Tiny Pretty Things (Tiny Pretty Things Series #1)

Tiny Pretty Things (Tiny Pretty Things Series #1)

by Sona Charaipotra, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062342409
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Series: Tiny Pretty Things Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 203,402
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton met while attending the New School’s acclaimed Writing for Children MFA program. Sona is a journalist who has written for the New York Times, People, Parade, Cosmopolitan, and other major media. Dhonielle is a librarian at a middle school in Harlem, and taught English at a cutthroat ballet academy. Together, the pair cofounded CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent. Find them online at www.cakeliterary.com.

Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton met while attending the New School’s acclaimed Writing for Children MFA program. Sona is a journalist who has written for the New York Times, People, Parade, Cosmopolitan, and other major media. Dhonielle is a librarian at a middle school in Harlem, and taught English at a cutthroat ballet academy. Together, the pair cofounded CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent. Find them online at www.cakeliterary.com.

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Tiny Pretty Things 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of Tiny Pretty Things, I did feel overwhelmed by all the different POV’s. Once the story progressed I realized it couldn’t have been told any other way. After I had all the dancers straight I was instantly drawn into all the drama and OH BOY is there drama! At the end there were still so many unanswered questions that I cannot wait to jump into book two and see how it all unfolds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow so much drama! I really appreciated how all the girls were given depth so the story wasn’t too superficial. It was interesting to get a peak into the ballet school world and I don’t doubt that it is quite true to real life. I would love to see this as a tv show!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this as good as Backlash
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! I loved all the characterd and couldn't put this book down. The story is far from happy, and the ending isn't sweet, but it's an absolutey beautiful, heartwrenching tale.
sarenasashabooks More than 1 year ago
You might be wondering: we don’t read many contemporary books! On the contrary, we like revenge, drama, thriller-type YA contemp. So when we saw this book being compared to PLL, we knew we had to have it. This book didn’t disappoint. Two of the main characters, Bette and June, were downright awful (at least in the beginning) and we felt so bad for Gigi. She was definitely our favourite character in the novel from beginning to end, even with the major character development by the last few pages… Another thing we liked was the diversity. Both the authors are POC, and 2/3 main characters (POVs) are POC, too. :D Let’s start with Bette: she’s the typical “mean” girl at the academy, but I like that we get her perspective because she has more depth/development than we’d expected. I really like how the book opened up with Cassie’s perspective as opposed to Bette; I like looking at Bette from another perspective before getting to know her true personality in the first chapter. Bette ended up really changing over the book, and she had quite a bit of adversity to overcome. At the same time, though she’s definitely an enjoyable character to read about, she’s not very likeable. June: We both really liked June. We were surprised by her past (won’t say anything on that–too spoilery!) but we really liked how her heritage played a great role in the novel. The authors certainly didn’t hold back when it came to issues in this book–weight/bulimia, particularly, for June. It made her so much more complex and REAL. And at the end, we sympathized a lot more with her. And that brings us to our favourite of three perspectives … Gigi: She’s the new girl and soon-to-be golden girl. We loved how she was written. Diversity plays a HUGE role in this novel, and we liked that Gigi had her own depth and complexities … and issues we never once expected! Won’t let that slip, but we both really liked Gigi’s growth, with her own issues as well as the blooming romance. (aaahhh) *heart eyes* This book was a quick read, especially for fans of the BURN FOR BURN trilogy. We enjoyed the romance aspects too, and we both agreed the second half of the novel was better than the first. In the beginning, the backstabbing was a bit on the lighter side, we think. In the second half, things started getting serious, and everything led to an epic cliffhanger in the last few pages. The writing was very clean and we loved all the fragmented sentences, the poetic prose. :D If this book didn’t have a sequel, we would’ve been really confused and probably wouldn’t have liked it as much, but thank goodness there is one! It’s called SHINY BROKEN PIECES and releases July 2016. Rating: 5 stars
yourstrulyjulie More than 1 year ago
