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Miss Meteor



by
Tehlor Kay Mejia ,Anna-Marie McLemore

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
HarperTeen
ISBN
9780062869913
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Gender Identity , Discrimination: Sexuality , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Language: Homophobic Slur , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment
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JLG Category

Young Adults

TWO EX-BEST FRIENDS. TWO ENORMOUS SECRETS. ONE BEAUTY PAGEANT.

Everyone knows that Meteor, New Mexico, got its name from the space rock that crashed into the desert nearby. No one knows that Lita Perez came with it—or that she’s starting to turn back into stardust. She’ll never get a chance to graduate high school or kids the boy of her dreams — not unless she can find a way to make Meteor hold onto her and never let go. Not unless she achieve her wildest childhood dream and win the annual Miss Meteor beauty pageant. But if she’s going to have a chance, she’ll need her ex-best friend Chicky Quintanilla.

Chicky knows Lita has no chance of becoming Miss Meteor. Every year, the pageant queen is skinny, poised, and white—three things that Lita definitely is not. But Chicky also knows that if Lita wins, it will show this whole backward town that there’s more to beauty than being blonde and popular. If Lita can find a way to overcome the odds, then maybe Chicky can find a way to come out of the closet. Maybe she can finally stand up to the people who look down on her for not fitting in and stop pushing away the people who make her feel seen. 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.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Gender Identity , Discrimination: Sexuality , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Language: Homophobic Slur , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

400

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jan 2021

Book Genres

Magical Realism

Topics

Friendship. Beauty pageants. Small towns. New Mexico. Meteors. Stars. Supernatural. Secrets. LGBTQ. Self-esteem and self-reliance.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Fifty years ago, a meteor crashed in New Mexico. The town of Meteor was subsequently founded nearby, and today it attracts tourists to its annual Miss Meteor beauty pageant and cornhole tournament. Lita, one of the two protagonists in this dual narrative, is made of stardust formed by the meteor into a human body. Her brown skin gives way to patches of stardust, and she is convinced that the only thing that will keep her from reverting to star form is to win Miss Meteor, a title that has only ever been won by white girls. Chicky Quintanilla, Lita’s ex–best friend, agrees to help Lita compete for Miss Meteor, along with her fruit-named sisters who feel straight out of a fairy tale: Cereza, Uva, and Fresa. Chicky’s family runs a restaurant named Selena’s in honor of the singer Selena Quintanilla, even though they aren’t related. Through spending time together, Lita and Chicky come to terms with past traumas and learn to confront their bullies. Characters are predominantly Latinx; one major character is a trans boy and another is pansexual. LGBT readers will revel in a coming out scene, which is loud and proud as hell. VERDICT With funny details like its contentious name—Meteor is also known by a second official name, Meteorite—and its local museum dedicated to the fallen star, the town itself becomes a character in this charming magical realist story. Recommended for all libraries serving teens.–Shira Pilarski, Farmington Community Lib., MI

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Fifty years ago, a meteor crashed in New Mexico. The town of Meteor was subsequently founded nearby, and today it attracts tourists to its annual Miss Meteor beauty pageant and cornhole tournament. Lita, one of the two protagonists in this dual narrative, is made of stardust formed by the meteor into a human body. Her brown skin gives way to patches of stardust, and she is convinced that the only thing that will keep her from reverting to star form is to win Miss Meteor, a title that has only ever been won by white girls. Chicky Quintanilla, Lita’s ex–best friend, agrees to help Lita compete for Miss Meteor, along with her fruit-named sisters who feel straight out of a fairy tale: Cereza, Uva, and Fresa. Chicky’s family runs a restaurant named Selena’s in honor of the singer Selena Quintanilla, even though they aren’t related. Through spending time together, Lita and Chicky come to terms with past traumas and learn to confront their bullies. Characters are predominantly Latinx; one major character is a trans boy and another is pansexual. LGBT readers will revel in a coming out scene, which is loud and proud as hell. VERDICT With funny details like its contentious name—Meteor is also known by a second official name, Meteorite—and its local museum dedicated to the fallen star, the town itself becomes a character in this charming magical realist story. Recommended for all libraries serving teens.–Shira Pilarski, Farmington Community Lib., MI

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