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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.
Content/Trigger warning: Xenophobia, Transphobic and Homophobic comments
This story was such a delightful read! When I first heard of its’ synopsis I knew I had to get into this pageant shenanigans filled story. Did it have enough shenanigans? Not, really. But it did have a lot of good friendships and character development. Lita and Chicky are characters you grow to root for and appreciate. However, the superstars in certain parts of the story end up being the supporting characters and fiends of Lita and Chicky. This was the first novel I have read form each author and now I want to continue to read more.
There were a couple of things I enjoyed about this book, but the friendships were the driving point for me. Both Lita and Chicky are not in good terms at the beginning but throughout it all, rebuild a friendship all while genuinely caring if the other is doing okay. The friendship felt like any real friendship many of us in the real world have. We all have our disagreements and fights, but we always care about each other through the madness and hurt feelings. Lita is such a superstar in this story. At times, she feels just as divine as the name of her town Meteor, New Mexico. Although she is seen as someone who doesn’t fit with the town crowd, she still has love and pride for it. She also has her eyes set on becoming Miss Meteor. Chicky, the youngest of 4 girls and a person so used to being behind the scenes is also Lita’s ex-friend. After being bullied for liking a girl, Chicky tries to live her best life without letting others wear her down. The two main characters together compliment each other so well and seeing their development in themselves and being their truest selves was empowering.
Now, the main characters were cool, but we can’t forget about the supporting characters. Cole and Junior were so supportive. Chicky’s sisters are the perfect cheerleaders. Cole’s sister can just exit out of the story for being homophobic even though she is Cole’s sisters, who is a trans male. Did I mention Cole is such a caring sweetheart. What a pure soul.
The writing felt so cohesive that at times I was unable to realize there were two separate people who created this story. Although the writing was *chef’s kiss* good, the pacing felt a bit off to me. The beginning started great and the end was star quality. However, the middle did feel a bit leisurely for my taste. Overall, if you like a book with really good friendships, characters challenging a traditional pageant platform and just really awesome characters in general, pick up this book today!
About the Authors
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.
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