Published by HarperCollins on May 26th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
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Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.
Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette's desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.
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If you think that you know ballerinas, oh, trust me, you don’t know them at all, unless you’re them. I used to want to be a ballerina, but after reading this book? HAHA, IT’S OK, I LIKE WHO I AM RIGHT NOW. Who knew that there could be so much violence and messed up situations behind the perfect life of each ballerina, just to achieve what they want at the top. Three different girls and all of them wants to be at the top. Bette, Gigi and June. Bette has always been a perfectionist, and she has huge shoes to fill in, after her elder sister became on of the most famous ballerina. Being pressurized by her mother didn’t helped either, especially when she lost a lead role that she really thought she would get. THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRY. That brings us to the next girl, Gigi. Gigi has always been the only black kid in a school full of pretty white blondes and brunettes. But for some reason, she has this air of happiness around her that refuse to let even the most evil acts to ruin her day. Though, she didn’t realize how evil things can get. And then there’s June, the Korean girl who always has to be the understudy. When push comes to shove, these girls will do ANYTHING to get to the top.
I totally did not know that this book would be a series, so I got REALLY annoyed at the ending, like HELLO WHAT IS THIS, so imagine my happiness when I realise that YAY there would be another book. I think what kept me so glued to this book throughout the whole of it, is the fact that it’s about ballet. I’m sure almost everyone never really thought that there is a dark side to ballets, so it was quite interesting to read the truths behind it all. I loved the way the author split the book into three different voices, because it made it harder for one to totally love or hate a character. Each character has their own good and bad side, and each has their own reasons for acting the way they do. And as the summary stated, yes, this book has that Pretty Little Liars aura around it, and although I have never watched or read that series, I kinda know what they mean.
But really, that ending though. SCARY.