The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre
Publishing Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 336 pages
Young Adult Contemporary
The Premise: The story follows Sage Czinski who is trying really hard to be perfect. Perfect so that no one will ever really get under the surface to learn about her dark past. She is also know as the Queen of Bright and Shiny Things because every so often when she feels someone needs cheering up, she leaves a sticky note on their locker hoping that will cheer them up. Everything changes for Sage when she meets Shane, who is a shy guy that plays guitar and this highschool is his last chance at normalcy. He simply wants to graduate and move on with the rest of his life, but as the story would have it, Sage and Shane will cross paths and the story follows how that relationship unfolds.
My overall thoughts and review: Having read and enjoyed a series from Ann Aguirre in the past, I was quite excited to learn that she had a new Young Adult contemporary read coming out. This was a wonderful YA read in my opinion. I really liked how the story was paced and it wasn't instalove like some YA series. I loved Sage as a protagonist, there was so much to her and she was such a strong character who wanted to change and be the best she could be. Her relationship with Shane was beautiful and down right swoon-worthy. The mystery between both of their pasts were intriguing as well and there was the drama/antagonist in the book which really helped move the plot along. All in all, I really enjoyed this YA contemporary read and I think it would be a great read for those that are fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell and Morgan Matson.
My rating of the book: ✮✮✮✮ (4/5 stars)
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Disclaimer: A digital galley of this book was sent to me by Raincoast Books Canada for consideration/review. All opinions are my own.