Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
I stumbled across this book when browsing the shelves for beautiful covers and you gotta admit, this cover’s pretty stunning.
Although yes, I only picked this book up for the cover, once I read the back I knew this was a read I would enjoy. Behold, the story of three aspiring prima ballerinas navigating expectations, jealousy and modern-world problems.
Being a dancer myself, this book was a lot more relatable to me than it probably would have been for someone else. I could understand the terms and language used in it and their struggles were my struggles. For that reason, my rating will probably be slightly higher than yours so keep that in mind.
Elena Vanishing by Elena Dunkle
“Where does thin become fat? Where does success become failure? Where does a great future become a horrible past full of heartache and regret?”
This book seriously triggered some emotions-okay. A lot. It shows a girl’s life with an eating disorder that has been slowly eating (Hah. Eating) her up day by day. In addition, she has a voice in her head telling her what to do-put on makeup, don’t eat this meal, you’re so ugly, etc. This girl’s name is Elena. Told from her perspective, it shows her struggles to fit in and be skinny. At the end, when I read the author’s note, I was shocked to find that this book is actually a true story about herself. I should have realized this sooner-a main character named Elena and an author named Elena? That’s too much of a coincidence. So, to sum it all up, this book is technically a memoir of the author’s life. Her mother, Clare, actually helped her write this book (hence the two authors in the title) 😛 I loved this book so much! But here’s a tip: If you don’t like rape or self-harm, DON’T READ THIS BOOK!