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March 23, 2018 • Cee • Reviews

The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes, & Other Dauntless Girls edited by Jessica Spotswood • March 13, 2018 • Candlewick Press
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In an anthology of revolution and resistance, a sisterhood of YA writers shines a light on a century and a half of heroines on the margins and in the intersections.

To respect yourself, to love yourself—should not have to be a radical decision. And yet it remains as challenging for an American girl to make today as it was in 1927 on the steps of the Supreme Court. It’s a decision that must be faced whether you’re balancing on the tightrope of neurodivergence, finding your way as a second-generation immigrant, or facing down American racism even while loving America. And it’s the only decision when you’ve weighed society’s expectations and found them wanting. In The Radical Element, twelve of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of the girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs—whether that means secretly learning Hebrew in early Savannah, using the family magic to pass as white in 1920s Hollywood, or singing in a feminist punk band in 1980s Boston. And they’re asking you to join them..

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First sentence: “Rebekah threaded in.”

Twelve girls. Twelve stories about girls from all walks of life in different time periods in the United States who stand up for their beliefs and challenge what is expected of them because of their gender, race, culture, and religion. Twelve authors weaving these beautiful tales.

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May 26, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

tiny pretty thingsTiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton
May 26, 2015
HarperTeen
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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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I received this book for free from Edelweiss + HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “It always feels like death.”

Two words that describe Tiny Pretty Things perfectly: Exhausting and addicting.

Tiny Pretty Thing follows three top ballet dancers—Gigi, Bette,and June—who are all competing to be the prima ballerina. Gigi is the California-born new girl who becomes the main target of harassment when she is cast as a leading role in The Nutcracker; Bette is the Queen Bee and ultimate mean girl who wants to get from under her older sister’s shadow and will do just about everything that shake up the competition; and June is always casted in the understudy role, and wants the spotlight to shine her to stop her mother from ending her dreams. These girls will stop at nothing to reach their goals even if it means bullying, backstabbing, and the like.

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