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The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre
Published by Feiwel & Friends on April 7th 2015
Pages: 328

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 knew I was going to love Sage the moment I started to read. Why do you ask? It was the moment in the beginning of the book where she stated that she wished high school kids on TV looked like normal high school kids. Zits and bad hair. No one ever looks that good at school. The second time I knew I loved Sage as a Character was when she found out her aunt had a date with a UPS man, she joked with her about ‘inspecting his package.’ Her humor and outlook on life compliment each other so well. It almost seemed so unexpected coming from her.

When you add in the fact that she takes time out of her day, even if it’s just a few minutes, to write a note to brighten someone’s day, you’ve got an all-around amazing person. I truly wish there had been someone like this when I was in High school. My years of High School were hard at points, so if someone had done this it could have made many dark days brighter.

 There is a point in the book where she says, ‘I couldn’t help it. Sometimes you need to fight.’ This sings to me more than some people would understand. I won’t say too much but I was also in a group home when I was younger. The more and more I talk about Sage, the more I loved her character. She was written so well.

Lila reaching out with the offer to talk and be friends was a really nice gesture. I have a feeling it felt great for Sage to know what her note meant something to someone else. It just shows you don’t know some people until either party takes the time to make an effort to know him/her. The best part of Lila is that after taking a moment out of her day to reach out to Sage, she ended up with a great friend. It goes to show that you don’t know someone unless you really get to know them. You can’t know who someone is based on the outside alone.

Shane was a great guy, who had a lot of struggles in his life. It’s nice to see he was trying to do something with his life. His love of music and attending school even though there were so many things to overcome in order to do so. He lost control of his temper when it came to someone hurting an important part of his life, and he did something he felt he should have. Was it right? No, because he knew what the consequences would have been. Did I feel like Dylan deserved what happened? In a way yes, and in a way no. I think it could have been handled better but sometimes love blinds you to what’s right. Shane was still a great, strong character just like the many other characters you find.

This book was a great read. I honestly loved Sage so much out of all of it. She was relatable and strong. If you have a chance to pick up this lovely and read it, I highly recommend it.


Sarah LeBlanc

★ Borderline battler ★ Bookish lover ★ Hunger Games fanatic ★ Jodi Meadows Fangirl ★ Raising Awareness of Mental Health and BPD ★

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