Published by Bloomsbury on 24 September 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Young Adult
Also by this author: Violent Ends
Place(s) Traveled to: Tarpon Springs, Florida
First Line(s): Yellow light slashes the darkness as Mom sneaks into the apartment again.
Ever pick up a book and find that when you hit the final page that you are a bit shocked that the world has continued on without your notice? Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller is one of those books for me. This story is beautiful and raw and really tugs at the heart strings like only the rare gem of a book can do. This is a book that I’ve read in many forms and each time I just fell more and more in love with the story. It made my heart ache in all the right ways and I just hated for the story to end.
Callie is such an amazing and heart breaking character who has gone through more in her short life than anyone should have to deal with in a lifetime. She was taken as a child from her father and raised by a very unstable mother. When she is reunited with the father she barely remembers what she knows is in conflict with what is. Its also a difficult adjustment from living the life of a gypsy with no stability to one filled with a family and siblings that she never even knew she had. She’s a girl who has always been looking for a permanent place and she’s about to meet a boy who has only dreamed of leaving.
Can you smell the tension?
Not only that but Callie isn’t exactly one to trust easily and she is a bit stand offish but when you learn of her history you can’t imagine her being any other way. As with Doller’s debut, Something Like Normal, this book is very much a character and issue driven book. Its compelling and impossible to put down and makes you want to just reach inside its pages and hug every single character. There are times when the story will bring tears to your eyes but then with the turn of the page you might be smiling as Callie makes a snarky comment.
Not only are the main characters just filled with such amazing things but the secondary really flesh out this story. From Callie’s Dad and Stepmother to her cousin Kat (who I’d love to see get a story of her own) they just really add to the wonderfulness of this story. Everything about this world and its characters are just so real and vibrant that there are time when I almost expect to bump into Callie and Alex on the street….and I don’t even live in Florida.
This is a book that I can read over and over again and it loses nothing from that first time read. The town and the characters just become more and more real with each reading and I just fall more and more in love with them. I hated for this story to end and when I finished it I went back and flipped through all of my favorite parts. Where the Stars Still Shine is among one of my favorite reads and I can’t recommend it highly enough. I thought that Something Like Normal was an amazing read but I was wrong because Where the Stars Still Shine surpasses it. If Trish Doller wasn’t on your reading list before then you really want to fix that sooner rather than later.