What a brilliant novel. Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore is a magical novel about finding one’s identity and living it without fear.
Compelling Magical Realism
The most magical part of Miss Meteor is how the authors slipped the magic into this underdog story. Lita is a girl made of stardust, and her body is starting to return to the sky. Her only hope is to enter the pageant in hopes of staying with her friends and loved ones.
Lita’s story is lovely to follow and it catches the reader off guard in the most beautiful way. The fact that stardust makes up Lita is a great way to reimagine our deeper selves coming to the surface.
No one should let fear keep them from shining and sharing their true selves, and Lita proves that. Not only to the reader but her fellow characters as well. Lita has such extraordinary courage in the face of adversity and brings to life a powerful story about staying true to oneself.
Compelling & Diverse Characters
What is also incredible about Miss Meteor is not just the magical realism and splash of fantasy that follows Lita around but the characters as well.
As mentioned above, Lita brings out the courage of her fellow characters, allowing them all to shine, and shine they do. These characters are non-binary, transgender, and pansexual and to see them all laid out in the novel is incredible. Miss Meteor highlights Latin American culture as well, diving deep into diversity. Lita and Chicky are the central characters, both coming from Latin American backgrounds, and to see Latinx culture be central to the novel is incredible for Latin American’s everywhere.
However, because these characters are Latinx, the authors use their platform not only to give representation to the queer community but also to deal with xenophobia.
There are various moments when Lita is called an alien, and while she looks at it differently, others see the hate those words spit out. Considering the events going on right now, addressing, and shaming xenophobia is essential. People forget this country was formed by immigrants and fearing people from another culture or country is never right.
Miss Meteor is a compelling read, as well as an important one. It gives the queer community courage to shine; it deals with xenophobia is a fantastic way and captures the reader with a fun, courageous characters and a splash of fantasy.
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|Pub Date: September 22, 2020||Page Count: 400pp||Age Range: 14 & Over|
|ISBN: 978-0-0628-6991-3||Publisher: HarperTeen||List Price: $17.99|