Wow. I don’t really know what to think of Tiny Pretty Things. Just that it was so ENDLESSLY AWESOME.
Tiny Pretty Things is about the bitter rivalries at a ballet conservatory and is written from three perspective. June wants to be noticed for the great dancer she is; she no longer wants to be invisible or in the shadows, and she needs a lead role otherwise her mother might destroy her dreams forever. Gigi is carefree and optimistic and a fantastic dancer, but she has a secret, one she doesn’t want anyone to know. And lastly, there is Bette; a competitive, arrogant, privileged and cruel ballet dancer living in the shadow of her sister. But have no fear, the switching POV’s is seamlessly done with distinct voices and personalities.
I hated June and I hated Bette but I loved reading from their POV’s; the jealousy, the competitiveness, the bitter rivalries that goes on in elite ballet academies. It was just great, I love it. But more importantly,Tiny Pretty Things features a diverse cast with both a black and Asian protagonist. It tackled issues such as racism, eating disorders and drug abuse, highlighting the pressures these young girls and boys have to be on top.
It lost me a bit in the middle with a bit of slow pacing but quickly picked back up and the reader is thrown into a compelling plot of deception. It was so cleverly plotted. The clues are so intricately woven throughout the novel that you mostly just know who did it in the end.
Is there going to be a sequel? It leaves it open, but if not I’m happy how it ended. Nevertheless, Tiny Pretty Things is a fantastic, engaging, so cleverly plotted novel that I suggest you put on your TBR pile right now.
MY RATING: ★★★★★