Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

I am a dancer, so any book about dance I’m more likely than not to pick up. When Tiny Pretty Things first came out May of last year, I figured I’d get around to it eventually. But, unfortunately, with my TBR pile forever growing, I kind of just forgot about it. I finally got my motivation back almost a year after Tiny Pretty things came out, when I was at NYTAF (New York Teen Author Festival) this March. There I met Sona, but forgot to take a picture! I hope to run to her again though, especially after reading Tiny Pretty Things.

Tiny Pretty Things focuses on three ballerinas, June, Bette, and Gigi, who all attend an elite ballet academy. June is half-Korean, nearly dead, and slowly fading into the ensemble thanks to her ethnicity. But she’s determined not to vanish, even if it means destroying herself in the process. Bette is the classic ballerina; pale, blonde, beautiful, and ready to claw her way to the top. But the classics are getting a little boring; will she be able to survive? The last ballerina is the african-american Gigi, a simple, graceful, California girl. All of these girls have the same goal; become the prima. And they’re willing to do whatever it takes to become the best.

My favorite part of Tiny Pretty Things was the descriptions of dancing. As a dancer,I always find it frustrating when an author can’t quite write dancing correctly. There is something that that you either can do or can’t when it comes to writing about dance- and Charaipotra and Clayton can do it perfectly.

This book is a raw portrait of ballerinas and their art. It’s darkness and drama are entertaining, but at the end of the day, it is a novel about beauty and dance, and how the two come together to create a stunning art.

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