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Shiny Broken Pieces (Tiny Pretty Things #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,144 Ratings  ·  241 Reviews
May the best dancer win.

June, Bette, and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan’s most elite ballet school. Now they 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.

Ever since June landed the starring role in last year’s performance,
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by HarperTeen
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Sona At this time, the TPT series is a duology, meaning this is the second and final book.

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Oct 07, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
This is my year. This is my turn. I’ll be the lead soloist. I’ll be chosen for the company. I’ll do whatever it takes.

Such a wonderful end to the dark series that gives us a glimpse into the competitive world of ballet. I cannot praise this series enough for it’s diversity. And that’s aside from the fierce, cut-throat ballerinas. The real-life issues such as eating disorders, coming out, drug abuse, racism, bullying, etc. & the engrossing drama.

Summer has passed since Tiny Pretty Things e
And I read this why???


The first book in this duology was not to my liking at all. But it left unanswered questions... I wanted to know if there was a point to certain events. I wanted to see if negative behaviours on the part of some of the male characters would be called to attention. I wanted to see if the female characters would ever develop into believable multi-layered ballerinas... I wanted to understand the reasons behind the actions of the characters from book one.

And it was all a
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

Shiny Broken Pieces stole my heart.

This book easily becomes my favorite read of 2016 as if there’s any other competition. One of the things that set this story apart from its peers is the non-glamorization portrayal of unlikable heroines. There’s savagery. We get to see them make bad decisions, get messy. There are times you’d question their intent and sincerity. There is a rawness, but we also get to see them stiched themselves back again. We need to normalize this narrative in YA or in any sp
Jen Ryland
These books are twisty and fun, but not sure a second book added much new to the story. Putting Cassie in the mix was a (welcome) new element, but -- and maybe it was reading these back to back -- 800+ pages total of mean girls/pranks/bullying/ballet/boy drama started to be a bit much. By the end I couldn't stand any of the characters and was happy to break out of the claustrophobic world of the American Ballet Company academy.

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Hannah *BeneaththeInk*
This is my year. This is my turn. I’ll be the lead soloist. I’ll be chosen for the company. I’ll do whatever it takes.

I didn't think it could get more intense than it's predecessor, but Shiny Broken Pieces is shocking and kept me on my toes. (Yes, I snuck in a ballet pun)

June was my favorite, Gigi never grabbed me as a character. Bette was the girl everyone loves to hate.

Their stories were definitely a worthwhile read.
Rhea Dsouza
I am so sad to see this duology end, but here’s the thing.  This book, like its prequel, has diversity at the forefront.  Not only that, it has diverse authors.  The way Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces have been written make me feel like these are authors who know what they’re talking about, know what issues they’ve addressed, maybe even personally gone through some of these problems.  This isn’t research in these books—it’s their own life and their own hearts.  And that, reader, is e ...more
Apr 10, 2016 Trisha rated it really liked it
"Better, faster, stronger, payback"

What a fabulous ending. Truly, in the theme of the series - we got to see the ugliest side of everyone. The twist and turns - the plots and revenge. This last year in the dancer's lives were all about change. And this last year defined each of them - as it was the final person they were when they auditioned for the final step - The Ballet Company. Only 2 girls and 2 boys go each year - and the year before there wasn't enough talent and no one went. It's a tough
Taryn (sunlitlibrary)
Nov 20, 2016 Taryn (sunlitlibrary) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
Actual rating: 5

It's hard to write reviews on sequels without giving away spoilers, so all I'm going to say is that I loved this as much as I loved the first. The introduction of Cassie and seeing a bit of Gigi's darker side was interesting. I so wish there was another book, or at least an epilogue novella!

Highly highly recommend this book to everyone!
Sep 10, 2015 H rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Inferior to the first — full of bitterness with less tension and character growth, losing all the charm that made Tiny Pretty Things sparkle. Bette was the sole diamond in a sea of cubic zirconia.

Emily Mead
Oh my god I need like NINE MORE BOOKS. It's so intense and brilliant and there's all this PASSION. Gah. So good.
Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

Last year I read Tiny Pretty Things and it became an instant favourite. I was patiently eagerly awaiting Shiny Broken Pieces. It did not disappoint, and I found myself immersed in the lives of the Bette, June and Gigi once again.

Spoilers ahead for Tiny Pretty Things.

Shiny Broken Pieces picks up at the beginning of the new school year. Gigi is still recovering from her accident but she is determined to prove that she still has
India Hill
Jun 30, 2016 India Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. The character development is spot on and it does a great job of making you feel like you're in NYC, dancing with the others. I love how character roles are switched, making you feel different things for people you hated in the first book. Gigi was my favorite character in both books, but I love how much of a slow-burn June's character development was. I didn't care for her in the first book, I thought she was mean and aloof, but that completely changed for me in the second ...more
Nov 20, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had this book on my TBR since I found out they were making a sequel to Tiny Pretty Things. I absolutely adored the first book and the cutthroat world we were introduced to that is Ballet. I’m still wondering whether ballet is really that competitive and whether dancers are actually that bad - because it is kind of scary! I loved this book and I loved the difference we could see in all the characters! We also got to know Cassie - who probably deserved what she got from the people around he ...more
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“This is my year. This is my turn. I’ll be the lead soloist. I’ll be chosen for the company. I’ll do whatever it takes.”

