Song Of The Moment- Defeated by Breaking Benjamin
Tiny Pretty Things
by Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton
Release date: May 26th, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary
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.
I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss to review honestly
So... This book. I had some ups and downs with it. Starting off, I loved the DNF it. So I read that and it was intriguing for sure so I kept reading and...eh. I guess it's time to start the real review.
This book follows three main characters, they each have alternating chapters and the authors did am excellent job of character voice, I was never confused whose chapter I was reading, never got them mixed up because all three were wildly different and unique. First you have Gigi, who is the new girl and the classic nice girl but not also not because she is just generally nice, she doesn't try to be that way, doesn't try to be perfect because of her family or something, it's just who she is. Then there's June, who's one of the few Korean kids at the ballet school and has her own set of issues starting with not knowing who her father is and ending with her mom threatening to pull her out of ballet if she doesn't land a lead role. Lastly, you have Bette, the queen b, the bitch. Bette has always been the best, she has to because her sister was the best. Bette does not like the fact that Gigi is stealing her lead roles and that's where we start in this story.
A Few Of My Favorite Things:
The Writing. I really liked the writing and despite my many issues with this book I think anyone(including me) can appreciate all the diverse characters you have in this book. Out of three main characters, only one of them is white, not to mention the gay and lesbian characters. So A plus on that front.
June. June was actually the only character I liked. She was very complex and not likable exactly, but I feel she was the best written. She's been dancing forever but she's never good enough for the rest of them, never good enough to be a soloist. She was betrayed by her best friend, ignored by her mom, and only wants to know who her dad is. I'm no entirely sure why but I liked her so much more than the others.
A Few Of My Not So Favorite Things:
Where's my character development!? Because I never found it. Also...plot? Are you playing hide and seek with me? If so, I'm losing. This book is one mean prank and backstabbing after another, it's full of pettiness instead of plot. Bette is supposed to be the top dancer, so what if she seriously injures people along the way? And what's the school to do, that's just the way competitive dance is! I really hope not. I just kept waiting for all of this to lead to something, everyone is targeting Gigi, and she's supposed to just accept it and be careful. June wants to be Gigi's friend but also she doesn't want to be the understudy. Bette might be growing...but probably not? I don't know, I honestly felt like the characters were flip-flopping a lot. Gigi is fine one moment, the next she's completely paranoid and yelling at everyone, then she's calm again. Bette might be feeling remorse, June doesn't really know what she's doing. There's hints of character development, this whole mystery of who June's dad is, but there's no follow through so, in the end, you're left feeling like nothing means anything to these characters so why should you care?
The "relationships": First we have the insta love with the jackass, Alec. Alec and Bette have been dating forever, they're the power couple. Until Gigi gets the lead role. Then Alec dumps Bette for Gigi. I was fine with this at first, but I was expecting a slow building thing between Alec and Gigi, but nope. Instead they're just suddenly together and their relationship has basically no front time in the book, it's all tell no show. I don't think Alec actually is supposed to be a jackass but how would I know? There's no DEVELOPMENT!
- Then there's June. I can't remember the boy she likes but he's also Korean, but not a dancer and he's June's arch nemesis(can't remember her name either)'s boyfriend. I liked this relationship, I liked June for the most part, I liked all her problems and her struggles, but again. There's no face time with them, everything's simply told after it's happened so that you never feel anything for any of these characters.
Side characters. They have even less face time than the main characters, nothing becomes of them. They are two-dimensional and pointless plot devices in this book. You have Henri, who's Cassie's ex-boyfriend. Cassie, who is kind of only hinted and talked about after the first chapter, who was the last new dancer who Bette was threatened by. Will who is Alec's best friend, Bette's ex-best friend and is in love with Alec. I ended up being completely disgusted by Henri and I still don't know what his part in this was. Will could have been an epic character but was just forgotten it felt like for most of the book.
The end. You know, that part where nothing happened? I felt like we were leading up to this whole big thing only...NOTHING HAPPENED. It was like this through the whole book. I kept waiting for Henri to do something, to have a part in the story...but no. Kept waiting for Will to do something...nope. Waited for some character development...but of course, why would I expect that! Waited for the reveal that was way too obvious about who June's dad is and by the time it came around I didn't care anymore. Waited for the other evil prankster to be revealed only...it didn't happen. I mean, I'm pretty sure I know who it is but that was just so unbelievably frustrating, I don't understand why I read the whole book just for that.
Overall: This book fell really short for me. It had potential but no real plot, no character development. It was drama filled with one little backstabbing and pity party after another and nothing was resolved. None of the characters even began to reach their full potential and there was no plot I could find and I'm still just waiting for it to get better. I think this might be a series? Maybe? I think I read that somewhere, but I can honestly say I will not be reading any further books. In the end, I can get over the lack of plot and the severely open ending but I can't get over the underdeveloped characters that I never felt like I knew at all-I guess that was part of the mystery? I don't know, the "mystery" is something I also never found.
Would I Recommend This? Sure.
To Whom? Mean Girls fans.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Nope.