Where the Stars Still Shine
by Trish Doller
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 had really mixed feelings about this book so I had to give myself about a week after finishing to kind of put together my thoughts and emotions into an accurate rating.
So what did I think? Um, I don’t really know.
Firstly, Callie’s character was annoying. Not just annoying but stuffed up and stupid. She grew up moving around with a crazy, paranoid yet pretty mother who brings home various boyfriends. Of course, this sort of lifestyle had detrimental effects on her. Callie loses her virginity at 13 and sex to her isn’t anything much except for something that allows her to forget her problems. This already bothered me. It wasn’t just her whole outlook on sex and guys. But she pushed away everything that was good for her. Even the most stupidest and most damaged of people could see how loving her father was. And Callie pretty much walks out of the house without letting him know numerous times after he specifically tells her TO LET HIM KNOW IF SHE’S GOING ANYMORE. IT’S NOT THAT HARD TO DO, WOMAN! YOU’RE LUCKY YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM TO GO ANYWHERE TO WANT!
Even the romance was a little stuffed. Normally the whole relationship process goes:
- INTRODUCTIONS – GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER – REALISATION OF ATTRACTION – ADMITTANCE – LOVE
But no, Callie is so stuffed up that it goes:
- SEX WITH COMPLETER STRANGER – SMALL TALK – FOOD – MORE SEX – SOME MORE TALKING – REALISATION OF “Hey, I think I love you.” EVEN THOUGH THEY’VE SKIPPED A BAJILLION STEPS.
Even though, Alex was a cute Greek dude, man-whore attributes automatically put me off a guy.
But despite, my frustrations, this book definitely had me hooked. She had a sad and interesting back story (I will not spoil the big one) and the appealing bit of this book was the whole thing about family. It made me sad to read the fact that she grew up missing out on this awesome, huge Greek family. They were loud, opinionated and food-y (YUM!) and loving. And I love any book which is about the importance of family.
So, this book was both hooking and intriguing. I can guarantee some mixed feelings about Callie about whether you should pity her circumstances or dwell in the feeling of knocking some sense in her head. The romance was entertaining to read, the ending was less than satisfactory (won’t spoil) and the characters are bound to intrigue. Callie’s journey into normal life and coming to terms with the capture of her mother is a story that is definitely original and interesting.