Based on the novel by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, Tiny Pretty Things started streaming on Netflix this week. After an attack brings down the star student at an elite ballet school, her replacement enters a world of lies, betrayal — and cutthroat competition.
If you don’t have access to Netflix, you can watch Tiny Pretty Things by borrowing a Ruku streaming device from the library and using our Netflix subscription. But if you don’t want to miss all the gossip, lies, and scandal try reading Tiny Pretty Things and its sequel, Shiny Broken Pieces.
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
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.
Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
June, Bette, and Gigi are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company. With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose…and no one is playing nice. June is starting to finally see herself as a prima ballerina. But being the best could mean sacrificing the love of her life. Legacy dancer Bette is determined to clear her name after she was suspended and accused of hurting her rival, Gigi. And Gigi is not going to let Bette-or the other dancers who bullied her-go unpunished. It all comes down to this last dance. Who will make the cut? And who will lose her dream forever?