Review: Tiny Pretty Things

18710209Title: Tiny Pretty Things

Authors: Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 448

Format and source: Hardback, Purchased from Fully Booked

Buy it here: Amazon 


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.



Bette, Gigi and June are well formed, well written characters. They are clear cut with distinct personalities that really set them apart from each other.

  • Bette is your typical ballerina with perfect body and wealth that has set her career in American Ballet Company (ABC) in stone. However, her insecurities have driven her mad every time someone bests her.
  • Gigi is your sweet, charming girl with good technique and perfect feet but people don’t like her because she’s different and good. From her skin color to her recent arrival, people can’t stop talking about the new girl who pushed Gigi from the spotlight
  • June has been in ABC just as long as anyone and a career in ballet has been her goal since day one but with her race, the directors of ABC just don’t see her as soloist much more a a principal. So June ends up getting understudy roles, never quite getting the solos she deserves.


This books offers up so much more than drama and competition. If you look further than that, you will notice that the authors wrote the characters with enough diversity to make any reader proud. Gigi is african american and June is Korean and these girls perfectly portrayed how difficult it is to make it in an industry where tutus are not the only things that need to be white.


Ballet is competitive and at most cutthroat with girls vying for solos. For ABC (at least in this book), it is not about who is the cookie cutter ballerina with the most wealth, but the one who illuminates the stage the most. For the director of ABC, it is Gigi. This enrages Bette and June who have been in the company the longest and feel that the newbie should just go home to California and stay there.

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4. The DRAMA

I was not expecting the drama to be as intense as it was but just the same, I enjoyed each and every prank played. The authors vividly described how far anyone can go to get what they want

I didn’t care much for the boy crisis these girls had but this book is so well written and despite being on the page heavy side, there wasn’t any moment I felt bored or wanted to put this book down. The story keeps you thoroughly entertained from cover to cover and I’m so glad I decided to give this book a shot.



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