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176 Thoughts I Had While Reading Tiny Pretty Things

Whuddup, book nerds? It’s Tyler from Team Epic Reads, back with another live read! I finally dipped my toes into the contemporary waters and after a super close Twitter poll, settled down to read Tiny Pretty Things! This book’s been on my list for a while—I’m a sucker for the drama of teens-behaving-badly, and with Euphoria having just ended, I needed something to fill that hole.

And boy, it did not disappoint. For anyone unfamiliar, Tiny Pretty Things follows students at the American Ballet Conservatory who are willing to do literally anything to nab the top spot. I’m not kidding. They’ll do literally anything. It’s actually kind of terrifying, but in an omg-I-cannot-look-away kind of way. I seriously could not put this one down.

Anyway, enough of vague synopsis—scroll down to read all the thoughts I had while reading this rollercoaster of a novel!

 

176 Thoughts While Reading

TINY PRETTY THINGS

 

1. Okay first off I LOVE when books jump right into it

2. Cassie giving us some visceral af descriptions I feel like I need to stretch just from reading this opening paragraph

3. And she went out last night!! A legend

4. Last time I went out I slept for twelve hours the next day

5. Oh by the way the chapters alternate between Gigi, Bette, and June but this opening bit is from Cassie so you KNOW something’s gonna happen

6. Bette just showed up tho hey

7. *Fat Amy voice* Womp there it is

8. All right, roll call time: Bette is dating (?) Alec, Cassie’s cousin. Also, Cassie has not been mentioned yet. Will is Bette’s ex-friend, a notable departure from how they seemed in the opening chapter. INTERESTING.

9. Lol I’m so here for this drama already

10. Ohhh injury CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS TO RUIN ALL HER DREAMS LATER

11. I’m gonna be honest I don’t know anything about ballet but this Nutcracker casting is so tense I’m like, anxious FOR them

12. “I hear the words new and black and girl whispered in various combinations.” Ugh you do you Gigi don’t let them get you down

13. “You could get sick. You could die.” Lol Gigi’s mom is my mom

14. Oh okay update, June is Gigi’s roommate. Gang’s all here

15. WAIT Henri is here now. Omg

16. It’s never a good sign when the good girl starts out on top

17. Well not for her anyway. The fallout from this is going to be AMAZING.

18. Alec and Gigi are a better couple than Ezria and Spoby put together and they’re not even dating (yet)

19. (They better date)

20. These girls are really going to take the term ‘breaking point’ literally aren’t they

21. You know I always have a soft spot for the minions

22. What happened between Bette and Will?!

23. All these girls are on a collision course with self-destruction and bad karmic destiny and I just?? can’t look away???

24. Oh June nooo

25. June is going FULL DARK NO STARS

26. Honestly?? I’m a little surprised Gigi’s still ALIVE a week and a half later

27. I can’t believe I just typed that about a book about ballet

28. Bette really reminds me of Regina George but like… more passive aggressive and also more murderous

29. I’m so here and ready for June to give Sei-Jin a verbal beatdown

30. Ugh no June

31. I am now here for June to give Sei-Jin a real, physical beatdown

32. OR STEAL HER BOYFRIEND HAHA

33. I forgot we don’t know why Henri is here now honestly there is so much going on

34. But like also… give me more

35. Who knew stretching could be so steamy

36. “I’m sorry. You just remind me of my ex.” Okay slap him

37. “You should be careful,” he says. “Cassie wasn’t.” WHAT HAPPENED

38. These girls are literally killing themselves this is insane this won’t end well for ANYONE involved I’ll tell you that right now

39. Real enjoyable for me tho!!

40. I don’t think there’s anything in this world that I care about as much as these girls care about becoming dancers. Petting dogs, maybe?? Keeping up with Ryan Murphy’s television empire???