I only picked up Tiny Pretty Things because I’ve been following the two authors professionally through #WeNeedDiverseBooks and their book boutique development company, Cake Literary. The reviews I’d read were positive, but focused on things I don’t have much interest in. I’m not into ballet or dance in the slightest bit, and I usually can’t stand soapy drama. The synopsis compares it to Black Swan and Pretty Little Liars, both of which I don’t like. However. HOWEVER. This book was wonderful. And I’m eagerly anticipating the sequel in Summer 2016! So, quick detour… Remember that storm of controversy around the patronizing dismissal of Young Adult books by certain blustering author? It ignited the ironic conversation around #MorallyComplicatedYA. Unambiguously, I love YA. Not just because my career is in youth development and I think youth are the crux of every society, but also because people love shaming youth for youth-things (see: language trends, selfies, social media) and I will ALWAYS fight for the vitality of these things. A millionfold more if we’re talking about young girl things. And Tiny Pretty Things is all about the moral complexities of teenage girlhood. It’s about secrets, and why we keep them. It’s about how our deep wounds cause us to relate to one another. It’s about a beautiful arena broken with racism, sexism, and other systematic forms of oppression (which, alas, could describe ballet or literature or any number of things). It’s about ambition and passion. It galls me, but I know that the moral complexities of June and Bette will cause many “ugh-I-don’t-like-her” reviews, because that’s how people react to morally complex teenage girls. (Men get to be interesting; girls have to be “unlikable.”) For me, their likability was not an important factor. Maybe it says something about me, but I read about their thoughts and actions—the envy, the cruelty, the yearning—and thought it to be uncomfortably human. I squirmed in my seat. On the other hand, Gigi is an extraordinarily likable character who is still imbued with complexities. (Confession: I wanted so badly to shout at June “DEAR GOD JUST BE FRIENDS WITH GIGI OKAY” several times.) What else? The dance descriptions are exquisite. The romance is pretty cute, though I admit I wasn’t fully invested. And significantly, the book’s treatment of serious issues like eating disorders and bullying is commendable. I don’t think that the storyline of June’s mystery (though not that big of a mystery) father had enough resolution, but I didn’t mind because there’s a second book coming out! I really hope that the forthcoming book, Shiny Broken Things, will tie up many of the open threads. from mint&ink book blog: https://mintandink.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/the-inkwell-tiny-pretty-things-by-sona-charaipotra-dhonielle-clayton/
Katie_breathofbooks More than 1 year ago
This book was very good and filled with drama. It was a book that kept you turning the pages to find out what would happen next, and to get some answers. The only thing that I did not like was that this is the first in a series, so now I have to wait a year to get some answers to some of the mysteries. POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD First of all, some of the things that the girls did to each other were awful. I don't know who was responsible for two of the worst incidents, which were the glass in the pointe shoe and the dead butterflies on the walls. I thought I knew who could have done it, but now I have even more suspects, and no clue who really did do it. I think I know who did the thing at the very end, though. It's awful to think that these girls will do things like this just to try to make a girl leave so that they can get on top. It's really horrible, how unsupportive of each other they are. I liked Gigi because she was actually sweet and wasn't trying to get on top. Of course, she was already getting the top parts, but I feel like she never would have done to other people what people did to her, even if she didn't have the lead roles. I felt really bad for her, since she was the nicest one there, and she deserved none of what the others were doing to her. I wasn't a big fan of either Bette or June, though I did feel bad for both of their family situations. June wanted to know who her father was since her mom wouldn't tell her. She also has pressure from her mom to get a lead role, because her mom will send her to public school if she doesn't get a lead part. Bette is also under a lot of pressure, with her older sister as a principal in the company. She also has a bit of a knee injury that happens when she works too hard because of a time when her mom pushed her too hard when she was younger. If you like YA contemporary ballet books, read this book.
NatashaC1 More than 1 year ago
Wow wow wow. I was turning these pages until the very last because I still didn't know what was going to happen! Sometimes you need a book like that, to take you away to a totally different world where obsession and jealousy and drive rule over everything else. I loved getting into these girls' heads to see the parts that were good and the parts that were evil. So well written, well-crafted. For anyone who likes complex beautiful characters, twisted plots, and vivid descriptions. 
AshtonB0 More than 1 year ago
It was exceptional! The competitive nature of the characters and the references to real life experiences and situations was phenomenal. This was very reminiscent of the dance world here in New York. I would definitely recommend to friends. I hope the sequel comes soon!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(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 all three of them wanted to be the lead in every ballet they performed. “The black girl. The new girl. She’s no Sugar-Plum Fairy. Her feet are bad. Her legs are too muscular. Her face won’t look right on stage. It should have been Bette.” The storyline in this followed the girls as they danced at their ballet school and battled for the leading role in the ballets, we had lots of cruel tricks, which quickly escalated, dangerous threats, and even some pretty serious injuries all in the name of knocking Gigi off her top-spot, and boy were these girls serious about their ballet! “Drop her,” I’d whispered quickly, before I could lose my nerve. “Just once. And not too hard. Just enough.” His nose crinkled just enough so that I knew he was judging me. “Injuries change cast lists,” There was a bit of romance in this, although it was more the battling for the boys that interested me. These girls did not want to share, and they didn’t want to let go of a boy once they had claimed him, even if he didn’t want them anymore! “We kiss for so long my lips go numb. So long I forget to wonder whether he is Bette’s or mine or just his own person.” The ending to this left us with several cliff-hangers, I really need to read the second book to find out what happens! 7.5 out of 10