The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre
“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.”
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…
This is one of my favorite book covers! It is so slick and simple yet, so eye-catchingly wonderful. Because of that I have been wanting to read this book forever. (Yes, I do judge a book by its cover). However, this book just wasn’t for me.
There was too much unnecessary drama and the book became like a soap opera. There wasn’t anything special about the characters and it didn’t really leave me with any emotion or thoughts.
Sage’s quest to save the world was a bit extreme. I liked her ideas to help others by posting positive affirmations on their lockers, but wouldn’t it be more helpful if she actually spoke to them rather than hiding behind a post it? I didn’t like how everyone became on of her projects and I times I wished she would just mind her own business.
Sage and Shane relationship seemed very contrived. I didn’t find it believable at all. 1/5 Stars.