Book Review – Where the Stars Still Shine


where the stars still shineTitle: Where the Stars Still Shine

Author: Trisha Doller

Genre: Young Adult

Source: Net Galley

Goodreads Rating: 4.29

My Rating: 4 stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.


Quite the powerful story about a teen who finds herself back with a family she barely remembers while her mother rots away in a jail cell several states away.  It’s obvious from her flings with boys and the way she acts around her father that Callie wants to be loved but doesn’t really know what that means or how to go about being loved/showing love.  She struggles between trying to stay loyal to her mother and to her own longing for a place to finally call home where she will feel safe.

The occasional flashbacks to what happened to Callie as a child are gripping and emotional and those who have been abused/molested may want to pass on the story for that reason. Her nightmares and reactions to certain sexual situations go to show she is struggling with demons and when she finally admits out loud what happened, reactions of other characters range from anger to disbelief but also cause bonds and relationship dynamics to change.

A great read covering some heavy topics. Characters come off as very realistic and you’ll definitely come to feel for them. Heart wrenching and beautifully written.


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