The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

The Queen of Bright and Shiny ThingsThe Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

Publication Date: April 7, 2015 by Feiwel and Friends

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My thoughts:

I like Sage. She reminds me of myself sometimes. Shane reminds me of some people I know, too. It was easy to relate with the characters.

The depth started to kick in during the second quarter, and I like Sage and Shane so much because of the swoon overload! Sage’s story became the greatest mystery of the book, and it made me want to read more.

When the book ended, my questions were answered and…wow. So much character development took place. I love this story.

Title and cover love!

I love, love, love the title and the cover. They fit so perfectly and they represented the story so well!

So much depth and so much emotion…

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things, despite having such a cheerful title, presented something very deep and very emotional. Sage earned her title because of a haunting experience that changed her life forever.

Shane is also dealing with tough issues and I admire him for staying strong for himself and for Sage.

Their love for one another held themselves up and I love how they did their best to fix each other’s problems and go on with life.


The book featured Post-its, and written on them were words of encouragement. This idea is very cool and I’d love to do it someday.

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things is an inspiring story of two teens who shared an umbrella while walking through separate storms. It tells us that life-changing moments in life should bring lessons that strengthen us even if they have to break us first. Well done, Ms. Ann. 🙂


Initial Rating: 4.5/5

Bonuses: 0.75

Demerits: None


Final Rating: 5.25/5

Shiny doesn’t always mean pretty.

Because something so beautiful could have gone through something so ugly.

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