This Tiny Perfect World

This Tiny Perfect World

A contemporary “clean teen” coming-of-age story about a small-town girl who opens her eyes to life’s endless possibilitiesWhen Penny wins a scholarship to a prestigious theater camp, she thinks it’s the start of a perfect summer. But when she arrives at camp, Penny is thrust into a world of competition and self-doubt. And as she meets new friends, including Chase, a talent...

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Title:This Tiny Perfect World
Author:Lauren Gibaldi
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This Tiny Perfect World Reviews

  • Eric Smith

    I need this book right now. I'll read anything Lauren Gibaldi writes.

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 3.5 stars

    Penny was perfectly content with her life. She loved her hometown and spending time with her bestie and her boyfriend. Her future was predetermined, and she was ok with that. However, after Penny was accepted into a competitive acting camp, her little world began to grow, and she started to see that there were a lot of different opportunities out there, and that she may want to explore them.

    This Tiny Perfect World was a very tho

    Rating: 3.5 stars

    Penny was perfectly content with her life. She loved her hometown and spending time with her bestie and her boyfriend. Her future was predetermined, and she was ok with that. However, after Penny was accepted into a competitive acting camp, her little world began to grow, and she started to see that there were a lot of different opportunities out there, and that she may want to explore them.

    This Tiny Perfect World was a very thoughtful and honest look at one girl's struggle and doubt about her future. I think many people will be able to relate to this story on some level, because so many young people (and older people too) reach a point in their lives, where they are faced with some exciting and scary choices, and will have to determine what they want from life.

    Penny always thought she wanted to stay in her hometown, inherit her mother's diner, and marry her childhood sweetheart, but her summer in a new environment really opened her eyes. She began questioning what she wanted and what she thought was possible. Gibaldi did an incredible job conveying Penny's struggle to the reader. I felt her fear of losing the things she knew and loved, but also her excitement for the things she could have.

    Gibaldi assembled a fine cast of characters to accompany Penny on her journey. I thought her theatre friends, Sam and Chase, were great windows into her new possibilities. I found them fun, likable, and felt that they pushed Penny in all the right ways. Her best friend, Faye, was always there for her, and I really appreciated the way she supported Penny. I have to say, Dad was a stand out, and he and Penny shared some really special moments on-page. His love for his daughter was crystal clear, and he did what any good parent would do. He tried to advise and guide his daughter, but allowed her to make her own choices.

    There was a lot of fun built into this book. I had lived in Florida for several years, and visited central Florida often, so I was a fan of the setting. The trips to downtown Orlando, as well as our days at camp, created a nice backdrop for the story to unfold in. I even had fun while Faye and Logan were babysitting.

    Although this book had an fairly wide open ending, I was ok with it. The ending seemed appropriate for this story. Penny was still figuring things out. She was 17, and her ending didn't happen yet, therefore, it made sense that the book left room for her to continue growing and searching for her happily ever after. Although the ending was not all tied up, we do get some idea of where Penny stood on certain aspects of her past and future life, and I really was pleased with the direction Gibaldi went with that.

    Overall: A very real and believable story of one small-town girl's struggle with the life she knows and what surprises await her outside of the home she knows and loves.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review

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  • Lea (drumsofautumn)

    I don't think I've ever said this before but I'd really encourage you to read this whole review and not click off just because you read a word like “love triangle” because there's so much more to this story and I would hate for you to get discouraged from reading the book because of words like this.

    A lot of this novel took me by surprise. I went into it not knowing much,

    I don't think I've ever said this before but I'd really encourage you to read this whole review and not click off just because you read a word like “love triangle” because there's so much more to this story and I would hate for you to get discouraged from reading the book because of words like this.

    A lot of this novel took me by surprise. I went into it not knowing much, except that it's a story about a girl who kind of outgrows her small hometown and realizes the future she imagined there might not be what she really wants. When I realized that a lot of this novel would

    and there'd be wonderful (musical) theatre references, I was even more excited about this.

    The theatre camp was definitely an aspect of the story that I really enjoyed and I loved the friendship portrayed through it and how it can bring people together.

    In the beginning I was annoyed a lot by the characters. I thought the

    and I thought her character development was really good. I also thought the female friendships she had, both with her best friend, Faye, and her new friend from camp, Sam, were portrayed in a great way.

    My biggest issue was probably Chase, a guy that Penny befriends at camp. Especially in the beginning he was insufferable and

    I can't believe he insisted on calling Penny “Penelope” throughout the WHOLE NOVEL, with her constantly correcting him because that's not how she likes to be called. Call me petty but this is a certain male entitlement that I am ABSOLUTELY sick of seeing. I also think it's annoying that he's constantly asking Penny if she “still has that boyfriend”. Come on Chase, be a bit more classy. There's a lot of behaviour by him that irritated me immensely and I think he could've been written differently and would've benefited the story a lot more.

