Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
One really wonders what research the authors did to get so much of the world of SAB (fictionalized here, of course, because the real SAB doesn't have academic classes) right. Things like the anxiety over roles, weight and getting the approval of the teachers/choreographers. Things like the dedication and commitment to dance above all. The missing was not enough of the actual ballet: stretching and a few pirouettes, plus mentioning fifth and first position doesn't really do it justice. Yes, more would have taken away from the Mean Girls bullying and the romance parts, but it felt as though that was just tossed in at times to set the place.
The ending apparently has been left loose and open because there's a sequel in the works. I actually hope that's the case, because otherwise the ending is just sloppy.
ARC provided by publisher.