Happy Friday, friends! Back again with a bullet-point review for this twisted ballerinas book…
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.
- I had yet to read a book about ballerinas and I am so, so glad I did. I loved the universe it was set in. I loved the setting and the overall atmosphere of the story, surrounded by these perfect ballerinas (well, that’s what you think). It was creepy, it was unsettling, it was filled with tensions and what will happen next kind of atmosphere and I loved it.
- The story is told from three POV and I appreciated all of them, I thought they brought something new and interesting to the story with their different personalities.
- I also appreciated the diversity: one of the main characters, Gigi, is black, and one of the only black ballerinas in the classes. June is half-Korean.
- All of the characters in this story were interesting, in a twisted way… just because we know them, but do we really? In this creepy atmosphere, where bad things tend to happen, I couldn’t help but try to read each character and see whether or not they are actually the bad guys.
- The story as a whole was quite addictive, because the POV switched and I had to keep on reading to know what would happen, because everything was strange and you KNOW things, bad things will happen, but you just don’t know when.
- DRAMA! DRAMA! TONS OF DRAMAAAAAAAAAAA.
I HAD A HARD TIME WITH…
- I kind of wasn’t totally on-board with the romance, somehow. I wasn’t a fan of how the romance started up, and everything seemed kind of rushed and underdeveloped. I didn’t feel the relationship slowly building and didn’t feel too much of the chemistry, unfortunately.
- I also feel like it is important to mention that this book has a questionable queer rep, with both queer characters being villains in this story. I’m reffering to Elise’s review over on Goodreads about this, so you’re aware of that!
Tiny Pretty Things was a really good drama-filled story, with interesting characters to follow and an addictive storyline that made me want to read it all at once. If the romance failed to convince me, I’d still reommend it if you’re looking for a story about ambitious ballerinas and the lengthts they’d go to for perfection.
Final rating: 4 drops!
Trigger warnings: eating disorder, substance abuse, racism, bullying.
Do you want to read Tiny Pretty Things? Why, or why not? Did you read it?
Do you know other stories with ballerinas as main characters – or just stories with competitive, ambitious characters? Let me know in comments!