Review: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

Description:  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 wasn’t aware Ann Aguirre wrote YA titles. I just happened to see this in the new release YA section at the library and the description caught my interest.  As I read it, I assumed it would be another coming of age story where the heroine realizes her best friend, a guy, is in love with her but she is already falling for someone else type of story. Which it is, but really it isn’t.  Sage and Shane both have difficult backstories that come to light, but a little late in my opinion.  Shane’s was explained well and time well for story progression. I think Aguirre could have  given us Sage’s story sooner without stringing us along and maybe added a little depth to the storyline. 

All-in-all, it was an okay book. Sage was a little insipid. I still felt this even after her story was revealed and I was supposed to care. We get our HEA, but there just wasn’t enough depth for me. 
My rating:  3.5/5 stars 

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