Where the Stars Still Shine - Trish Doller

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Where the Stars Still Shine - 
Trish Doller
Released: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Aust

Synopsis: 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.

What I thought: I was super excited to read this, because I absolutely loved Something Like Normal! Turns out, Trish Doller is a superstar because this book was just as amazing. Like, seriously.
We meet Callie, a 17 year old girl that hasn't gone to school, never stays in one place too long and usually eats her meals from a vending machine. This is life with her Mum, until her Mum gets caught by the police and faces jail for kidnapping Callie as a kid. So now begins her life with her dad. Now she has a bed, a computer, food to eat, a friend and the beginnings of a something with the hot boy from the dock. But Callie can't just leave her Mum behind, and she's got a dark secret buried deep that could ruin everything.

Callie has had a hard life, and made some fairly poor choices, and you can see all these past things making her a bit self-destructive. It's to read a story like this, knowing that there could be many girls out in the world going through exactly what Callie has been through. I think Callie grew so much as a character, putting everything behind her and moving on.
All the secondary characters have some sort of influence over her, helping her to change and grow.

Plus there is Alex. This book is worth reading, even just to meet him. I want my own Alex now...

Where the Stars Still Shine faces some pretty touchy issues, and in my opinion, Trish Doller does a good job at writing them carefully. I can't wait to see what else she gives us!

The Good: This book gave me so many feels! BE PREPARED FOR THE FEELS.

The Bad: I wanted to know so much more about everything after it finished!


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