Review: Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

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Title: Tiny Pretty Things

Author: Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Publication Date: May 26, 2015

Excerpt from Goodreads:

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.

Huge thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest and unbiased review!

Welcome to one of Manhattan’s ballet school where everyone is mean and catty. Even the good girls turn mean. This story is told through the point of views from three different dancers. Let’s introduce everyone. There’s Bette who is dancing in the shadow of her sister’s talent, but she will do anything to get to the top. We also have June. June is half-Korean, half-Caucasian and is never seen as anything more. She is constantly assigned as an understudy and is desperate to have a lead role otherwise her mother will pull her out of ballet school. Then there is GiGi. Gigi is sweet, talented, and stands out from the crowd. She lands all the leads in the shows and the dancers will stop at nothing to steal her spotlight.

The cattiness was evident from the very beginning of this book. Now don’t get me wrong, I love some drama, but when this entire novel is based off of drama, backstabbing, lies, and secrets? No. I couldn’t do it. Everyone who you thought might be friendly turns out to be mean and evil. While one character was genuine and sincere, the girls eventually push her enough. Pushed her enough that she becomes involved with the drama and the corrupted world that is ballet school.

We have love triangles and no relationship development. I felt as though some of the characters didn’t add anything to the story at all. There were just…there. Typically I enjoy multiple point of views, but I concluded that in this case, it did not work for me.

Overall, I was disappointed with this story. While I wasn’t bored while reading, I couldn’t get over certain character decisions. Oh, the drama! There are many questions that left unanswered at the end of this book. A second installment it currently under development and hopefully all those questions will be answered. This book has gotten many positive reviews, so don’t let my review shy you away from reading this one! If you like some major drama, then this book just might be something you enjoy!

2.5 stars out of 5 stars


Meet The Authors

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Sona Charaipotra is an entertainment and lifestyle journalist published by major media from the New York Times to TeenVogue. Sona received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. Thanks to a Masters in screenwriting from New York University (where her thesis project was developed for the screen by MTV Films), Sona is a strong believer that three-act structure can work in fiction, too. She is the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book development company with a decidedly diverse bent.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and her website.

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Dhonielle Clayton was born in the suburbs of Washington, DC and spent her childhood Saturdays at the comic book store with her father and most evenings hiding beneath her grandmother’s dining room table with a stack of books. She earned a BA in English at Wake Forest University. She was an English teacher for three years and worked with educational curriculum. Being surrounded by children, Dhonielle re-discovered her love of children’s literature and earned a masters in children’s and young adult literature from Hollins University. Currently, she is working on both middle grade and young adult novel projects. She moved to NYC where she earned her MFA at the New School’s MFA Program. She is co-founder of CAKE Literary, a literary development studio committed to bringing diversity to high concept content.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook.

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