Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Posted September 19, 2013 by Sara | Novel Novice 1 Comment

Sometimes a book grabs you from the very first page and refuses to let go until you’ve finished the last sentence — and even then will linger in your mind for days after. The book takes hold and won’t let go until you’ve raced through every word, treasuring each moment while refusing to slow down.

where the stars still shineThat’s what happened when I picked up Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller.

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.

This book got its hooks into me immediately, and were it not for life necessities like sleep, work, and food, I probably would have raced through Where the Stars Still Shine in a single sitting. (As it was, it only took me two days.)

Doller paints a heartbreaking story of one girl torn between the normal life she’s always wanted, and the life she’s always known. Between two parents who show their love in very different ways. Between setting down roots and running; always running.

Where the Stars Still Shine is the gripping tale of one girl’s maddening struggle to figure out her place in the world in the midst of a life disrupted twice over. Beautifully written, carefully plotted and mapped out — Where the Stars Still Shine is a story that will resonate with readers long after they’ve finished reading.

Perhaps my only complaint about the book is that there wasn’t more to read. The ending did feel a bit rushed, though I admit I was reading an advanced, unedited copy — so that may have been addressed in the final edits. Regardless, I loved following along to each plot twist in Callie’s story and seeing where she landed. Where the Stars Still Shine is the kind of book that is perfect as a standalone, but one I wouldn’t mind returning to in a few years’ time to check in on the characters and see “where are they now.”

Where the Stars Still Shine is in stores September 24th.

Sara | Novel Novice

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