Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

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5 Stars

There’s such authenticity to Trish Doller’s voice. I mean, damn! This story felt SO real!! I always feel like her characters are so perfectly real in all of their imperfect glory. I don’t ever feel like they are going through motions intended by their creator, but that they are recounting their stories with us, their good friends. It’s as if Trish Doller is recounting actual lives and she’s recorded all their actions and conversations. I loved that realness. Love, love, LOVE IT.

I also loved so much more about Where the Stars Still Shine. The characters, the setting, the care with which each relationship was crafted to touched me so fully. So much amazing in this small package of a book. As far the setting goes, I didn’t realize there was this town in Florida that was so Greek prominent. Ever since watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding, anytime a Greek family is brought up, I picture the families from that movie. So it was no surprise that it happened with Where the Stars Still Shine. Not as zany or crazy, but definitely big and all up in your business. I loved every single one of them. I especially loved Callie’s dad, Greg. His patience and unwavering, unconditional love…there’s no way I couldn’t love him. Callie’s mom on the other hand..*sigh* I was so angry with her, but I can’t say that I hated her, because I understood that she was sick. But her level of selfishness while perfectly aware that she’s sick? I couldn’t help but get angry about that. Not only does she deprive Callie of a loving family, but she puts her in danger and keeps her in poverty! UGH.

And now let’s talk about Alex. Oh, man, Alex, you guys. I must admit I was wary of him at first, he is presented in a not so flattering light and all. And he does seem to not be able to keep his hands off of Callie, but neither could she, so that wasn’t that big of an issue…but it just made me weary. Like, is he going to destroy my heart, this guy? Because I’m LOVING him already. He was caring, and smart, and funny and A TOTAL GREEK GOD. Alex does have his own major things he’s dealing with, which made him all the more incredible because it showed us the kind of man he really is.

Where the Stars Still Shine evoked a number of emotions from me. It was such an experience of a book. I swear it made me tear up at least once per chapter, and for so many different reasons. It will evoke things in you too, I guarantee it. Trish Doller will continue to be an auto-buy author. So do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy tomorrow, because this follow-up to Something Like Normal is just as amazing. Don’t delay! You’ll kick yourself later if you do. :)

Book Info

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pub Date: September 24th 2013
Pages: 308
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: ContemporaryNew AdultRomanceYoung Adult
Buy the book! | 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.



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13 Responses to “Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller”

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    Although I didn’t really care for Alex, much, I still really enjoyed the story. And I loved the Greek culture aspect. Also, Callie wasn’t so bad. This was a fun read. Great review!

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    Angela C.

    I ‘m looking forward to EVERYTHING. Trish Doller is such an amazing author. I loved SLN! <3 Great review! I can't wait to read this, omg. And I love Greek gods. ;)

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    Oh YES to the “real-ness” of this book, and SLN. I LOVE that so so so much about Trish’s books. I am so excited for her next book…and hopefully many more. Also, ALEX. He was an awesome character.

    Love this review!

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    I’m just excited to get into a different world for a little while. This summary has me anxious to read it. Thank you for the chance to win.

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    I actually ended up in Tarpon Springs this summer (for a Greek wedding, nonetheless). I completely freaked out when I realized it was the same place from the book! My husband totally did not understand my excited but I dragged him to the sponge docks and everything anyway. It was awesome. And exactly as Trish Doller described it. I loved this book. I’m right there with you with the emotions. Only characters who seem so real can get those kinds of emotions from me. Can’t wait for Trish’s next book. Great review!

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    What draws me in is the fact that the summary reminds me of one of my favorite books of the year: If You Find Me. I have also heard that Trish is a really amazing author(and also an amazing person!).

    Thank you for the giveaway <3

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    Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley)

    Just read this one and loved it. OBVS. Trish is auto-read for me anyway. I went into it not having read anything about it at all, and I think that made it even better. I think all of the emotions were MORE having done that. Just a great, great book – different than SLN but still so, so great. So glad you loved it too, but honestly, I think most everyone will!

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