny Pretty Things series.

The students who attend Manhattan’s most elite ballet school either thrive or they die. Competition is rife and each individual who graces the academy’s dance halls and practise rooms do so to become the leader of this elite flock. But you know what they say about climbing the ladder of success. You have longer to fall and more people to pass if you should fall from it.

During the previous instalment the characters all exhibited grace
Natalie M
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The competitiveness of life in an elite ballet school returns with drama and deceit in the second (and final) instalment of the series.

More of a whodunnit than the first book, all the characters return for more backstabbing, bullying, body dysmorphia, cut-throat actions and decisions. Gigi, Bette and June, vie for starring roles in the main casting show of the year. The boys are minor characters in this book but still play an integral role in events. Satisfying resolutions to many issues are rev
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
[actual rating 3.75 ⭐]

Unfortunately not as fun as the first book but it was still a gripping and shocking end to this duology!
I was really impressed by the character development and it was great to see the characters walking this thin line between good and evil. The plot twists were, again, not very shocking to me because I guessed them quite early every time but I was still deeply shocked by the ruthlessness and outright viciousness of the characters.
I still think that ballet and the life of a
Jen Ryland
These books are twisty and fun, but not sure a second book added much new to the story. Putting Cassie in the mix was a (welcome) new element, but -- and maybe it was reading these back to back -- 800+ pages total of mean girls/pranks/bullying/ballet/boy drama/descriptions of each others' perfect faces and bodies started to be a bit much. By the end I'd had enough of these characters and was happy to break out of the claustrophobic world of the American Ballet Company academy.

Read more of my re
Actual rating 3.5

I talked my feelings out with Aali who is queen btw but still genuinely not sure how I feel about this.

For me, June was the only character worthy of having her own chapters. Everyone else was pure bitching and being cruel to each other. June was different, she did do some awful things (because let's be real who didn't in this series) but there was a lot more substance to her.

I also think that the authors desperately wanted some morally grey characters but it just didn't work.
Soha Ashraf
So much pointless drama for nothing. Moreover, the ending was so abrupt.
Hannah ◇ReaderintheRough◇
This is my year. This is my turn. I’ll be the lead soloist. I’ll be chosen for the company. I’ll do whatever it takes.

I didn't think it could get more intense than it's predecessor, but Shiny Broken Pieces is shocking and kept me on my toes. (Yes, I snuck in a ballet pun)

June was my favorite, Gigi never grabbed me as a character. Bette was the girl everyone loves to hate.

Their stories were definitely a worthwhile read.
I loved the first one but Shiny Broken Pieces is on a whole other level. It's everything I wanted from this series and more.

Every character is fully fleshed out. In this duology the side characters are better developed than in most trilogies I've read.
Can we talk about the character development? These girls have grown so much.

There's Giselle "Gigi" Stewart, the ballerina who wants revenge - and finds an ally in Cassie Lucas, but they might be after the wrong person, and their friendship might be
Emily Mead
Oh my god I need like NINE MORE BOOKS. It's so intense and brilliant and there's all this PASSION. Gah. So good. ...more
Rhea Dsouza
I am so sad to see this duology end, but here’s the thing.  This book, like its prequel, has diversity at the forefront.  Not only that, it has diverse authors.  The way Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces have been written make me feel like these are authors who know what they’re talking about, know what issues they’ve addressed, maybe even personally gone through some of these problems.  This isn’t research in these books—it’s their own life and their own hearts.  And that, reader, is e ...more
Joana ♡
3.5 ⭐️

Fun. Dramatic. DARK.

Three years ago, I read and loved the first book - Tiny Pretty Things (4 ⭐️) - and after watching the new Netflix adaptation I had to go back and experience these characters and this universe once again. And I enjoyed every second of it.

However, I had to take down one decimal point from my rating because I found the second book quite repetitive at points and way to similar to its predecessor.

Nonetheless, I 100% recommend if you can stomach it.

TW //: Suicide, Eating D
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

Last year I read Tiny Pretty Things and it became an instant favourite. I was patiently eagerly awaiting Shiny Broken Pieces. It did not disappoint, and I found myself immersed in the lives of the Bette, June and Gigi once again.

Spoilers ahead for Tiny Pretty Things.

Shiny Broken Pieces picks up at the beginning of the new school year. Gigi is still recovering from her accident but she is determined to prove that she still has
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Inferior to the first — full of bitterness with less tension and character growth, losing all the charm that made Tiny Pretty Things sparkle. Bette was the sole diamond in a sea of cubic zirconia.

