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Ballerinas Doing Very Bad Things: TINY PRETTY THINGS is finally here!

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Note: Yesterday was our very own Sona’s book birthday – TINY PRETTY THINGS is now out in the wild, and I can’t wait for all of you to read it! Blurbed as “Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars,” this high-drama, deliciously dark and absolutely addictive book features three teenaged girls — Gigi, Bette, and June…
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Five Things to Love about TINY PRETTY THINGS

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It feels like ages since our last debut (it was Colleen’s BEFORE I GO in January), and I couldn’t be more excited to cheer on Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton’s fantastic TINY PRETTY THINGS. You can read the description of it on Goodreads then you’ll want to order your very own copy. Trust me – it’s amazing!…
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TINY PRETTY THINGS— It’s almost here!!!!

balletshoeTomorrow, TINY PRETTY THINGS (a.k.a., the best YA novel of the year) will be released and available for your (and your teen daughter’s, and your teen daughter’s best friend’s) consumption. And trust me, you (and your teen daughter and your teen daughter’s best friend) will want to scoop this one up and devour it immediately. This “Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars” debut by our very own Sona Charaipotra and her friend and writing partner Dhonielle Clayton offers three alternating narratives of teen girls at a prestigious ballet academy— and the lengths they’ll go to be the very best.

I read it in two nights (despite the fact that I was 8 months pregnant and usually couldn’t keep my eyes open when my head hit the pillow. This book kept me up). Here are the four things I loved most about it:

1. The voice. Forgot what it’s like to be a teenager? They didn’t. Sona and Dhonielle somehow effortlessly capture the insecurities, emotions and first love feelings of their characters, as if they were still teenagers themselves.

2. The diversity. Professional ballet has historically been a mostly-white endeavor. But the cast of TINY PRETTY THINGS is anything but— and the challenges the girls face and the feelings they feel about race are all very deep and real. The race issues never feel contrived, and it’s refreshing to see other ethnic backgrounds represented, especially in YA lit. (See #weneeddiversebooks.)

3. The moral ambiguity. It’s easy when you’re writing books to fall into a good vs. evil trope — but in the drama-filled, cutthroat world of TINY PRETTY THINGS, it’s not always clear who the “good” girls are. Every character has their flaws, their dark thoughts— and their dark deeds. It keeps you guessing — and turning the pages.

4. The ending. Let’s just say it leaves you wanting more. Fortunately Sona and Dhonielle are finishing up edits to their sequel now— and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

 

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NEWS FLASH: BEA, “Best Of” Book Lists, & a Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Christina Li, winner of Renee Ahdieh’s THE WRATH AND THE DAWN! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of THE RAINY SEASON by guest author Maggie Messitt …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is thrilled that Pop Sugar named BEFORE I GO as one of the Best Books of 2015 (so…
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Maggie Messitt’s Dirty Little Secret +Giveaway of THE RAINY SEASON

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There is non-fiction that strives to be strictly informative. Eat that, do this, go here! Then there is non-fiction that uses all the nuances of storytelling to weave a tale that reads like you are there, that you are following along with the subjects’ daily lives. Maggie Messitt’s THE RAINY SEASON, is just that. She…
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Playing the (Character) Name Game

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For as long as I can remember, people have slaughtered my name. Not just Charaipotra, but Sona. Four simple letters. Rhymes with Mona. For some reason, everyone insists on seeing that i, even though it just doesn’t exist. My dad was the one who picked my name. He thought it was “an international name.” But it’s…
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Character Naming (or, How To Justify Hours on the Internet…)

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When I was growing up, I fantasized about being named…Nancy. Or Cathy. For real. Those were the names I coveted because I wanted to blend in with the Tiffanys and Susans and Lauras peppered throughout my middle grade life, not stand out as the one and only Karma. And Boy George cursing bringing the world…
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