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The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre - No Spoiler Review | There is music, there is madness

June 23, 2015

Title: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
Author: Ann Aguirre
Standalone Novel
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: April 7th 2015
Format Read: Ebook
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: ★★★★★
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. . . . 

Sage is a really great character. She's really kind and she's nice to everyone. She doesn't like bullying or people being bullied and she aways tries to stop it. She's a real eco-maniac and I like that. I like that she cares about the environment and the state of our planet. She's a really nice and polite girl and amazing friend.

I also really like Shane as a character. He is very cute and sweet and he's also a musician but he can be a jerk when he wants. Sometimes, he pushed people away too much and it was kind of annoying but otherwise, he was pretty good. I really liked his backstory and how it played out throughout the books.

Both Sage and Shane had extremely painful backstories and I think that's what made them connect on a more intimate level. They really understood each other and they were always there for each other, no matter what.

Sage's aunt Gabby was so sweet and great and a respectable but lenient parental figure. She really trusted Sage and Sage didn't betray that trust. Their relationship was not like aunt and niece, but like mother and daughter. It was so cute to watch.

The overall story of this book is not as interesting as you might expect but the way it's played out and the way it's executed makes it so much fun to read. This book is not all warm, cute and fluffy. There are a few darker elements to it. The characters aren't frustrating at most times. I recommend you read this book if you enjoy a good contemporary read. If you don't enjoy contemporary very much, this probably isn't for you.
-Rekha

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