Title: We Were Promised Spotlights
Author: Lindsay Sproul
Genre: YA Contemporary
Word/Page Count: 288 (kindle edition)
Publication Date: March 24th, 2020
Blurb from Goodreads:
The Miseducation of Cameron Post meets Everything Leads to You in this queer young adult novel.
Taylor Garland’s good looks have earned her the admiration of everyone in her small town. She’s homecoming queen, the life of every party, and she’s on every boy’s most-wanted list.
People think Taylor is living the dream, and assume she’ll stay in town and have kids with the homecoming king–maybe even be a dental hygienist if she’s super ambitious. But Taylor is actually desperate to leave home, and she hates the smell of dentists’ offices. Also? She’s completely in love with her best friend, Susan.
Senior year is almost over, and everything seems perfect. Now Taylor just has to figure out how to throw it all away.
Lindsay Sproul’s debut is full of compelling introspection and painfully honest commentary on what it’s like to be harnessed to a destiny you never wanted.
We Were Spotlights is an acquired taste and whether it works for you depends on what you look to get out of a reading experience. This book made me feel uncomfortable, and while that may not sound like a ringing endorsement, it’s actually a testament to the author’s skill at depicting the lows of teenage life in excruciating detail. So if you like to live vicariously through the protagonist of the book you’re reading, this won’t be the most enjoyable experience. But if you’re open to reading a subversive take on the Popular Mean Girl who is positioned as the anti-heroine of this book, it may be a more rewarding experience for you.