ARC Book Review: Miss Meteor
Okay, everyone's attention needs to be on this book because this was such a fabulous story! I laughed, I cried, I didn't want it to end! I have read books by Tehlor Kay Mejia, but this is my first book by Anna-Marie McLemore. Their writing flowed beautifully, and together they created such a meaningful, important, and out of this world story!
Miss Meteor is set in Meteor (Meteorite), New Mexico, named after a meteorite that crashed in the nearby desert, and the story is told in two POVs: Lita and Chicky, ex-best friends. Lita is a girl made a stardust, having come down on the meteorite, and now the sky is gradually taking her back. Chicky feels and is treated as an outcast, not only because of her heritage and the color of her skin, but also because of the ridicule and bullying she receives for her sexual identity. When the Miss Meteor Pageant is ready to kick off, Lita and Chicky reunite under different goals that will, hopefully, lead them to a similar outcome: Giving Lita a chance at a dream of being Miss Meteor and Chicky a chance to get back at the people who have hurt her, her friends, and her family.
I don't even know where to begin with how much I loved this book. The story touches on so many important and relevant topics of racism that we are seeing in our current world, as well as it being a story of friendship, coming to love and accept yourself, and finding your voice in a world that wants to silence you. The writing between the two authors wove in a perfect braid that continued to fold in and over each other without a single thread coming loose. I loved their writing style, and there were so many points I laughed and cried because I became so immersed in the story. I know for me, it's pretty hard for a book to get me to laugh or cry, and this book did both!
I adored the main cast of characters. Lita is such an adorable sweetheart, and I want to give the biggest hug to Chicky. Chicky's sisters are hilarious, and I love their sibling dynamic when the group was together. There's a good LGBTQ cast, as well, and Cole (transgender man) is another adorable sweetheart who has a heart of gold.
This book does cover themes of racism and homophobia. Some parts were difficult to read, but they are so worth reading in order to understand what it's like to experience those brutal and disgusting behaviors. As a white person, I will never experience what Lita and Chicky, and so many other, go through because of their heritage and skin color, and this story is a good eye opener to see the affects racism have upon people, mentally, physically, and emotionally. As an LGBTQ person, I greatly appreciated the handling of fighting back against homophobia and being a voice a change.
Miss Meteor is a book everyone needs on their bookshelves, not only because of the important themes it covers, but also because it's such a beautiful, fun, and unique story that crash landed right into my heart.
I received an early copy from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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