The 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!]
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.
…but high school is full of people who think what they wear is more important that who they are.
To me, high school is a big competition. The one with the best mask wins.
You can lie to yourself about all kinds of things. Until you can’t, anymore. Until reality pounds a hole through your fantasy castle and the reality check must be cashed.
I know about the transformative power of fiction. Back in my old life, there were plenty of days when I wouldn’t have made it if I didn’t have an exit into the pages of somebody else’s life.
I find it really cool that Sage believes in the power of words within the pages of the books we love.
But without people agitating for change, there’s only the awfulness of the status quo.
Remember the story of Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody? 🙂
I haven’t known him for very long, all things considered, but I’m falling in love, song by song.
Beautiful quote, for Shane. ❤
I’m the queen of bright and shiny things, eternally looking for the positive and seeking a silver lining in the dark.
This one. It’s powerful.
Sometimes you strike me as fearless, the way you do whatever the hell you want, and it doesn’t seem to bother you what anyone thinks.
Sage is a strong, independent woman.
But the heart isn’t logical. You can’t force it to make sense all the time. Sometimes only the dumbest thing in the world can give you any peace.
My thoughts exactly.
Love is a strange and wondrous thing.
And it’s chaotic and blissful and everything.
Forgiveness is freedom.
I especially loved this quote because whether it’s for other people or yourself, forgiveness will lift the weight off your shoulders. Forgive, even when they don’t deserve it. It will make you fly. The burden is not yours to carry.
I read this book last year and I thought it might be a good time to bring it back to my feed by posting the (long overdue) quote roundup. I hope these quotes invite you to the bookstore and seek for this book. ❤