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
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.
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