The Miss Meteor beauty pageant is one of the biggest events in Meteor, New Mexico. Lita Perez or Chicky Quintanilla girls don’t fit the town’s standards and no one who looks like they do has ever won this annual event. Free-spirited Lita, daughter of the town witch Bruja Lupe, crash-landed on the meteor that gave the town its name. As she is beginning to turn into stardust, the idea of running for the pageant pops into her head. Chicky, a social outcast and “tomboy” is sick of people like Kendra Kendall bullying her. Despite their "ex-BFF" status, Chicky wants to help Lita win
The once childhood friends work together for a common goal: keep popular mean-girl, Kendall, from winning. With the help of Chicky’s runner-up older sisters, Kendra’s caring brother Cole, and talented artist Junior (who has a crush on Chicky), the team works to defeat the thin, white blondes who always take the crown. They can take down Kendra, but will Meteor’s standards of what a teen girl should look and act like hold Lita back from winning?
BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
Miss Meteor is about love, self-acceptance, and ultimately, finding your place in the world. It also includes a lot of humor and fun along the way! This story includes so much diversity and addresses topical themes of sexuality, racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, and others. The characters are each so different, with individual strengths that complement each other nicely. They offer strength to one another in beautiful and powerful ways, with almost all of them growing in a positive way by the end of the story.
Telling the story from both the perspective of Lita and Chicky boosts the theme of individuality. Their challenges help them learn from their mistakes. I also enjoyed the added tension for winning the pageant by including “Selena’s,” Chicky’s family’s struggling restaurant.
The pace of the book is somewhat slow, but the writing is captivating. I recommend this book for those aged fourteen and up, as it contains mature topics and some profanity.
Captivating writing and a diverse cast with characters who complement each other (and grow through the story) combine in a contemporary YA novel that teens will love.
There are mature topics, including homophobia, racism and prejudice, and sexual references. Characters use profanity.
This is a contemporary, realistic fantasy that is part coming of age and part message to society.
As our reviewer noted, the characters are well developed and individual. She also talks about their growth. What changes did your reader see?
This is a fantasy story, but there is a lot of realism. There is a lot of discussions to be drawn from the story: stereotypes, profiling, fear, etc. Ask your reader if they have seen these kinds of behaviors among their peers. How does it make them feel?
14 and Up
13 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 15
Buy. This is a book you'll come back to just to hang out with your friends.
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