Bad News Ballerinas AGAIN: Shiny Broken Pieces

Charaipotra, Sona, & Clayton, Dhonielle. Shiny Broken Pieces. HarperTeen, 2016. 374 pages. Hardcover $15.44, ISBN 978-0-06-234242-3

TL;DR: Do I recommend this? Yes, for older readers

Genre: YA/Realistic Fiction/Ballet!

Part of a Series? Yes — duology; Tiny Pretty Things is the first novel

Plot Summary:

We’re back at the American Ballet Conservatory, and the company is reeling. The book picks up only a few months after the shocking conclusion of Tiny Pretty Things. (I won’t share too many details — no spoilers!)

Bette and June and still desperate for the top spots. Cassie is BACK, and she’s got a bone to pick with anyone and everyone who will stand in her way.


Critical Evaluation/Reader’s Comments:

Like the first novel, this book moves at warp speed. There are more secrets than ever, and alliances are shifting. Strangely, it feels as though readers are meant to feel sorry for Bette in this book, which is a weird feeling after all of her mean-girl antics in book one.

More drama, more backstabbing, more fights in the hallways. If you liked the tension and the jealousy of Tiny Pretty Things, this will be a good pick for you.

Trigger Warnings:

  • eating disorders
  • violence
  • drug abuse
  • harassment

Curriculum Ties/Library Use:


Grade Level: YA (9-12)

Awards and Starred Reviews: n/a


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