Release Date: September 24, 2013
Age Group: 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’ve been looking forward to something new from Trish Doller ever since I read the last sentence of Something Like Normal. It was one of my favorite books from 2012. Her sophomore book Where the Stars Still Shine definitely lived up to my high expectations.
I can’t remember the last time I was so utterly enthralled by a book this quick. Callie’s voice is so clear from page one. You can’t help but feel her heartbreak and loneliness. I loved how real she felt. She had been through some really hard things but she wasn’t completely closed off to these new people that love her. It seems like so often characters that have been through something tragic have these impenetrable walls. Trish Doller finds the perfect balance with Callie. It was refreshing.
The secondary characters were also fabulous. I was a little worried about Alex to begin with. He could easily been a cliche, but he turned out to be so much more. Their relationship was very realistic and heartfelt. I also really adored Callie’s father. His love for Callie shined so brightly.
The setting is spectacular. Tarpon Springs is a real town in Florida and you feel like you’ve visited there all your life while reading. Trish Doller really brings it to life for us.
The writing was just as gorgeous in Where the Stars Still Shine as it was in her first book. This is truly a beautiful story and I can’t recommend it to you guys enough.