¡Hola, mi gente!
I hope y’all are staying hydrated and safe! I’m so happy that Latinx Heritage Month started. I mean, if Miss Meteor is a forecast of what I’ll be reading this month, I’m in for one of my best reading month this year.
I absolutely adored this book -this review is more of a gush than anything else. I’m also really excited for everyone to see my version of Lita (scroll aaaall the way down to see it). I had so much fun drawing her. I truly I’m getting addicted to Procreate.
Y ya, sin más preámbulo, my Miss Meteor review!
Genres: Young Adult, Magical Realism, Romance
Content Warnings: bullying, xenophobia, homophobic comments, transphobic comments (all challenged in the story)
“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 Meteoris acclaimed authors Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia’s first book together.”
The story takes place in Meteor, New Mexico, a town that received it’s name thanks to a meteorite that crashed in the desert. In this town, there are two events that give the people a needed boost in tourism: the cornhole tournament and the Miss Meteor pageant. This year, for the 50th Miss Meteor pageant and with the need to keep the cornhole tournament cup in the town, everyone is looking forward, for one thing or another, to the next drew weeks.
I may be made out of the same dust and glow as the lights in the sky, but if you read any of the astronomy books in the library—even our little library—you’ll realize, isn’t everyone?
We follow Lita, a girl made of stardust, and Chicky, her ex-best friend and school’s outcast, as they decide to join the Miss Meteor pageant. Each of them have their reasons: Lita wants to do something she’s always wanted to do before the sky takes her back. Chicky wants to get back at the people who have hurt her, her family and friends.
In a town this small, for girls like us, survival is based mostly on how well you can camouflage, not on dredging up the bloodred and sunshine yellow of your secrets and splattering them across your chest.
I don’t even know how to say how much I loved this book. It touched very important topics while giving us a sweet story about friendship, family, love, and self-confidence.
THINGS I LIKED
- Is it ok if I just say EVERYTHING? No?
- There are such great reps in this book I almost cried. The trans rep was casual and respectful and I might want to give Cole the biggest hug ever [I will protect him from anyone that DARES try to hurt him, I swear]. The pansexual rep DID make me cry at some point.
- I can’t believe I’m saying this, but there are not one but TWO friends to lovers relationships in this book and I loved both. For those of you that don’t know my reading taste, I usually dislike anything with friends to lovers (idk why, it just happens). Leave it to Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Key Mejia to make me rethink my ways. I’ve been changed.
- I loved both protagonists SO MUCH and I would fight for them. Lita is struggling with her image, her sense of self and where she belongs. I loved going with her through her journey and seeing her blossom into someone stronger, more confident and happy. On the other hand, Chicky is struggling with her sexuality, her place in her family and the town, and being herself. She’s been hurt for a long time and is afraid of showing any part of herself to anyone. Seeing her heal and grow as the story went was beautiful and it made shed a tear or two (ok, a river, but!). I was so happy for both of them at the end of the book. I wanted a little more of them, to see them find more of their happiness, but I’m happy with what we got and, as stated before, I WILL FITE ANYONE FOR THEM.
- THE WRITING. Sometimes I’m a little wary about books written by two authors because, more often than not, the writing falls into one of two categories: books where you can point out the parts and scenes that each author wrote or books where the writing feels clunky and weird. Alas, I’ve been changed again by McLemore and Mejia. I was glued to the book from beginning to ending. The writing style of both authors are beautifully woven together and made the story even better.
- THE FOOD. Mira mi gente, necesito mencionar esto. I had to stop reading at some points to get snacks because this book made me so. damn. hungry. It’s part of the celebration of both identity and community: any Latinx person has felt the importance of food in our culture. And yes, my list of dishes-I-need-to-try-without-burning-the-house-down has grown by at least 10 items.
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE
- I have nothing, other than I wanted the book to be longer, but that’s really a hidden pro that speaks about how much I liked the story and didn’t want it to end.
Overall, Miss Meteor is a beautifully written story about learning to accept yourself and showing the world who you are, who you love, and what you believe. I need EVERYONE to read this. The story is amazing, the writing is amazing, the characters are amazing… everything is amazing! It’s the first book that has made me feel like this in a while and I’m so glad I got to read it.
5/5 SHINING STARS
I promised that if I got an iPad and an Apple Pencil I would make fanart for as many Latinx book I read as possible and I’m not going back on my promise. My skills are still a little rusty because it’s been a LONG time since I sat down to actually draw, but I’m really happy with how Lita turned out. She deserves the world and for all Meteor to see that she shines, not because of the start dust that makes her, but because of who she is. I hope you like her as much as I did.