Monday, April 28, 2014

Jen Reviews Where the Stars Still Shine

Title: Where the Stars Still Shine
Author: Trish Doller
Published: Sept 2013, Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: Library
Rating: 4 stars


I can't imagine growing up and constantly being on the move. Living in one place for a year at the most and changing your name each time you move. Seventeen year old Callie lives that life. Her mom kidnapped her when she was five and they have been on the run, always looking over their shoulder, ever since. Callie has never even been enrolled in school, her education consists of text books she buys at the thrift store and reading whatever novels she can get her hands on.

While Callie desperately wants to get away from her mother and have a normal teenage girl life...when that happens she literally does not know what to do. Has she betrayed her mom by wanting a better life for herself? How is she going to fit in with this family she didn't think wanted her?

This is the second book in a row I'll pretty much read in one sitting (thank you rainy day). I had to know what happens next, how Callie's relationship with her dad was progressing, how she was adjusting to having a friend trying to fix her up on dates. She was thrown into a world she had always hoped for and dreamed about.

Potential minor, minor spoiler: My heart sank when Callie's dad gave her the photo album with her name on the cover and she asked if that was her real name. Her mom didn't even tell her what her name was!! Each time Callie and her mom would move they made up new names.

I do wish Callie would have talked about what one of her mom's disgusting boyfriends did to her when she was younger. It affected her a lot and I was proud of her for telling Alex (I think he was the first person she ever told).

Have you read this book? What were you thoughts?


  1. I already have my stack of books for this week, but you make me want to throw it out and read this instead. That potential spoiler doesn't not seem super spoilerish and it breaks my heart!

  2. The cover alone is calling to me, but your review makes me want to read the story too! Of course, when will I get to it is the real issue at hand. Sigh. Off to go add it to my Goodreads tbr!

  3. I also read this one in one sitting. There really was something about it that just made me desperate to keep reading! For some reason I still find myself thinking about it! And the cover really is beautiful.

  4. This was one of my favorite books in the last couple months. If you haven't read Trish Doller's other book I highly recommend it!


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