Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Talk & Giveaway: THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT & SHINY THINGS by Ann Aguirre

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

Sage is better known as Princess Post-It in her school. She makes it a goal to look for someone everyday who is having a hard time - whether they're being bullied, going through a breakup, or just look down in the mouth - Sage can always come up with something nice to say to them by putting a Post-It on their locker. Between that and heading up Green World, the sparsely attended environmental group in the school, Sage has the "good girl" image all locked up.

But that's exactly what it is - an image. No one except the aunt she lives with knows about Shadow Sage, the person Sage was before she moved in junior high. That girl has been through foster homes, court-mandated treatment, and any number of medications in order to find a way to deal with her past. She's done a good job of forgetting all about Shadow Sage firmly, until Princess Post-It falls in love.

Shane has his own secrets, ones that demand he keep a low profile and stay under the radar. But Sage draws him out, certain that nothing he hides can be worse than her own past. But with Shane as a target for some of the jocks, Shadow Sage is having a hard time keeping her anger under control. Erupting could protect Shane, but it could also destroy the image of the girl he fell in love with - the one he thinks he knows.

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