This was a YA contemporary story about a group of dancers studying at the American Ballet Company.

I felt quite sorry for Bette in this story, it wasn’t her fault what happened to Gigi, and it was unfair the way she was made to take the blame, especially
Sep 19, 2016 Alexa rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
3.75 stars. It really is satisfying to read a book that ends a series for all of the characters involved so definitively. I definitely felt that way about SHINY BROKEN PIECES, as it allows readers to reconnect with Bette, June and Gigi and to see how each of their stories plays out. It's definitely still messed up, and it's still over the top, but it was also just so compelling and a lot of fun to read. Glad I picked this one up and that I saw their saga through till the end ;)
Jenny (adultishbooks)
While I found this book enjoyable, I did not enjoy this one as much as the first. I find the characterization strong in both but found this one meandered too much and lacked focus. This one had a better pace than the first but still felt repetitive.

I do recommend this for anyone who loves ballet like me and enjoys reading YA set in that world.
Avon Gale
Jul 24, 2016 Avon Gale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya_books
I gave both this and the first book -- Tiny Pretty Things -- the same rating, so this is basically a review of both books.

I'm a sucker for any kind of competitive dance story, especially ballet. Also, I love melodrama. Which is a good thing, because wow, there was quite a bit of it in this series. It occasionally went a little OTT, and at times I think that took away from the story, but save one major issue I found it an enjoyable way to spend a few hours.

I loved the diverse cast of characters
Jan 04, 2016 Angie rated it really liked it
If you thought what these girls did to each other in Tiny Pretty Things were bad, wait until you read Shiny Broken Pieces! The stakes are higher than ever at the American Ballet Company. Bette, Gigi, and June are in their final year at the prestigious dance school. Well, Gigi and June are. Bette has been suspended, but she's desperate to prove her innocence, be allowed back, and then audition for the Spring performance of Swan Lake. But in her spot is the newly returned Cassie, and she just migh ...more
Apr 10, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
The sequel to Tiny Pretty Things was fun and entertaining. It was interesting to see Cassie added to the cast of characters this time around. You have a lot of the same dirty pranks like last time, but this time you see both Cassie and Gigi wanting to get revenge on those that hurt them. I didn't like this as much as the first book, but still really enjoyed this one. It really shows the cutthroat competitive nature of this ballet school.

So far this is supposed to be the final book in the series
Jan 20, 2017 Erika rated it it was amazing
Aug 17, 2016 Jana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So good.
Jan 26, 2017 Maris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult

Enjoyable, fun conclusion to the duology. This isn't usually the type of YA I gravitate towards (the "mean girls" themes bring back some unfortunate memories, but the depictions of the dance world are chillingly accurate). I appreciate the voices of the authors, as well as the focus on non-white characters (something the actual dance world could afford to do).
Abby Johnson
I *devoured* this book. It's so dramatic and scandalous and full of revenge and dancing and plotting. OMG. This would be a perfect beach/pool read or airplane read for those who love dancing and/or drama. Don't miss the first one, Tiny Pretty Things.
Amanda Snow
Jan 09, 2016 Amanda Snow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those series that completely sucked me in. Loved the first book, 2nd was just as fascinating and engrossing. Ballet soap opera - and I mean that in the best of ways. The authors have created characters that are easy to dislike, but also easily to just feel terrible for.
Rachel León
Nov 19, 2016 Rachel León rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, ya
(Probably 4.5 stars) I loved the first book in this series, but I may have enjoyed this one even more. Set in a cutthroat ballet academy, these YA novels feature a diverse cast of characters focused on succeeding at all costs. Super entertaining and fun!
Oct 28, 2015 Olivia marked it as to-read
I didn't know there was going to be a sequel to Tiny Pretty Things! Can't wait to read it. These covers are gorgeous and they match so perfectly.
Dec 22, 2015 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as the first- all the characters are darkly compelling and I couldn't stop reading. These books are just addicting to pick up, so overdramatic but in the best way.
Sarena Nanua
Nov 11, 2015 Sarena Nanua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the end of this series! The character growth was phenomenal, and both books are so well written. (I can't believe I found myself rooting for Bette more than Gigi.) Full review to come soon!
Jan 12, 2017 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow start, did not like Gigi at all in most of this book. Luckily, it got back to normal in the end, and it was a really good book.
Megan (YABookers)
Excellent ending to an excellent duology. I will definitely be reading more from both Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton.
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Sona Charaipotra is an entertainment and lifestyle journalist published by major media from the New York Times to TeenVogue. Sona received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. Thanks to a Masters in screenwriting from New York University (where her thesis project was developed for the screen by MTV Films), Sona is a strong believer that three-act structure can work in fiction, too. ...more
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