Tiny Pretty Things Kindle Edition
|Length: 453 pages||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled||Page Flip: Enabled|
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|Language: English||Age Level: 14 and up|
|Grade Level: 9 - 12|
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From the Back Cover
How far is too far?
At one of Manhattan's most elite ballet schools, wafer-thin ballerinas pull their hair into sleek buns and lace their pointe shoes high, waiting for their chance to shine. But beneath the pretty, polished surface, these girls are hiding some terrible secrets and telling some twisted lies.
Privileged Bette is tiny and beautiful--like a ballerina in a music box. But living forever in the shadow of her ballet-star sister and under the weight of family expectations brings out a dangerous edge in her.
Perfectionist June can turn a flawless plié and diligently keeps her weight below 100 pounds. But she's never landed a lead role. Tired of always being the understudy, this year she'll settle for nothing but the best--even if she must resort to some less-than-perfect means to get there.
And new girl Gigi isn't your traditional ballerina. A free-spirited California girl, she's not used to the fierce competition. Still, that doesn't stop her from outperforming every dancer in the school. But even she is hiding a ticking time bomb, and the very act of dancing just might expose her secrets to everyone.
Being a prima isn't all satin and lace; sometimes you have to play dirty. With the competition growing fiercer with every performance, and harmless pranks growing ever darker, it's only a matter of time before one small spark ignites . . . and even the best get burned.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
"Diversity is organically spotlighted [in this] fun and fast read."--School Library Journal
"A beautiful example of diversity in characters and settings."--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
"Charaipotra and Clayton skillfully craft three distinctive, complex characters. This enticing glimpse into the ballet world is rich with detail and drama as the authors highlight its glamour and darkness."--Publishers Weekly
It's impossible not to get sucked in, and the cast of characters is so diverse and fully realized, you root even for the nastiest of them.--Francesca Zappia, author of Made You Up
"Appealing both to dancers and drama lovers, this engaging, pulpy read skillfully explores a variety of issues, from sexual orientation to ethnic identity to single-parent households, in a glamorous, high-stakes setting."--Booklist --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 2531 KB
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print Length : 453 pages
- Publisher : HarperTeen; Reprint Edition (26 May 2015)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00N81BB8I
- Best Sellers Rank: 431,430 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book, however? So many things factored into this book taking me ages! My depression was acting up, I was in a bit of a slump, it was on my Kindle and I have a hard time making myself pick that up, and lastly, it deals with some heavy subjects that makes reading a lot in one go hard. Especially when fighting your own mental illness.
That’s the only reason.
If you’re expecting supportive girl friendships, then this isn’t the book for you. This is a dark, twisted tale of the competitve ballet industry. It’s like an even darker, more realistic version of Black Swan.
I recommend this book wholly. I adored every second, no matter how dark it got, and I cannot wait for the second book to get here so I can get back into this world asap!
Beware for triggers on: drug abuse, eating disorders and bullying.
Person 1: "Aw, how sweet!"
Person 2:"Er, no, I'd think totally the opposite."
Person 2 was right. This is not a nice book. Right from page one, there is backstabbing and bitchiness and eating disorders and betrayal and talking about people behind their backs and horrible pranks and some really serious pranks... really not a nice book.
It's told from the PoV of three diverse characters at a top notch ballet school: one, the epitome of a ballet dancer, with a sister successful in the business and a lot of money behind her, presuming she'll follow her sister's success; two, a Korean girl who struggles with loneliness, and trying to starve herself, desperate to be a prima ballerina so her mother won't take her out of school; and number three, a black girl from California, whose sunny disposition means that you love her. She doesn't have expectations, she just wants to dance.
Of course, the Californian black girl is the one you're supposed to like. I found that sort of annoying. It's so clearly set up for her to be the sympathetic character, that it was just too obvious. I'd just like a bit more freedom as a reader to make my own judgements. Of course, you feel sympathy for all of the characters big time, but there's no doubt that the other two are desperate and mean. The pranks they pull... they're not just pranks. They're life threatening in some cases.
It was a complete page turner. Horrible or not, I loved it, and I couldn't put it down. It made be kind of depressed reading it, but I didn't want to stop. The minute I finished it, I started to look for the sequel. Unfortunately it's only been read by a very few people, and I can't find any access to an ARC. I am not a patient person.
One other aspect that was good was that Charaipota (pseudonym of two women) shows such diversity of ballerinas. Everyone has a very clear picture: pale, pure skin, thin, hair scraped in a bun, disciplined and, most importantly, white. I hope that books like this will shape the way to come. I've seen black or Asian male dancers, but not female ones. Maybe things are changing.
Really enjoyed. Anyone know where I can get an ARC?
A começar pelas personagens. Elas são mesmo complexas, cada uma tem seus problemas e algumas qualidades (raras), mas, ainda que eu não odeie nenhuma delas, não consegui desenvolver nenhum carinho por elas. Não me importo realmente com o que vai acontecer no segundo livro ou com o que aconteceu já nesse. Aliás, talvez seja maldoso da minha parte, mas durante pouco mais da metade do livro, achava que não tinha tido drama o suficiente, principalmente em relação à Gigi.
O livro não é chato, ou mal escrito ou tem qualquer defeito muito terrível, mas achei que ia me divertir mais, que fosse curtir até mesmo as cenas mais dolorosas. O drama dele não é divertido como uma novela exagerada, e durante muito tempo fiquei com a impressão de que não estava acontecendo nada direito, que a história estava enrolada. Pode ser porque as autoras resolveram fazer quase um ano passar, o que arrastou muitas questões do enredo. Mas talvez seja só porque as protagonistas não me convenceram a me importar com elas.
A Gigi é a perfeita o tempo inteiro, a Bette só pensa em uma única coisa inútil (e não é balé), não parece nunca ter qualquer progresso e a June só fala, nunca toma uma atitude sobre nada. Fiquei um pouco entendiada com o ritmo de tudo antes da metade. O final é bacana até, mas estou torcendo aqui para o segundo livro subir o nível desse, já que a duologia tinha potencial para ser incrível e ainda não o alcançou.
My favorite thing about this book was how flawed the characters were - yet I still adored them. These girls strive for perfection when dancing ballet and are willing to do quite the awful things to achieve that. I never knew how to feel about each character. One moment I would love them, then I'd hate them and suddenly feel sorry for them.
There's also somewhat of a mystery aspect to this story because while Gigi is constantly being harassed, it isn't always clear who did what. It made me suspicious of every single character.
Overall I think this was a fantastic book and the fact that it's diverse AND #ownvoices made it 103% better and I definitely, DEFINITELY recommend this! I am so excited to read the sequel!