Friday, June 5, 2015

Review: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 328
Received: Received a copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 7, 2015
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Goodreads Synopsis:

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…

My Review:

This book has a perfect title, The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things... Sage is trying to be perfect, and yet keep her head down so that no one really looks deep into her life and find out who she really is. What I thought was adorable was how Sage trying to keep people out of her life is the one that wants to make sure everyone else around her is happy. She is always posting notes to people's lockers when she sees them having a bad day and trying to give them a pick-me-up, it's absolutely adorable to see someone wanting others to be happy.

When new student Shane Cavendish arrives at school, Sage wants to learn more about this quiet boy and her life begins to change. Sage begins to be more social and she brings Shane out of his shell as well as coming out of her own. Shane never expected to find someone like Sage, someone who wants to help everyone around her, and doesn't truly think of how things could go wrong. I really loved Sage, she tries so hard to keep up appearances and she just wants to be the best version of herself so that her old self doesn't come out.

As Sage starts to make some new friends, she also starts to learn more about herself and how she isn't afraid to stand up for those she loves no matter what is costs her. It is amazing seeing how her relationship with Shane grows, but throughout the entire thing you know she is hiding something, and when someone starts digging into her past, she tries even harder to hide it. What I loved was that when the truth did come out, I really felt for Sage and it was amazing to see people rally around her when she thought that no one really knew her that well.

This book was adorable and I loved everything that kept this story going. Sage is such a strong character, and even though she has something that brings her down a little, she fights her way back up and it makes her that much stronger.

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