Welcome to my stop on the This is Me Blog Tour! Today I will be sharing a moodboard for this book, which I loved (so I will also probably tell you my quick thoughts about it too)! 
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on August 13, 2019
Pages: 384
Source:Copy provided by publisher for review

By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, "Dear Miss Sweetie." When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society's ills, but she's not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender.

While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta's most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light.

This is such a lovely book! I have loved every Stacey Lee book I have read, and this one is certainly no different. It combines all the best things: family, friendship, fighting for the rights that all people deserve, and yeah, an immensely lovable protagonist, and even a little romance. Sometimes Jo’s story will break your heart, and it should. Indeed, her story is all too relevant in our current sociopolitical climate, which is frankly disheartening. But seeing young women like Jo (and loads of others in the book who you’ll love too) gives hope that we so desperately need. Ultimately, it will provide you hope, warm your heart, and motivate you to keep on fighting the good fight. An absolute win.

About Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon, the winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. She is a fourth-generation Chinese American and a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. Born in Southern California, she graduated from UCLA and then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. She lives with her family outside San Francisco. You can visit Stacey at staceyhlee.com. Or follow her on Twitter @staceyleeauthor.

This was such a fun one to come up with- the author really did her homework into 1890s Atlanta, and I tried my best to do it justice- her words will absolutely transport you! 

Week One: The Virtue of Sin

June 24 – Cozybooknook – Review + Creative Instagram Picture

June 25 – The Book Shire – Playlist

June 26 – JeanBookNerd – Author Guest Post: What fiction most influenced your childhood, and what effect did those stories have on THE VIRTUE OF SIN? 

June 27 – The Quirky Booknerd – Listicle: The Top 10 Virtues of The Virtues of Sin

June 28 – YA Books Central – Author Guest Post: Ten Random Facts about The Virtue of Sins (or yourself)

Week Two: The Downstairs Girl

July 1 – Nerdy By Nature – Review

July 2 – YA Wednesdays – Creative Instagram Picture

July 3 – Awkwordly Emma – Author Guest Post: Her Research Process

July 4 – It Starts at Midnight – Moodboard

July 5 – The Reading Corner for All – Book Aesthetic

Do you love a historical story with an amazing heroine as much as I do? Would you like to travel back to 1890s Atlanta if you had the chance?

Posted July 4, 2019 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Tour, Quasi-Review, Review / 9 Comments

9 responses to “The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee: This Is Me Blog Tour

  1. Lovely moodboard! I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but Stacey Lee is a name that always pops up as one to read. I really need to pick one of her books already.

  2. I love the moodboard you made for this book! From the synopsis and your review, I feel like it matches the tone of the book so well!

    I’ve only read The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee, but since I enjoyed that book, I’d love to pick up something else by her! Maybe I’ll start with this one!

  3. Ok I very much never want to go back in time ?There’s no wifi there, Shannon. What do people do without TWITTER. (Ok they probably do a lot but shh.) Anyway I really love all of Stacey Lee’s books and can’t wait for her next one!!! Outrun the Moon is my fave of hers so far. ?

  4. Ahh what a beautiful mood board, I love it SO much! I have recently added ALL of Stacey Lee’s books on my TBR, because they all sound so great, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed all of them. Your thoughts on this one makes me so, so eager to get my hands on it ahhh!!! 😀

  5. Beth W

    Ohhh this one looks good! I’m a sucker for historical fiction, although I don’t think I’ve ever read one set in Atlanta in the 1890s. I am intrigued!

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