Where the stars still shine by Trish Doller

Where the Stars Still Shine - 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. (from GR)


-- You have to have an open mind to read this book because it will be not easy to understand very difficult built-up of characters. The MC is not a typical flower-and-bubbles girl who have a crush to a diver. She is the character who were molested, have shallow opinion of sex and do it anyways, kidnapped by a mother with a borderline personality disorder, doesn't know how to keep a friend and new family of her dad. Pretty much it.. but many more(spoiled some but you've been warned).

Readers have both opposite opinions about this book. Usually because of the MC. Either they pity her or call her a slut. Some readers really can't empathize with her.

You'll have to see it for yourself. 


What I really have to say is..very weird-y of me.. is not the main character. I can pretty much accept her and somehow willing to let her narrate her story. But at the same time, I know how readers are coming from. But If they have issues about the girl, I have issues of the boy, Alex. And not only because..


[/spoiler] they weren't that clear in the end, but because he's not much caring for the girl.. i suppose. During the story, he was narrated as a boy who does work for his family, but deep inside, how his views in romantic love and his relationships was a blur. And maybe that's why, at the end they weren't together. I mean, they pretty much both have problems in their own, in themselves, and the future made them apart.

If I were to give an Epilogue, as much as I wanted them to be together, I'd separate them mainly because the boy doesn't have the guts to say that they are together when they went snorkeling or the one when they met the boys' friend. He's much more focused on himself.

I've met certain book boys like these, and some were worth fighting and swooning for, but some.. they were made to look like they were cool and easy-going.. but they were the guys who can't put up with the girl if the crisis exist.

Well, it's just for me but.. hope you got it.


Anyways, there are so many things going on. That's why I tensed up to some, to some.. it didn't shocked me. If it were focused more on the 'mother' problems, things might be more tragic and suspenseful and then the boy just be on the side comforting or something(they aren't even going to be together anyways!- and almost the focused in some pages are her sex experiences?!--really!?!). It's one thing to put up a messed-up girl and another for her really connect with different complex problems and I just discovered that it's so hard to put it in a book that people will appreciate.  I don' t know.. I'm not the author tho. (lol)


Another thing is.. it ended pretty OPEN. It's what you gonna get so accept the book.(I'm still telling myself--not to tell myself 'that's it?Done?The End?)')


My high ratings was because of the clear and visible writing of events and places. The name( I forgot) and the place of the small town in Florida is real and it was stated in the end by the author so maybe that's why I had really good visual.


To conclude this not so famous review, keep an open mind and if ever you felt nothing after reading this, it's ok.


Book quote:



”All week I’ve wanted just three things: hot wings, cold beer, and you.”



this girl reading

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