Title: Tiny Pretty Things
Author(s): Sona Chairaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This book was given to me through the publisher, Balzer and Bray, by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a ballerina. It was a little-girl dream, a faltering one that faded with my love of writing, but my love for ballet has always been intense. I mean, who wouldn't want to be a ballerina? To be light as air, graceful, ethereal, beautiful? Strong? I love books about ballet, and this one shows the dark underbelly of that glittering world: Under the pink tutus and toe shoes, Gigi, Bette, and June all have secrets they'd like to forget: All Bette wants is her boyfriend back, Gigi wants to hide a health condition from the other girls, and June just wants to be on top, no matter what it takes.
I liked this novel--it was a dark little escape for me, and I enjoyed the soap opera-esque feel of it: the backstabbing, the secrets, the hookups, and of course, the dance moves. The pacing was great--I couldn't put it down once things started rolling, and I really enjoyed the way both authors made each character flawed--so flawed, in fact, that half the time I couldn't believe what they were saying. (Yay for unreliable narrators!)
This book was a dishy little escape for me, but for some reason left me unsatisfied. The drama added up, but it felt like nothing was really revealed, so most of the book I was really confused. I felt a bit lost--sometimes the secrets took up so much of the plotline I couldn't really focus on anything else. The bottom line: A dishy little book about the drama and grit of the world of ballet, but a disappointing finish. Next on deck: The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace!