Thursday, November 21, 2013

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Publication: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

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.

Always moving from one place to the next, Callie never grew up in a stable home environment. Her mother was always afraid of getting caught and Callie being taken away from her. Those fears come to reality when Callie’s mom is stopped by the police and Callie is sent to live with a father she doesn’t even know.
The author made is easy to understand the choices that Callie made. Even though I did not agree with most of them and was frustrated by her behavior, I got why she did what she did. She struggles with making the right decisions.
With her new life, Callie is able to discover a loving and very close family she didn’t know existed before. Because of the way she grew up, Callie doesn’t trust people easily, she never has a group of friends or family she could lean on for support and love.

This was a mature but realistic read that held my constant attention. I got to know and follow Callie on her journey as she came of age. I was expecting to like it before I read it, and as it turns out, I did like it very much. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys realistic contemporary YA fiction.


** I received this book of behalf of the publisher, in exchange for nothing except my honest opinion. Thank you. **


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1 comment:

  1. I haven't had the chance to pick-up Where the Stars Still Shine yet, but have heard great things about it. Callie's character and her coming of age story sound like a great YA contemp. Glad you enjoyed the story. :)