    That said, even though I wasn't a big fan of Chase's behavior, the

    of the novel. Now I'm putting “love” in quotation marks because it's not really an accurate term but as far as I know we haven't come up with a term like “crush” triangle or “maybe potentially interested in” triangle, so I have to stick to it.

    The reason I liked the love triangle was because

    than a love triangle. At the surface level it was about two boys, yes, but if you really look at it, it just portrays the conflict the main character is going through in her life. This is exactly the kind of love triangle I'm looking for, one that

    A lot of people will find it annoying nonetheless but I appreciated it.

    While I'm at that topic I wanna mention the emotional cheating that is involved. I get this is a no-go for a lot of people and that's totally fine. But I thought that a lot of it redeemed itself at the end of the story. I wish the main character had been honest to her boyfriend a bit earlier on but after finishing this book, I can see that a lot of this made sense.

    Really, looking back at it, in a lot of ways it almost feels like Chase was used as a plot device and I'm not mad about it.

    I also liked that this book showed that wanting to kiss someone does not necessarily have to mean you love this person and wanna be with them. This is one of my BIGGEST pet peeves with YA books and even with the way we review them a lot of the times, so I was happy that it was explicitly mentioned in the story.

    I truly loved reading about both Penny's small hometown life and the theatre camp and with that also the differences in wealth in her friendship groups. Throughout the novel she learns that she might want to branch out but at the same time appreciates her hometown life more and learns not to be ashamed about in front of other people. She starts to see it from a different perspective BECAUSE she's branching out and I thought that was wonderful.

    And I loved the family

    and how we saw their relationship grow and develop throughout this novel.

    There was also a really

    in this novel that I deeply appreciated and might have been one of my favourite I have ever read about in YA.

    I do think the ending was a bit rushed and I definitely could have lived with a couple more pages but in the end the novel did everything it intended to do.

  • Jennifer

    This Tiny Perfect World is a Young Adult contemporary novel. The book takes place in Florida. The narrator is 17 year old Penny (1st person POV).

    Penny has gotten a scholarship to a prestigious theater camp. So by day she takes the bus to the theater camp where she has new friends. And at night she has her old friends Logan and Faye.

    She lives in a small town, Christmas Florida. The camp is a bus ride away in Winter Park, the fanciest neighborhood in central Florida.

    There is definitely a big divi

    This Tiny Perfect World is a Young Adult contemporary novel. The book takes place in Florida. The narrator is 17 year old Penny (1st person POV).

    Penny has gotten a scholarship to a prestigious theater camp. So by day she takes the bus to the theater camp where she has new friends. And at night she has her old friends Logan and Faye.

    She lives in a small town, Christmas Florida. The camp is a bus ride away in Winter Park, the fanciest neighborhood in central Florida.

    There is definitely a big divide between her poor town and the rich kids that attend the camp. It was interesting to get to see both parts of Penny's life. Although I much preferred everything to do with the theater camp. The camp was doing one play (The Glass Menagerie) and one musical (Spring Awakening). I love theater so I absolutely loved that this was such a prominent part of the story. I also really liked her two friends from camp: Sam (girl) and Chase.

    The story is basically about a girl who is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. She has a boyfriend when the book starts (which I didn't love because I prefer to read about a single girl who then has the opportunity to meet her guy during the book).

    However, other than that small issue I really liked almost everything about this book. It totally kept my interest. And there were definitely a few things that I did not see coming.

    Overall, I thought that it was a cute YA story. And if you love theater then this book will keep you entertained. Also, the ending of a book is everything to me. And somehow the author managed to get to all of the things that I wanted her to address.

    Thanks to edelweiss and HarperTeen for allowing me to read this book.

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)

    I knew that I would love this book the second I read the synopsis. I will read pretty much any book about acting and any book that is set at camp. This Tiny Perfect World has both. I really enjoyed the message of this story, and the main character is believable. If you enjoyed Lauren Gibaldi’s other books, her latest instalment will not let you down.

  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

    RATING: 3/5

    *I recieved a digital ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

    This was a cute, fun read. I'm glad it went down a different road that I was originally expecting. I love when a book isn't predictable but for some reason, that's a hard thing to find these days. If you're a contemporary fan, like moi, you're going to like this!

  • Chloe Yeung

    *WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD*

    Did I like the book?

    Honestly, I don't know.

    I mean, when I first requested to join this blog tour, I had no idea what this book

    *WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD*

    Did I like the book?

    Honestly, I don't know.

