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I was born in Germany, grew up in Ohio, went to college at Ohio State University, got married to someone really great, bounced from Maine to Michigan and back to Ohio for awhile. Now I live in Florida with my two mostly grown kids, two dogs, and a pirate. For real.
I've worked as a morning radio personality, a newspaper reporter, and spent all my summers in college working at an amusement park. There I gained valuable life skills, including counting money really fast, directing traffic, jumping off a moving train, and making cheese-on-a-stick. Also, I can still welcome you to Frontier Town. Ask me sometime.
These days I work as a bookseller. And I write.
Top Customer Reviews
Author Trish Doller does an excellent job of portraying Callie's wariness with her new and (an outside observer might say) "better" family. But despite the abundant love, the financial security and the clean clothes, Callie misses her mom and feels uncomfortable in this new family-intensive life. She is used to fending for herself and being on her own. Nothing unfolds as expected, as the rich and sometimes flawed characters do the best they can to adjust to new circumstances. Callie is sexually active, and her relationships are portrayed lovingly and realistically for a young woman grown up too soon. Probably best for high school readers, due to some mature situations.
About me: I'm a middle school/high school librarian
How I got this book: advance reading copy given to me at a conference
Callie was a great narrator. She was real, even though she had been on the run with her mom for twelve years. She's hesitant about going back into a normal life, but I mean, who wouldn't if you've never had any semblance of a normal life for over a decade? I wanted to feel sorry for her, but she's a tough girl. She can handle her own, as she's been doing the past twelve years, even if some things in her past do continue to haunt her. And the fact that she's so resistant to her father and his family makes it hard for her to see how much they love her. Her new (well, technically it's `old') family is loving and welcoming, but Callie can't accept their love. She feels like she's betraying her mother, whom she still loves. But eventually, her family worms their way into her heart, and Callie knows that she'll do anything for them, and that they'll do anything for her. They teach and give her the unconditional love she never really had, and it was so touching and uplifting to read.
Greek culture is a pretty big part of the book, which was refreshing. The town Callie's father lives in is a Greek tourist-y place, and Callie finds work selling Greek-like souvenirs with her cousin Kat. I never really read books that feature Greek culture, so it was a good kind of different to read about the food, the people, the language. I loved the Greek touch to the book!Read more ›
The story she paints in regards to Callie's struggles is strong. This girl doesn't understand relationships since all she has was her mother. She doesn't understand normality and friendship, proper food and money. Unfortunately, she does understand what it's like to be taken advantage of by a man. I think one of the most powerful plot points in this book for me was Callie's struggle with her past sexual abuse. Nobody would believe her and nobody was willing to understand, so she held everything inside until she burst. She dealt with it her own way and it led her down this path of destruction.
One of my biggest struggles with the book was her coping mechanism, which was to have a lot of sex. She got into the habit of being a sexual hit and run and relied too much on her sex drive for certain things. She internalized her problems and, at times, they'd appear when she found herself in sexual situations and she'd panic a little. I just didn't like this about her, at all. Especially because of how she met Alex. They ran into each other and there was this huge sexual charge between them after exchanging less then 10 sentences between the two of them. Then, the next time they run into each other it's completely unspoken yet entirely agreed upon that the first thing they do is have sex. This is not healthy, it's not a good way to start a relationship, and even with her past in mind the way they met bugged me.Read more ›
Barely able to remember her father, Callie believed her mom when she told her that their life on the run was necessary to protect them from him. So when her mother's lies are finally revealed, and her father reclaims Callie after twelve years, she is overwhelmed both by what she has lost, and gained. Now Callie has the opportunity to lead the normal life she has always dreamed of but can she let go of the past to create a future?
I really like the way in which Doller portrays Callie's conflicted thoughts, emotions and behaviour in a realistic manner. After twelve years of a transient lifestyle, Callie isn't sure she is capable of adjusting to the expectations of her father and her extended family. Callie battles feelings of self doubt, confusion and anger every day, almost afraid to hope that her life can now be different but wants to fit in despite often feeling overwhelmed by the change in her situation.
Callie also keenly feels the loss of her mother. Reconciling her anger with her love for her mom is difficult for her, not only is she now aware of what was lost when her mother took her, she is still dealing with her mother's failure to protect her from abuse. Learning that her mother is mentally ill complicates the issues of blame and betrayal.
While settling in to her new life is made easier by Callie's father's compassion and understanding and her friendship with Kat, it is her unconventional relationship with Alex that gives Callie confidence and perspective.
Where the Stars Shine is an emotional story of family, community and love and I was touched by Callie's challenging journey to find her way home.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an amazing story. The characters and plot were excellent but the resolution left me wanting so much more. I hope there is a sequel on the way!Published 7 months ago by JHedges
I liked this book, I really did but there are two things that bother me about it. One, I found that Callie's attitude at times was just completely uncalled for. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
Seventeen year old Callie is back with her father after twelve years after she was stolen by her mentally ill mother. Read more
Actually quite a nice tale. Very real. *Sexual content warning*Published 9 months ago by Kira Budge
I had this book on my shelf for quite awhile and just hadn't picked it up to read. I knew nothing about this book going in except that it takes place in Florida. Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. Geo
Where the Stars Still Shine is one of the most incredible books of this year. Callie's story is heartbreaking, but also hopeful; I was completely invested in it from start to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
I'll be the first to admit I love romance books. I rarely read a book that doesn't have some sort of love story tied into the plot, but I'm not someone who enjoys reading books... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lila Carthens
I really enjoyed this book. There was some heavy stuff going on in our heroine's life, but it was written about in a realistic, compassionate manner. Read morePublished 13 months ago by BL
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