Title: Miss Meteor
Author: Tehlor Kay Mejia, Anna-Marie McLemore
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Coming of Age, Romance, Latinx cast, POC reads
Content Warnings: Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia, Bullying
Publication date: Septermber 22, 2020
Publisher: Harper Teen
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.
Hi book nerds! Today is my tour stop for the #MissMeteorOnTour book tour hosted by Karina @ Afire Pages! I almost didn’t join this blog tour, but seeing the synopsis, the cover, and knowing the fact that it had pansexual rep (and more), I knew I just had to try and join!
Miss Meteor is such a surprise! It combined fantasy and contemporary, friendship and romance, so as a result, it’s chaotic, magical, and absolutely beautiful.
My thoughts on Miss Meteor
Reading Miss Meteor is such a delight. There were two perspectives, one from Chicky and one from Lita, and I love how these two perspectives melded together and created perfect harmony. I thought Chicky and Lita’s characters complemented each other so well, that’s why I had so much fun reading every chapter.
The prose in this book was also something else. It’s fun, but it’s also poetic and elegant, and atmospheric, especially in some significant scenes in the book. I couldn’t help but just enjoy reading and appreciating the prose!
There were also some fantasy/science fiction elements I did not expect at first! It’s not a bad thing though. I loved it and I thought it made the story much more unique and mesmerizing. It also gave me a sense of urgency since suddenly, it’s not just about the Miss Meteor beauty pageant and more.
The plot was easy, simple, yet also chaotic. Chaotic in a way that I could never predict what dramatic or shocking thing will happen next. Sometimes I felt like there were some exaggerated scenes, but I have to admit, they did add to the humor of the story, just enough to balance out the somber parts.
The story also tackled several real-life issues and I applaud the authors for doing such a great job at it. Racism, xenophobia, bullying, all of these were constant topics in the book and we see how they can change a person. I also loved that we get to see great pansexual rep and trans rep in Miss Meteor! I remember reading a passage in the book, where Chicky is talking about being pansexual and I couldn’t help but tear up and relate to her.
Best of all, I loved the whole message Miss Meteor was trying to deliver to the readers. That we should all try to see our value and self worth, and learn how to lean onto other people as well because we need them just as much as they need us. For me, it was moving.
Overall, Miss Meteor is such a fun and beautiful book that will entrance you from start to finish. I think I need more of it!
Miss Meteor Playlist
I loved creating this playlist. Miss Meteor is such a fun book, but also still quite emotional and poignant, so I really tried to showcase these vibes through these songs. I hope you enjoy!
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.
Enter below to win a copy of Miss Meteor! This giveaway is open internationally and sponsored by HarperCollins International. And will end on October 30, 2020.
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