Tue, September 24, 2013

Trish Doller Where the Stars Still Shine Review

Where the Stars Still Shine book cover

Where the Stars Still Shine book cover

Where the Stars Still Shine
By Trish Doller
Publication date: Sept. 24, 2013
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 309 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— Goodreads.com description

I totally enjoyed this book.

In Something Like Normal and now Where the Stars Still Shine I’ve been so impressed with how well Trish Doller taps into both her characters’ and her readers’ emotions. I feel SO MUCH when I read her books.

I love that the book description uses the word “gritty” here. Is that not the perfect word for Trish’s books? They are very gravely to me – do you know what I mean by that? Her writing is a touch abrasive but also rich in tone. And her characters seem so “salt of the earth” — real people put into difficult situations.

Oh, how I rooted for poor Callie! Oh, how I equal parts loathed and pitied her mom. I loved her cousin/best friend, I felt for her dad, and I was pleasantly surprised by Alex. I was so impressed that every single person in this cast of characters felt unique and bright.

Loved the romance (okay, well, I hated it at first…but I LOVE that it grew on me). Adored the family story. Cheered for Callie’s personal growth. Yep, no reservations here. Check it out!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    You touched on everything I love about this novel — it’s so well rounded and YES Trish writes with that grittiness I love so much!


    Posted on: Tue, September 24, 2013

  2. Brianna said:

    I’ve got this on my Kindle and I’m looking forward to reading it. I’m glad it’s getting good reviews.


    Posted on: Tue, September 24, 2013

  3. Tanya Atkinson said:

    I have this one on my TBR not even realizing it was the same author who wrote Something Like Normal. I so enjoyed that one – she wrote such wonderful characters in Travis and Harper. Makes me even more excited for this one!


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  4. Shelly said:

    I’ve heard only amazing things about this book so I’m glad to see what’s said about it is true. I’m definitely going to add this to my TBR pile. I’m glad to see you enjoyed Where The Stars Still Shine and great review! 🙂


    Posted on: Tue, September 24, 2013

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