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Title: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends: an imprint of Macmillan
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.
Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.
But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…
“…high school is full of people who think what they wear matters more than who we are.” I adore this quote from the first paragraph of The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre. I can definitely relate to this statement, as this is everyday within the walls of your average high school. This book is so enjoyable and sweet. I absolutely loved it and the characters contained inside!
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things is a contemporary romance set in a typical high school, which makes the setting easy to relate to. This book tells the story of Sage and Shane, two high school students who have both experienced loss and foster homes. Together, the two become friends, fall in love and learn to cope with high school drama and bullies. The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things is such a refreshing read that goes by so quickly. I had a hard time putting this one down!
The characters in The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things are so identifiable. Ann Aguirre has created an amazing novel that depicts all of the different cliques that can be found in a school environment, such as the jocks, the “burners (the smokers)”, etc. I felt as though I knew these characters personally, as many readers will as well! The main character, Sage, has such a fresh voice that readers will grow to love. She is feisty and behaves in the way everyone wishes they were more like in social situations.
Reading books that deal with teenage angst and high school drama are quickly picked up by Young Adult readers. The relatable setting and lovable characters will draw readers into this book with ease. I highly encourage fans of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins to read this book!