Celebrating the Book Birthday of WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller: Review & Giveaway
September 23rd, 2013 by Liza Wiemer


by Trish Doller

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

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Summary from Goodreads

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.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.

My review as posted on Goodreads

Astonishing, breathtaking. Deeply moving. I can’t say enough about how incredible I thought this novel was. It’s one of those books you may want to read twice, just to take it all in.

Thank you to Bloomsbury for an ARC.

Seventeen-year-old Callie has had the childhood from hell. For at least ten years, she traveled from town to town to town with her mother. But life changes with the flash of blue lights and a trip to a police station. I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone, so I won’t say more about this. What transpires after is an incredible discovery of what it means to be loved by family, friends, and an incredible young man who has his own demons to face. 

I loved this story. 

Here’s why:
1. Callie’s brave ability to take life on and not apologize for what she’s been through or who she is, but only for how her actions hurt others – it shows how she takes responsibility and how she has had to grow up way too fast. I admire her strength.
2. Callie’s dad is flawed and awesome and real and kind and fumbles his way with enough love that it radiates off the pages.
3. Alex – he is sooooo misunderstood, but not by Callie, and, in turn, he understands Callie and doesn’t judge her. Just loves and appreciates her and RESPECTS her for who she is. It’s beautiful.
4. Yiayoula – Grandma – she’s a tough old bird who could kick some major ass with her sharp tongue. She’s got unwavering love that is a lesson for everyone.
5. Ekaterina (Kat) BFF – Oh yeah, this is who a friend should be . . . Kool, Kind, Kreative, THE BEST!
6. Tarpon Springs, FL (Yup, I want to go and visit. NOW.)
7. A big Greek family. Lots of love and fights and some yummy food.
8. Sponges – okay, you have to read the novel to understand this one.
9. Callie’s ability to love and hate her mom and the same time, yet let love rule.
10. Snorkeling.
11. Callie and Alex. <3 <3 <3 <3
12. Two adorable little brothers. 
13. The story is so beautifully written, honest, and shows the characters’ vulnerability.
14. Even minor characters like Ariel are special and noteworthy. Theo too. Very cool. 😀
15. The mention of the novel, MANDY! It’s one of my ALL-TIME favorites, too.

Put this on your MUST read list! I have a feeling it’ll be on many top ten lists.

For more information on Trish Doller, check out her website.

Giveaway is US and Canada only.

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9 Responses  
Betsy Kaplan writes:
September 24th, 2013 at 10:16 am

Congrats, Trish. Liza’s been raving about your book for awhile now! 😀

Vivien writes:
September 24th, 2013 at 10:27 am


and most definitely CUPCAKES!!!

G. Donald Cribbs writes:
September 24th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Happy Book Birthday, Trish! I loved SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL and can’t wait to read and review this one. Everything I’ve seen looks awe-mazing (it makes me want to invent new words just to capture how awesometastic this is!)

I’d celebrate a book birthday by getting the book and reading it all at one sitting, with a comfy chair, silence, and plenty of snacks and goodies to keep me in my chair turning pages all the way to the end. Then I’d go online and post reviews everywhere to pay it forward and let the author know what I thought about it. That’s the best way, clearly.

Bonnie writes:
September 25th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Happy Book Birthday! I would celebrate with music, food, books, dancing.

Cate writes:
September 28th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Happy Book Birthday!!! 🙂

Marina writes:
October 6th, 2013 at 9:54 am

This sounds like a interesting book!

Sarah writes:
October 6th, 2013 at 10:21 am

This book sounds wonderful! I’ve heard a lot of good things about it!

Joli writes:
October 7th, 2013 at 9:51 am

If I really loved it, I would celebrate by buying an extra copy and giving it to a friend.

Ariel writes:
October 7th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

To celebrate I would by the book and tell all of my friends to read it too.

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