Read: September 2013
First of all, a big THANK YOU to NetGalley for this ARC. I’m so excited to have a chance to read and review this book.
When I settled in to read WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE, I had no idea that the story would touch me as much as it did. It was a very pleasant surprise, and the story was so beautiful and touching that even hours after finishing it, I’m STILL thinking about it.
Callie has returned home after being taken by her mothers years ago and now has to face the challenge of living a life she isn’t familiar with. She’s used to being on the run and the life she and her mother had. Settling in to a family and a new life isn’t easy.
I love that the story doesn’t cover that up. So many books and movies show someone coming home after years of being gone and immediately adjusting. Life isn’t like that. It’s not an overnight change or adjustment. I’ve been there – many times growing up. It isn’t easy, it isn’t fun (there are fun moments) and it’s hard as hell.
The characters in the story are fresh and vibrant – jumping off of the page with enough detail and personality to make you feel as if you’re right there with them. The family dynamic of the story is what truly touched me. I felt like I was a part of the big Greek family – a family who welcome Callie home with open arms.
On a personal level – I could relate to Callie and the relationship she has with her mother. I know what it’s like to be all too familiar with a life that is taken from you, and then you’re shoved into adjusting to an entirely new life. I knew how frustrated, unsure and wary she felt.
I know on a personal level how hard it is to adjust to a new life. I’ve been there. It was hard. It was stressful. It was an adjustment full of tears, fights and pain – but I made it – just like Callie did. We both had to make some hard choices – but in the end we both knew what was right for us.
This is a story that will always remain close to my heart and one I’m already looking forward to telling friends about.