41. They sent her to an INSTITUTION

42. I can’t believe Alec is dating the conservatory’s very own antichrist and doesn’t even know it. Typical guy am I right

43. What are the odds that Eleanor and Sei-Jin are secretly hooking up

44. Haha wow this is great but in less good news Bette is going to SNAP

45. ……… Yikes

46. Omg THIS IS THE SCENE FROM THE OPENING

47. Yikes!!!!

48. Bette!!! Yikes!!!!!!!

49. Gigi keeps butterflies in a terrarium in her room and I just frickin’ know that someone’s going to kill them and I’m already upset about it

50. I just want Gigi to be happy!! Don’t kill her butterflies!!!

51. I looove that whenever anyone compliments Gigi for being different she speaks up and makes sure they’re not just referring to the color of her skin

52. It concerns me that Bette refers to Gigi’s foot as “easy to break”

53. Omg yay Eleanor! Score 1 for the minions

54. They know who her dad is?!

55. “Will you be my girlfriend?” he asks, not yet having taken her on a single date. YA novels are truly magical

56. I bet it was the stretching

57. “My solo ends. I curtsy and hear the roar of applause. I recognize Mama’s whistle.” Omg yes I was literally holding my breath but yay and also aw

58. Ugh that was so nice

59. But ok tbh the one thing you can always be sure about in YA novels is that the happier part one ends, the more tragic and shocking part two will be

60. And if the cast list tells me anything it’s that boy am I right about that

61. Yesss BLACKMAIL starting out strong

62. The best kind of love triangle is no love triangle sorry Bette you’re out

63. Actually you know what that’s a lie the best kind of love triangle is a love triangle motivated by spite and vengeance so June let’s get to it

64. Gigi and Alec are so cute wtf end the book here let them be happy

65. Oh my god

66. Seriously WHO DOES THIS

67. Every time I read one of Gigi’s chapters I’m hit with this immense hatred for Bette but whenever it goes back to Bette’s it’s like ugh no wonder you’re so screwed up

68. God she’s such a bitch though

69. The girls in the car with Liz like:

70. Of course Eleanor is so naturally above all the trash and Bette is lowkey reveling in it

71. I 👏 love 👏 when 👏 sidekicks 👏 become 👏 the 👏 alpha

72. Score 2 for the minions, honestly

73. Okay I know June is really struggling but this is making me SO HUNGRY

74. Well-written food scenes are so dangerous

75. June: I kissed someone!

Gigi:

June: But you can’t tell anyone

Gigi:

76. Gigi I get that you’re in love and I’m happy for you but you need to dance right now you cannot be thinking about the spark you felt when Alec’s fingers brushed the back of your neck or the fire you felt in your veins

77. A HONEYMOON-PHASE RELATIONSHIP WILL NOT SAVE YOU FROM YOUR HEART CONDITION, GISELLE

78. Honestly these girls… thinking love and passion can somehow overcome serious health issues… smh

79. Ugh Alec you naïve simple boy

80. Gigi’s response to Bette spitting the word ‘ghetto’ at her is amazing

81. Every book should have a Gigi

82. I imagine Glamorous by Fergie constantly plays on loop at the Abney household

83. Bette, while her bones are literally splintering apart from within and inhibiting her ability to live: “It’s psychosomatic, probably.”

84. “The pain is making me a little dizzy. Either the pain, or the fact that I have to spend the evening with my mother and with Alec.” PROBABLY THE PAIN

85. “… little missives calling her his tiny, pretty thing…” I love when a line casually includes the name of the book!!

86. More blackmail!!!!

87. #ShutDOWN

88. Will and Eleanor may be the last people she wants to see right now but I personally love them and all of this

89. June just DECIDING SPUR OF THE MOMENT to become a crusader of vigilante justice like she’s a character on a gritty CW show

90. The hero we need and certainly not the one these girls deserve

91. Ugh jk definitely the hero these girls deserve

92. Why does everyone always have to turn on Gigi!!

93. A LOVE LETTER

94. Ohhhh my god

95. Wait a minute ISN’T THAT ALEC’S DAD’S NAME?!

96. AAAaaAhhHHhhhh!!!!!!!!

97. Oh nope blood nope

98. Oh nope glass in her shoe nope!!!!!!!

99. Who DOES THAT?!?!?

100. WOW I WONDER WHO RECENTLY SHATTERED A MIRROR

101. WHAT DID I SAY ABOUT HER BEING MURDEROUS?!

102. I mean, accidentally this time, I guess, but STILL

103. Wait did she… actually not do it…

104. Me: June, you are playing a dangerous game

Me to me: They’re all playing dangerous games!! This is a dance school and they can literally die at any time!! What kind of place is this!!

