Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Goodreads Summary
Bloomsbury USA | Hardcover, 308 pages
Publication Date: September 24th, 2013
New Adult
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Trish Doller’s sophomore novel was one that I’ve most coveted since I’ve learned of its existence. It was one of the few books that I can readily admit to reading as soon as I got home from the bookstore. I had so much hope for this one and for the better part of the novel, I’d like to say that it wasn’t a disappointment.

Truthfully, I’m not quite sure how I feel about its primary character, Callie. But then again, it would take some careful consideration when you read about the ways Callie presented herself to the world. She’s very wary of people; especially those who treat her with kindness. She’s like a bear with a sore paw. She’ll pounce at the first sign of trouble even if she’s in a world full of hurt.

Kidnapped when she was merely a toddler, Callie have lived a life of a vagabond and in the care of her paranoid, disturbed mother. Their lives have been a revolving door of strange men; Callie’s heartfelt desire to grow up like a normal person and the constant fear of the unknown. Her unconventional upbringing contributed to her twisted views of the world and of men in general.

When the law finally caught up to her mother, Callie gets reunited with her father. The bulk of the book is about Callie adjusting to a new life without her mother and living with her father’s family. The close-knit but sometimes tempestuous Greek family that she was introduced to was a far cry from the more often lonely existence that she grew up with. For the first time in a long time, she’s also inherited herself a ready-made best friend. Her initial interactions with her was a little awkward that led to some hurt feelings.

Trish Doller showed tact in the way she portrayed Callie’s view of the world – and of boys in general. She’s quick to surmise exactly what it is they wanted from her and at times, she’s also quick to provide them. She sees herself very poorly and one who doesn’t deserve happiness. As a result, she ends up running in the hopes that she’ll prevent further hurt.

I do like this book. It’s everything you would expect from a New Adult novel. And yes, this is a Young Adult book but with the amount of sensitive and mature materials written in here, I am lumping it under this new genre.

Trish Doller is well on her way to being one of my auto-buy authors. She doesn’t give you perfect characters and stories wrapped in a shiny bow. It’s maddening, honest and lovely in its wonderfully flawed self.

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