I received this book for free from Edelweiss, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lost Stars by Lisa Selin Davis
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on October 4, 2016
Genres: Drugs & Alcohol Abuse, Emotions & Feelings, Music, Young Adult
Format: Kindle, Print
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
Before her older sister, Ginny, died, Carrie was a science nerd, obsessively tracking her beloved Vira comet. But now that Ginny is gone, sixteen-year-old Carrie finds herself within the orbit of Ginny’s friends, a close-knit group of seniors who skip school, obsess over bands (not science), and party hard.
Fed up with Carrie’s behavior, her father enrolls her in a summer work camp at a local state park. Carrie actually likes the days spent in nature. And when she meets Dean, a guy who likes the real Carrie—astrophysics obsessions and all—she starts to get to the heart of who she is and who she wants to be.
Lost Stars by Lisa Selin Davis is the story of a family coping with a devastating loss that may end up tearing the whole family apart. Carrie has turned to partying, her mother took off, her little sister is lost in the shuffle and her father is just angry. Facing the death of oldest daughter Ginny, the family is fractured in many ways. I must admit, that I at first thought that Carrie, our MC, had awful fashion sense but amazing taste in music (The Pixies on vinyl!). Then once I realized that our story was set in the feathered hair, neon clad 1980’s I totally got it.
Davis’ writing was fluid and moving. She was able to take the story of tragedy and make it very real and very heartfelt. The plot was unique and I loved the 80’s setting. The world built was sparse but worked and the pacing was spot on. The emotions ran high and at times they were almost clunky, but then the writer was able to bring it right back to where it needed to be. The characters were well crafted and all had a unique voice. However, Carrie was at times, just awful. The thing is though that the awfulness worked 100% in the story. Again, I credit the author for being able to balance a myriad of people and emotions and make it all cohesive.
Lost Stars is a quick read that stayed with me. I kept going back to certain moments in my mind and replaying them from different angles to see if they changed. The story was very fluid and packed a lot in. Lisa Selin Davis was able to not only bring a story to life, but a time period as well. I really enjoyed her use of music as a medium for thought at times, it really tied all of the pieces together. All in all this was a winner for me and I am interested to see what Davis will bring forth next.
Praise for LOST STARS
“A moving real-life problem novel…Fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower will dig this book.”—School Library Journal
“Lost Stars is a novel for anyone who’s every grappled with their own place in the universe.” —PopSugar, Best YA of 2016
“Davis makes the 1980s shine…[and] makes interesting connections between science and teen angst.”—Kirkus Reviews
I’m super crazy excited to have my first YA novel, Lost Stars, come out in October 2016. I also have a novel for grownups called Belly, published by Little, Brown a few years ago. For the last 12 years or so, I’ve paid my rent by writing articles for The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal and a zillion other publications. Before that I worked in film and TV, doing props and other art department jobs, including a four-year stint making props for Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues. I live in Brooklyn (but, hey, I moved here before it was cool) with my hubby, two kiddos and our kitty.
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