Author: Ann Aguirre
Genre: YA Contemporary
Received: For Review From Macmillan (Thank You!)
Published: April 7, 2015 from Feiwel & Friends
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…
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things was a heartwarming and swoonworthy book that I really enjoyed reading. I went into this one not really knowing much about it, but I thought it was really great. It was a quick read for me and would make for a great summer read. This was the first book by Ann Aguirre that I have read, which is crazy I know!
I loved the premise of this book of Sage leaving positive post-it notes on people's lockers. I wish someone had did that in every High School. Sage and Shane were so cute and I loved watching their young love unfold. Right off the bat I expected this to be a good girl falls for a bad boy love story, but it was so much more than that. There was an intricate plot line and background stories for both of these characters.
Sage's relationship with her aunt was phenomenal and despite this being another YA book where the main character has absentee parents but seeing the bond between Sage and her aunt really made up for that.
This was a great romance that you couldn't help, but get swept away with but the story was much darker than I had expected. From the child abuse, bullying, and cheating themes this was a very heavy story at times. Sage's friend who turned out to be a bit of a dick, there really isn't another way of putting that, was one of the things that made this book 4 rather than 5 stars. I think that whole plot line just felt unnecessary even though it kick started the change for Sage it just felt irrelevant and awkward by the end of the book.
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things makes me want to read more of Ann Aguirre's books. I love getting emotionally connected to characters and I did with this one. This is a great YA contemporary that I you would really enjoy. Fans of The Summer of Me and You and Anna and the French Kiss would really enjoy this one.