Caitlin Smith
This was a really good end to a really good duology! I would highly recommend!

It’s a new year at Manhattan’s most elite ballet school and the stakes are higher than ever as Gigi, Bette and June have one last chance to make there dreams come true. Who will come out on top?

Oh my God, these characters! Firstly, I loved Gigi in book 1, but I didn’t quite like her as much in this one. Gigi went through hell in Tiny Pretty Things and it’s to be expected that it would change her, however she turned i
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read, own
Wow so happy with the ending.

This book was addictive. I think it's because I absolutely love dance. I love hearing about the techniques, the costumes, makeup just everything. And this time the school was doing Swan Lake. I've spent hours watching videos of this ballet and I've even seen it professionally done. It is so beautiful I don't have the words. It was the perfect ending piece.

We finally find out who was behind each of the horrible things in book 1 and the pranks/bullying doesn't stop in
I had to know who was behind all the terrible things that happened in book one. Each girl has so much going on and their own struggles and some of them have done terrible things. It was nice getting the answers to all my questions, plus I saw how the girls ended up when high school ended.

Gigi is so innocent in the first book and I was sad to see her turn to vengeance and become a mean girl. She's incredibly talented and just needed to stick with Alec and focus on herself. June needed serious he
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
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It wasn't great.

It wasn't terrible.

It was kind of 'meh.'

What I did enjoy was the depictions of actual dancing, of the ballet classes themselves, of the class getting ready to perform Swan Lake. I’ve read another ballet book where the dancing is described in terms of the physical actions taken, not a lyrical description, and I think the authors pulled off the feelings of what it is like to dance from the point of view of three characters w
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Better, faster, stronger, payback"

What a fabulous ending. Truly, in the theme of the series - we got to see the ugliest side of everyone. The twist and turns - the plots and revenge. This last year in the dancer's lives were all about change. And this last year defined each of them - as it was the final person they were when they auditioned for the final step - The Ballet Company. Only 2 girls and 2 boys go each year - and the year before there wasn't enough talent and no one went. It's a tough
India Brown
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. The character development is spot on and it does a great job of making you feel like you're in NYC, dancing with the others. I love how character roles are switched, making you feel different things for people you hated in the first book. Gigi was my favorite character in both books, but I love how much of a slow-burn June's character development was. I didn't care for her in the first book, I thought she was mean and aloof, but that completely changed for me in the second ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, rated-3-star
this was disappointing, and my expectations weren’t even high. wow main three girls are doing this thing called “character development” and justify all their bad deeds on jealousy!!! (good excuse for putting glass in a girl’s shoes by the way, great call) “i was scared i wasn’t gonna be good enough!!!!” alrighty then. and yay introduce random girl to be the big bad villain because we need one of those. yay resolve all the problems at the end!

but hey i didn’t hate it! so there’s that.
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“This is my year. This is my turn. I’ll be the lead soloist. I’ll be chosen for the company. I’ll do whatever it takes.”

This was a YA contemporary story about a group of dancers studying at the American Ballet Company.

I felt quite sorry for Bette in this story, it wasn’t her fault what happened to Gigi, and it was unfair the way she was made to take the blame, es
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the first one better, but this was a solid sequel :)
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
I have had this book on my TBR since I found out they were making a sequel to Tiny Pretty Things. I absolutely adored the first book and the cutthroat world we were introduced to that is Ballet. I’m still wondering whether ballet is really that competitive and whether dancers are actually that bad - because it is kind of scary! I loved this book and I loved the difference we could see in all the characters! We also got to know Cassie - who probably deserved what she got from the people around he ...more
Initial reaction:Finally finished with this duology. I'll fully admit that this series engaged my anticipation for what would happen next the entire time I was reading it. I think this book handled the characters a little better than the previous book, mostly because they're more established and have more time focused on the dynamics between them.

Full review:

Man, do I have some complicated thoughts about this book. Get ready for a long-ish review. To get the rating out of the way, I'm rating it
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
3.75 stars. It really is satisfying to read a book that ends a series for all of the characters involved so definitively. I definitely felt that way about SHINY BROKEN PIECES, as it allows readers to reconnect with Bette, June and Gigi and to see how each of their stories plays out. It's definitely still messed up, and it's still over the top, but it was also just so compelling and a lot of fun to read. Glad I picked this one up and that I saw their saga through till the end ;) ...more
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