Book Review: Where the Stars still Shine by Trish Doller

15826648Title:  Where the Stars still Shine by Trish Doller
Genre:  Young Adult Fiction – Contemporary
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Length: 352 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Rating – 4/5

Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love–even with someone who seems an improbable choice–is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

Where the Stars Still Shine is a young adult contemporary novel about a young girl named Callie. When Callie’s parent’s divorced, her unstable mother kidnapped her and they have been living on the run for twelve years. Some really crappy things happen to Callie during these years: she is molested by one of her mother’s boyfriends, she isn’t allowed to go to school and she never lives in the same place long enough to make friends. Life is pretty much a mess until her mother has a run in with the law and she is forced to live in Florida with her dad and his family. It’s about her adapting to life with her “new” family, finding peace and acceptance within herself, finding love, and forgiving her mother.

Truthfully this book has been on my TBR for about a year and a half now and I’m glad that I finally got around to reading it this year. I thought it was a really good read. It deals with some tough subjects so it was really difficult for me to read at times because my heart just ached for Callie and all she had to go through in her life but it was really, really good. It was a very real and touching story and I really liked that. I thought the writing was wonderful and overall, I just really enjoyed reading this book. I had a slight problem with the ending…I wish there was a more concrete ending with Callie and Alex, I feel as though that part of the story was just left up in the air and I didn’t feel very satisfied that it was a conclusion but maybe the possibility of “anything” for the future was deliberate. If I’m looking at it from that perspective I understand it, plus I like that she finds peace within herself and her family and not in a guy. That was really great.

What drew me in at first was the beautiful cover and the beautiful title of the book. I highly recommend this book to readers of YA contemporary! Like I said it can be hard to read through because of the sensitive topics but it is so so good! I will be looking at reading other books by this author! Four stars!

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