Published by Feiwel & Friends on 07 April 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Also by this author: I Want it That Way
Place(s) Traveled To: Farmburg, Illinois
First Line: I know what they call me.
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre is actually a hard book for me to review because I read it so long ago. I brought this one with me on my trip to Paris last October because I thought that it would be a fun, light and fluffy read. I also have a good memory for the things I read but I found that not long after I finished the book that the details of this one had escaped me. And then much like the details I also misplaced my copy of the book so I wasn’t able to do a skim re-read of it. But as I said I do have a good memory so the more I thought about The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things the more that returned to me. The most prominent detail of which was Sage’s tendency to leave post-it notes for people.
I loved this idea and if I was still in high or college then I think I might find myself doing something similar. I like the idea of leaving a little note for someone to find just to brighten up their day a little with a small compliment. Sometimes its the little things like that, that take nothing for someone to do, that can make a world of difference to someone else. And I do know that since I finished The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things I have tried to be a little kinder and pay more compliments to those around me. And if the book was more about this then I think that I would have liked it more but The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things wasn’t all light and fluffy and it had all this added drama to it that just kept taking me out of the story.
I thought that Sage fell just a little too quickly for Shane and I also thought that she strove too hard for this idea of perfection. The reason of which we learn as we read the book but until that big moment there are all these cryptic references to her dark past and how no one would love her if they knew. And it was just ALL TOO MUCH. By the time the big reveal came I just didn’t care anymore. I also thought that Sage was too passive and forgiving. Especially when it came to her best friend Ryan who used her for several years. And the fact that he managed to keep something so big from her for so long just has me shaking my head in bafflement at the blinders that Sage wore.
For me, The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things, is a forgettable read. I read it quickly, as per Goodreads, but as I was in a foreign country with no English language TV to distract me that may not mean much at all. I think that part of my disconnect with the book was that there felt like there was this wall between the reader and Sage’s thoughts. There was was a lot of telling and not showing and so I never really connected with the story or the characters. And by the end I just didn’t really care all that much.