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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
Trish is carving a place for herself in the world of contemporary fiction as an exceptional author who writes about situations that many of us hardly even dare to imagine in our normal, everyday lives - things that we only hear about from the news. What's more is that she is not afraid to take these already stark situations to even darker places and weave her ideas into realistic works of imaginative fiction that make you think. In Something Like Normal, Trish explores how a military man with PTSD deals with returning to a house that is something less than normal. In WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE, Trish ups her game by telling the story of a young lady who was never given the opportunity to live a "normal" life, having been on the run with her unstable mother for the past ten years. How Callie reacts when she is suddenly given the family she had been denied all those years will both amaze you and break your heart.
As I said before, one of the biggest selling points when I found out about WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE (aside from the fact that I adore the author and her previous work) was the fact that it takes place practically in my own backyard.Read more ›
Seventeen year old Callie is back with her father after twelve years after she was stolen by her mentally ill mother. Scarred from the years of homelessness, physical and sexual abuse, she has difficulty relating to the family she has little memory of. Callie lies, breaks rules, and isn't very nice to her new friends and family. She finds a soulmate in a Alex, twenty-two year old sponge diver with a troubling reputation and they begin a secret romance. When her mother is released from jail on bond, Callie will have to decide whether to stay and build a life, or go back on the run.
Narrator Callie is, for the most part, unlikable and unsympathetic. I understood on an intellectual level, why she had such difficulty with people, but she behaved hurtful to people who just wanted to embrace her. Of course, the fact her father, Greg, never put her into therapy the minute he picked her up from the police station, the family didn't get counseling, and he received no direction on what to do when your daughter returns after being kidnapped didn't help. He also never had her checked out by a doctor. Was she up on her immunizations? Who knows? Although I liked Greg, he continually made bone-headed decisions. Your kidnapped daughter refuses to go to school, sure, that's ok. No problem. Too bad he doesn't ask any more questions or he'd have discovered she only had a kindergarten education. Callie was bright and well-read from frequenting libraries, but still. She wasn't homeschooled, she had no schooling.
WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE is best describing Callie's flashbacks and nightmares (in italic) which were both compelling and realistic. Trish Doller either did some great research or has personal experience with PTSD.Read more ›
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't imagine as a child, being in the same situation. What is really needed by everyone is a loving family, someone who believes in you, and personal strength to survive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by elizabeth hoffman
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 13 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 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
Actually quite a nice tale. Very real. *Sexual content warning*Published 15 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 15 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 16 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 18 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 19 months ago by BL
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