Title: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Excerpt 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…
The publisher provided me a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Sage is seriously amazing. Everyday she looks for someone who has had a bad day and leaves compliments and words of encouragement on a post it note of their locker. I wish I was still in high school because I would have stolen this idea. Sage is kind and quick to forgive. Even though she may have her days, she tries to be the better person.
Then there is the new kid, Shane. Sage is almost immediately attracted to him and goes out of her way to make him feel welcome at school. Shane isn’t used to the attention and he doesn’t know if Sage is genuine or messing with him. Once Shane realizes that Sage is genuine, they fall for each other in the most wonderful way possible!
This romance is one of my favorite romances to date! No instalove and no love triangles! It’s a miracle! Shane makes Sage truly happy and Sage will always look out for Shane. Shane sticks with Sage even when her ugly past is dug back up.
I didn’t realize how much I would love this book when I first discovered it. I read this book purely by chance and I’m so, so happy I did. This book is one of my favorites of the year and I will always recommend this book. I will forever read anything that Aguirre writes. Do yourself a favor and read this book NOW.
5 out of 5 stars
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