105. Ok Henri is a creep

106. Ew no no nooo

107. As bad as the girls are Henri is certifiably WORSE

108. I don’t care if he is getting revenge you don’t CLIMB IN THE ICE BATH

109. “It’s that you have no friends.” HAHA to anyone else I’d feel terrible but lol

110. Push her down the stairs, June

111. PUSH HER DOWN THE STAIRS

112. Oh my god

113. She pushed her down the stairs

114. Lowkey love the Bette/June alliance we’ve got going on

115. Live look at me trying to figure out who did what to Gigi:

116. Why is even Will just having a love interest so suspicious

117. Ugh Mr. K stop being so sketchy

118. Everyone here needs to stop being so sketchy!!

119. Bette NO this is not what you should be doing

120. Omg I’m so embarrassed Bette please stop

121. I’m cringing this is so uncomfortable

122. “I’ve got to find a way to let Gigi know about this.” WHAT. IS. WRONG. WITH. YOU.

123. Like I know there are serious problems here but this is so twisted!!

124. “… his father as a younger man and a gorgeous Asian dancer…” JUNE’S MOM

125. “I’m not crazy.” You’re literally crazy this is what a crazy person says

126. Jeyhe has moved past pushing hair behind June’s ear and directly to poking her in the boob my test of the OTP has shattered

127. Aw she didn’t want love she only wanted vengeance

128. But now she has BOTH maybe

129. Or not DON’T KEEP HER A SECRET, JAYHE

130. “There was a time when you really liked me. Remember that?” Yoooo

131. What are the odds that this will actually make June start being nice to Gigi

132. 2%, probably, but a guy can dream

133. Bette’s really just embracing the crazy now isn’t she

134. ELEANOR! How could you?!

135. Minus one for the minions smh!!!

136. Gigi is her own worst enemy at this point and that’s saying something

137. I don’t know if anyone actually dies in this book but I hope it’s Henri

138. Okay I don’t care how hot Bette is, Cassie’s ex is NOT about to go pursue any kind of relationship with her. What tf is he up to?!

139. These kids are so cunning I don’t know if I should be impressed or terrified

140. Omg who is Will’s new guy

141. HENRI you INSATIABLE fiend

142. Yesss calling out white privilege 👏

143. “He has to change things for himself, like I do,” Uuum, sure Jan June

144. Oh. My. GOD.

145. THE F#&KING BUTTERFLIES I KNEW IT

146. Ohhhh my god I hate this

147. THAT HAPPENED AND HE’S ASKING HER ABOUT BETTE’S RUMOR

148. I can’t I CAN’T

149. I am so stressed out right now

150. BETTE ARE YOU KIDDING ME

151. “I think she killed them all.” I’M GOING TO SCREAM

152. THANK YOU WILL oh my god thank you finally

153. They’ve literally all lost it everyone has LOST IT

154. Omg I so called the dad yes this is amazing

155. There’s SO MUCH GOING ON I need to sleep but I CAN’T

156. Happy Gigi is sooo much better than crazy freak-out Gigi can we keep it like this forever pls

157. “I’m so glad you have friends,” Gigi’s mom says, referring to Bette (lol)

158. Bette: “And tonight, I will make something happen.”

Me:

159. I can’t believe after all this I still want June to be happy

160. Omg do NOT trust a drink from Bette right now Gigi it’s the night before the performance please don’t be this naïve

161. Oh no oh no oh no

162. WHAT

163. Oh my goddd

164. Oh my god was it Will??? It had to be

165. HENRI!!!

166. IS THAT WHAT THIS RELATIONSHIP IS??? Oh my god

167. Is Gigi okay?!?!

168. AND NOW JUNE?!

169. So many things are happening I need a nap

170. THESE GIRLS ARE SO TWISTED

171. If I was a character in a YA novel I would’ve just let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding

172. Noooo Gigi YOU’RE BEING MISGUIDED

173. I’M SO STRESSED

174. Haha omg forgot she’d be dancing with her brother

175. CASSIE’S COMING BACK?!

176. This… is going to be… amazing.

 


Okay wow I can honestly say that I did not expect this novel about teen ballerinas to be so intense? But like… wow.

Well, I’m gonna go start Shiny Broken Pieces now. Kinda gotta know what happens next. And thanks for sticking with me through another live read! As always, drop a comment below and let us know what you want me to tackle next!

Have you read TINY PRETTY THINGS yet? What did you think of the reading (or re-reading) experience? Let us know in the comments below!

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