    I mean, when I first requested to join this blog tour, I had no idea what this book was about. If you're a friend of mine, you probably know I'm a sucker for pretty covers. I was attracted by the pretty colors and the picture of the girl with closed eyes. (I know - I sound shallow :P)

    The beginning was slow-ish. We meet Penny's best friend and boyfriend. Penny mentions how the three of them used to spend every summer together, but this year they are going to be apart. I was like, okay. The stuff she talks about was a little bit boring, and to be honest, I couldn't relate, because every summer, I meet up with my friends a few times for lunch, or shopping, or homework, but I've never spent my whole summer with the same person every year.

    So, after that, Penny goes to theatre camp (I LOVE THEATRE). Things start to get interesting here. Penny meets a girl, Sam, and a boy, Chase. She becomes friends with Sam (whom I love, by the way. She's such a nice person and so talented!!!). I didn't like Chase at first, because he is so full of himself and brags about performing in shows in Atlanta, but it's clear he has good intentions and wants to help Penny improve her acting skills.

    What I didn't like about this book was that it reminded me of the "books" I wrote when I was in middle school. Somehow, Sam and Chase end up getting their desired roles for the play, while Penny and Sam's crush (whoops I forgot his name) play as understudy to the roles they want. Then, the director arranges the actors into groups of 2 selected performers and 2 understudies, and the four of them get sorted into a group. What a coincidence. It's really unrealistic, don't you think?

    + It's obvious that Penny's not deeply in love with her boyfriend, Logan (who's her best friend since childhood), and she starts having feelings for Chase. I was hoping that Penny will tell Logan about her real feelings and chase after Chase (see what I did there? *wink*). But she doesn't! And I think that's kind of unfair to both Logan and Chase.

    The characters visit downtown Orlando, and it reminded me of the trip I took to the USA last summer. I went to Orlando, but I didn't get to explore downtown Orlando because I spent most of my trip in Disney World and Universal Studios. Reading about these places made me regret not visiting the downtown area.

    Penny is clueless about what she's going to do in the future, and I could totally feel her struggle. She does not know if she should stay behind in the little town she grew up in, or go for something bigger. Her theatre friends are all moving on to Broadway and Hollywood, and she wants to do something similar, but she is reluctant to leave behind everything she is familiar with. For me, I have some idea of what kind of career I want to pursue (forensic pathology!) but it seems totally out of reach. Also did I mention I have no idea how universities work? Penny, I feel you.

    ★★★

    I have mixed feelings about this book, and I don't know how many stars I should rate it? I might change the star rating later.

  • Joséphine (Word Revel)

    My full book review is

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    3.5 stars

    If drama and theatre are involved, you can be sure I want to read the book. Thats nearly a guarantee that I'll enjoy it and in the case of

    , I sure did. Call it nostalgia for my own pursuit of theatre but I enjoyed following Penny through her summer drama programme. One thing that

    did well was that there were quite a number of chapter

    My full book review is

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    3.5 stars

    If drama and theatre are involved, you can be sure I want to read the book. Thats nearly a guarantee that I'll enjoy it and in the case of

    , I sure did. Call it nostalgia for my own pursuit of theatre but I enjoyed following Penny through her summer drama programme. One thing that

    did well was that there were quite a number of chapters dedicated to her curriculum time and rehearsals.

    While this book doesn't offer a grand plot with larger than life developments, it does tackle the idea of, "What if there's more to life than this?" The progression through Penny's summer was believable, and in many ways relatable.

    I just wish that there had been more depth to the characters. Since

    is a slow and fairly quiet book, I wanted more from it through the characters. The emotions, I feel, didn't come across so intensely, so I didn't care as much for them as I would've liked.

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  • Stacee

    Oh man, it seriously breaks my heart to rate this so low. I have enjoyed Lauren’s other books and was quite excited for this one. Instead I was so so so bored.

    Penny is just okay. Her inner monologue sounds flat and I never actually connected to her or any other characters. Everyone seemed so one dimensional and clichéd.

    Plot wise, it was meh. It didn’t feel like anything happened. There wasn’t a spark, there wasn’t a real conflict, and nothing captivated me. I was interested enough to want to k

    Oh man, it seriously breaks my heart to rate this so low. I have enjoyed Lauren’s other books and was quite excited for this one. Instead I was so so so bored.

    Penny is just okay. Her inner monologue sounds flat and I never actually connected to her or any other characters. Everyone seemed so one dimensional and clichéd.

    Plot wise, it was meh. It didn’t feel like anything happened. There wasn’t a spark, there wasn’t a real conflict, and nothing captivated me. I was interested enough to want to know how it turned out, but could have easily DNF’d.

    Overall, I liked the idea of Penny trying to figure out what she wanted, but the execution didn’t work for me.

    **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**

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