Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
I received an eARC via the publishers from Netgalley. Thank you Bloomsbury!
What I thought. . .
Where the Stars Still Shine gripped my heart and soul. I absolutely loved this book and the emotional journey it took me on. Even though I don’t personally connect with Callie, I still felt connected to her in a way, which resulted in me respecting her and the journey she was on. I was able to feel every emotion she felt as I read. Her love for her mother, while difficult to understand most of the time, was understandable – afterall, it was the only person she ever really knew growing up. I admired her father and was cheering for him the minute he came into the picture. I loved the Greek aspect of the story and the sense of family that was evident throughout the entire book. I won’t lie, there were moments I teared up and wanted to hug Callie. There were also times I wanted to jump into the book and personally meet Alex. Oh dear God….Alex is one hunk of a Greek. In my mind at least.
I did feel that the end of book went by rather fast, but I don’t think it took away from the story. I just wish it wouldn’t have ended. I wanted to know more about Alex and Callie and were they were to go after their struggles. I also wanted to see more of Callie and her new life. Basically….I did not want this book to end! At all! That’s how much I enjoyed it. I guess I will just have to imagine the untold parts of their story. 🙂
5 out of 5 stars!