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.
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With multiple POVs, Tiny Pretty Things makes us see ballet in a whole different way. With girls having such high hopes for a lead position, non-stop training, and backstabing at every corner, this is definitely an intense novel that's filled with drama. The only problem that I had with it is that it was a little too immature for me.
You have Gigi, Bette, and June who are completely 3 different girls going to a prestige and exclusive ballet school with dreams of becoming the lead for some of the largest pieces that are put on stage. But with the weight ins, family issues, and trying to keep your head up high at the same time, it is not as easy as it seems. When girls get hurt, they have come back up and show that they are worth being on stage because of their dreams and their family's dreams.
I was shocked at the pave in which this book was written. The characters made me wish that the society wouldn't be so hard on them but having them fight with their inner self...
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This book was a bit of a rollercoaster. Every chapter was filled with drama and it was so hard for me to put this down (or my kindle down at least lol).
The story centers around three of the Manhattan Ballet School's top dancers, Gigi, Bette, and June. Gigi is a newcomer to the school and it hasn't been easy for her. She's one of the only black faces there and possesses a sort of innocence that makes her vulnerable to the more experienced dancers. Not only that, but SHE'S GOOD and that makes her an even bigger target, especially for people like Bette. I liked Gigi. Her personality was fresh and vibrant. This isn't to say that she doesn't have her problems. There were times where I wanted her to wake up and not act so naive but her innocence made me want to protect her and I think a lot of readers will enjoy her character.
Bette embodies the look of the "perfect" dancer: blonde, petite yet lean, and amazing at...
TINY PRETTY THINGS tells the story of three backstabbing ballerinas. Bette looks the path, is supposed to get all the lead roles just as her older sister. Anorexic June always plays understudy and her mother threatens to remove her from the school. Newcomer Gigi doesn't look the part, but she is cast as lead, leaving her with a target on her back.
Chapters skip between each girl's narration, although the voices were indistinguishable from one another. While character development was weak, the writers gave the girls unique, interesting backgrounds. I didn't feel like Bette, June and Gigi were multidimensional, though they were all both sympathetic and unsympathetic, some more than others.
The writing showed the story and kept me reading even when the plot stagnated. TINY PRETTY THINGS took a long time to find its feet, building to a predictable climax, although the who what why was somewhat a mystery because the major and minor characters were...
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