The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
By: Ann Aguirre
Available April 2015
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 Blonde’s Review:
To start: I love Sage and Shane. They’re both great characters and I couldn’t get enough of them. Neither of them have had an easy life though they’ve dealt with it differently. Sage is queen of positivity, carrying around a pad of post its leaving notes for people she notices having a hard day. She tries hard to be perfect and make sure that her aunt won’t regret having her around. She doesn’t want anyone to look into her past or guess that there is a shadow Sage buried beneath the surface. Shane wants to go unnoticed and fly beneath the radar. He just wants to get by and get through.
Something about Shane speaks to Sage and she can’t help but find herself drawn to him. She finds herself searching him out and doing what she can to take care of him, even if he doesn’t want to be taken care of. She’s a nurturer and he’s someone who needs to be cared for. Luckily Shane seems more bemused by the efforts than offended most days. He doesn’t know how to take it since he isn’t used to anyone caring about him, especially someone like Sage who does it without obligation.
Seeing the way their relationship grows was so great. The things they have to overcome internally and the battles they have to fight to make a relationship work really made it clear that they couldn’t have been any more perfect for each other.
I liked the way the author brought Sage’s past to light and showed her the impact she’s had on the people around her. We don’t always see how important we are. And for someone like Sage, who only hears from the people who thinks what she does is dorky, it was amazing to see that it was just as positive as she always hoped and it was ale to build on itself all day. It was great.
If you like books that have characters with history and baggage who have to overcome their issues to trust that they can find happiness together then you’ll enjoy this one. I thought it was great.