My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.
I know that I’ve been absent the last few days and for that I apologise. I needed a break and work has been really getting me down at the moment. I need to concentrate on that and my mental health at the moment rather than my blog, however I was organised enough to get this book read in plenty of time.
Miss Meteor by Tahlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore
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Date Published: 22nd September 2020
Format: eBook ARC
Genre: Magical Realism, Fantasy Realism, LGBTQ+, Young Adult
There hasn’t been a winner of the Miss Meteor beauty pageant who looks like Lita Perez or Chicky Quintanilla in all its history. But that’s not the only reason Lita wants to enter the contest, or why her ex-best friend Chicky wants to help her. The road to becoming Miss Meteor isn’t about being perfect; it’s about sharing who you are with the world—and loving the parts of yourself no one else understands. So to pull off the unlikeliest underdog story in pageant history, Lita and Chicky are going to have to forget the past and imagine a future where girls like them are more than enough—they are everything.
Witty and heartfelt with characters that leap off the page, Miss Meteor is acclaimed authors Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia’s first book together.
I want to begin this review by thanking HarperTeen, our wonderful authors and Karina from Afire Pages for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and I’m not sure I can put into words just how much I loved this book.
But here is my attempt.
There are many themes to this book, body positivity, acceptance, self confidence and find yourself. I loved all them and they weave together to create a heartfelt, moving story that left me on the edge of tears at moments.
I can’t decide who I adore more. Chicky, the girl who is determined to be different than everyone expects, Lita, the small girl who just wants one moment in the spotlight, Junior, the misunderstood artist, or Cole, the jock who doesn’t want to be part of that crowd and stands up for everyone.
All our characters have their problems, their goals to achieve, their mountains to climb, but they can’t do it alone, which introduces our final theme, teamwork. None of the book would happen without a team, a group of friends willing to pick you up when you’re hurt, help you through the silliest, strangest of tasks and celebrate with you when you get there.
I’ve read many books before which are wrote from multiple points of view, but I have never read a book where I just know who’s point of view it is from like this one. Chicky and Lita’s narrative voices are so unique and distinctive that even if I picked up the book mid-chapter I would know who was narrating.
I love their journey, but my favourite part of the book may just be ending and all the revelations that occur. I shall leave them as a surprise for you, but I hope that you are surprised by them.
In fact I hope that you read this book. It was spectacular and worth all the time that I took to read it. I really hope that you read it and, if you do, come back here and let me know what you think. I really want your opinions.
About the Authors
Tehlor Kay Mejia
Tehlor Kay Mejia is a YA author and poet at home in the wild woods and alpine meadows of Southern Oregon. When she’s not writing, you can find her plucking at her guitar, stealing rosemary sprigs from overgrown gardens, or trying to make the perfect vegan tamale. She is active in the Latinx lit community, and passionate about representation for marginalized teens in media. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @tehlorkay.
Her short fiction appears in the ALL OUT and TOIL & TROUBLE anthologies from Harlequin Teen. Her debut YA fantasy, WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE, is out 2/26/2019 from Katherine Tegen/Harper Collins, with a sequel to follow. Her debut middle grade, PAOLA SANTIAGO AND THE DROWNED PALACE, releases from Disney-Hyperion/Rick Riordan Presents in 2020, with a sequel to follow in 2021. METEOR, co-written with Anna-Marie McLemore, is out summer 2020 from HarperTeen.
Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by their family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. They are the author of THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, a finalist for the 2016 William C. Morris Debut Award; 2017 Stonewall Honor Book WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature; WILD BEAUTY, a Kirkus Best Book of 2017; and BLANCA & ROJA, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. DARK AND DEEPEST RED, a reimagining of The Red Shoes based on true medieval events, is forthcoming in January 2020.
And finally the bit that you have all been waiting for…
Click the link below to win a copy of Miss Meteor!
The giveaway is open internationally and is sponsored by HarperCollins International. It ends on the 30th October 2020.