Tiny Pretty Things Book Review

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Betrayal, manipulation, and dangerous competition sit just beneath a facade of perfect elegance and grace at a prestigious Manhattan ballet school. Tiny Pretty Things is an enveloping drama that focuses on three dancers: Bette, the perfect jewelry-box ballerina striving to find a way out of her sister’s shadow; Gigi, a newcomer from California afraid she doesn’t have the right skin color to succeed in the ballet world; and June, threatening to crack under the pressure of competition and family.

Tiny Pretty Things is the very definition of a page-turner. The plot itself is intriguing, but it was the depth, complexity, and diversity of the characters that pulled me in. The three main characters felt unbelievably real. I’m not a cut-throat ballerina, so the stories and situations of the novel’s protagonists weren’t relatable, but their internal monologue, emotions, and reactions were incredibly written. This book is raw, honest, and definitely dark, dealing with very real topics like drug abuse, eating disorders, and bullying. I was impressed by the diversity of the cast, as well, something you don’t always see in today’s young adult novels.

The ending of the novel left me with my mouth hanging open (as did the majority of the book). Authors Charaipotra and Clayton’s writing is mysterious and threatening, and as I was reading, I couldn’t help but think of similarities between this and the television series Pretty Little Liars. Tiny Pretty Things is one of the most intense books I’ve read this year, and I’d recommend it especially to fans of gripping stories and complex characters.