Title: Where the Stars Still Shine
Author: Trish Doller
Pub Deets: September 2013, Bloomsbury
Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Source: Gifted by Jamie via The Broke and The Bookish Secret Santa
Callie is reunited with her father and his new family after her mom was arrested for kidnapping her many years ago. Callie struggles with her life up to this point, how she moves on from the life she thought she knew and how to grow into the person everyone expects her to be. Much romance is also in the picture.
This is one of those books where the plot is super hard to explain. I mean, I've rewritten the "In a sentence or so" thing like 50 times and it still doesn't feel right. Which is a huge compliment to this book because the emotional depth, complexity and richness is so deep and exhausting that I really can't summarize it very well. SO THERE.
Anyway, Trish has this crazy intensity with her writing that doesn't ever feel hokey or silly. The emotions are real. The frustrations that Callie experiences (and that we have with Callie) are real. Her life is hard. There is also hope for her future and support from her family.
If you're looking for a contemporary read that has an incredible balance of intense emotions, serious family issues, sexy romance and character growth - this book is for you!
A quiet night with nothing to do because you WILL want to finish this book in a sitting. I promise you that!