Monday, July 6, 2015

A Teenage Version of Black Swan, Minus the Crazy

Source: Publisher Website
Tiny Pretty Things (Tiny Pretty Things #1) by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (HarperTeen, 2015, 448pp.)

Lead by three well-defined female protagonists, Tiny Pretty Things is a tale of jealousy and ambition set in the claustrophobic world of an elite Manhattan ballet school. Gigi, June, and Bette are all vying for a spot in the limelight as prima ballerina—but how far will they go to beat down the competition (and each other)? At first, the gossipy intrigue that saturates this teen soap-opera works well at drawing in the reader, making us want to know more about these girls, and what makes them so desperate to succeed. However, by the three-quarter mark, the story has become tedious, and the protagonists have run out of things to do, making the remainder of the story a chore to finish. Recommended for female teens, Ages 16-18, for sexual content, eating disorders, and drug use.

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