The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
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Cover image and summary from Goodreads:
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 was partially drawn to this book because I love the title and the cover! It ended up taking me a super long time to finish reading, mostly because I could only read it on my laptop which is not favourite way to read anything, but I enjoyed this book!
I liked the story, the writing, and the characters. I really liked the way the relationship between Shane and Sage developed, starting with a friendship and then becoming something more.
I just don’t think this is a book that’s really going to stick with me though. There were a lot of things that I liked about it, but nothing that I loved. It was one of those books that I didn’t think about when I wasn’t reading it.
Contemporary YA is a bit hit or miss for me, though. I can’t figure out what makes some contemporary reads a better pick for me than others, and this one definitely wasn’t a miss. But it wasn’t a home run either. I’ve read a number of glowing reviews though, so I could be in the minority of readers for not falling in love with this one.
Recommended, especially for contemporary lovers.