The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre
Published: April 7th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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…
“I’ve heard if you pretend long enough—or maybe wish hard enough—faking normal becomes real. I’m counting on that. Until then, I’ll carry on.”
I picked up this as a whim off of my TBR shelf (okay shelves) because I needed something different than my normal genre. I just felt like I needed a break and wanted to branch out and read some contemporary (mainly because they are always typically stand alone books). This book was a fairly quick read, but it did leave something to be desired.
Sage is our main character who lives with her aunt and is always trying to be the perfect girl because if she doesn’t her aunt will send her back to the system. That is basically Sage in a nutshell, oh and that she can’t get mad because bad things happen when she does. This was hinted so many times throughout the book, which was the explanation as to why she leaves sticky notes on peoples lockers to brighten up their day. After this was brought up the first time, I really wanted to know what happened in Sage’s past to make her like this now. After the 5th or 6th time of it being brought up, I really didn’t care anymore and just wanted the book to be over already. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait long after and the book quickly came to an end.
Sage’s love interest in this book was Shane. The hot new guy who is mysterious and moody and not part of the popular crowd. Although Shane is a very typical male character, I liked him a lot. I felt like he was more relatable than Sage or at least more flushed out or maybe it was just because he wasn’t the main character so we didn’t have to know every single thing about him. Just like Sage, Shane comes from a very troubled past and doesn’t like it when people try to give him hand outs or help really. When Sage over steps her boundaries, Shane isn’t afraid to point it out and I liked that a lot. Of course, that created a lot of angst in Sage in a “does he still like me, does he hate me” phase that happened quite a few times.
The overall story wasn’t for me, but Aguirre’s writing style was amazing! I loved it a lot! Even though I was a little bit annoyed with Sage, I still cried and laughed when she did because the writing was that good. Reading other reviews of this book say that Aguirre’s other books are really good, so I will definitely check them out to see if I like them better!