Release Date: May 26th 2015
Genres: Adolescence, Dance, Girls & Women, Performing Arts, Social Issues, Young Adult
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.
TINY PRETTY THINGS promises a “soapy, drama-packed novel” and that is exactly what it delivers: drama. Well, drama in the form of pretty much every character wanting to stab someone in the back. Ah, the smell of friendly competition.
This is my first DNF review in a long time. It’s not that this novel was terrible or anything, I just felt like 448 pages of “I deserved that more, I’ll show her!” was about 300 pages more than I could take. So I read about 20% and the next thing I knew, my hand had slipped and I was at the last page.
My main problem was with the characters. Besides the issue that I thought most of them were unlikable, there are just so many of them. What do multiple characters generally mean? POV changes. Just when you think you are beginning to understand something or finally getting to know a character, the POV switches and leaves you wondering what happened with that particular plot line.
Some characters were introduced only to never be heard of again, just adding confusion and bloat. Another thing that suffers because of this is the character development; some characters were just there and the ones that actually had vital roles in the story didn’t really grow at all.
On the plus side, I did enjoy the writing and the look into the world of ballet. This one will be a fun pleasure read for a lot of people, but it fell short for me because I felt like it lacked anything truly notable.