Oct 25, 2013
Title: Where The Stars Still Shine
Author: Trish Doller
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Overall: 4 out of 5
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.
Where The Stars Still Shine is a book about a young girl who doesn’t know herself. Callie has only been taught of the world by her mother, who is absolutely awful at taking care of her. Callie has been molested, gone hungry, and never been to school. Finally she is found and taken back to her huge, loving family.
I felt for Callie in this book because she had never had anyone to trust. I feel like I have to defend Callie because so many people told me she’s to selfish and that makes her unlikeable. Yes, she is absolutely selfish but who wouldn’t be? She’s never had anyone to depend on, and she’s always been able to do what she wants because her mother never tried to really be a parent. So yes, Callie is selfish because being selfish is how she survived.
It also doesn’t help that her father is a wonderful man, and Callie begins to resent her mother for taking her away. Which is totally natural, and then she feels guilty for resenting her mom. Again, totally natural. Who wouldn’t feel guilty for resenting their mom? No matter how terrible she is, she’s still her mom.
The hardest thing for me in this book was the fact that Callie was so promiscuous. It was nothing over the top but she didn’t believe her body had worth. I know that it’s because she was molested, but it still hurt me to see that she based her worth on whether someone felt she was attractive.
I did really like how Callie grew in this story, she did stop being so selfish and started to care about her newfound family. She started to fall for someone who could understand her and let her just be herself. Callie ultimately began to make a place for herself in Tarpon Springs. She even started to see her mom as someone who needed help, and eventually came to terms with her mother’s mental illness.
I did enjoy this book, and I really thought that Callie did alot of growing up. It’s a good coming-of-age book for anyone who had a messed up childhood. There were times where the characters got annoying, especially Kat and her overbearingness. I would give the story 4 out of 5 stars.
4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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