Title: Lost Stars
Author: Lisa Selin Davis
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Carrie is lost. And she’s angry at almost everything and everyone. Most of all though, she’s angry at her big sister Ginny. For dying.
Pretty much the only thing that keeps Carrie sane is her music. Even her beloved comet, the faithful friend that she’s been following for years, can’t help her now that her dad has taken away her telescope.
Then she meets Dean. Gorgeous Dean. He’s sitting out on his front step playing guitar early one summer morning – and everything changes forever.
(Description From Allen & Unwin)
The only thing that I regret about this book is that I didn’t read it in time to fit it into my My Top Ten Favourite Reads of 2016 post. I’m really distressed about it because I feel like it needs a position on a favourites list as soon as possible, because it was a super-amazing book.
Carrie is angry at the world, and maybe she has every right to be. Things at home are tough after Ginny dies, and Carrie doesn’t know if her mum is ever going to come back, or if her dad will ever stop hating her for what she did.
To deal with all the pain, and the guilt, Carrie turns to Ginny’s friends. They take her in, fuelling her emotions with parties, alcohol, drugs, and strange sexual encounters.
To the world, Carrie comes across as rude and arrogant. She acts selfishly, always putting her own rage and frustration before what other people might be feeling. I didn’t like her much at all, at first. But as the story progressed I ended up with a huge soft-spot for her.
Somehow I started to really like her.
Even though Carrie’s life is 100% different to mine, she felt really relatable. Her character is layered, and flawed, and I think that a lot of readers will find something in Carrie that resonates with themselves. There is something about her that just felt true. She is probably one of the most honest and relatable characters I have ever read.
I loved her obsession with science, and I also appreciated how embarrassed she felt about revealing her true self to other people. She thinks that she has to act like someone else to make friends, to have a boyfriend, to fit in.
Then along comes Dean.
The romance that blossoms between them is refreshing. They are so, so nervous around each other – it’s adorable, and nothing like the insta-love you tend to see in a lot of YA books these days. Carrie and Dean unite over their love of music, and their troubled pasts. They learn a lot from each other, about life, loss, and love, and it’s super sweet.
The writing style is simplistic, honest, and captivating. I ended up being so focussed on Carrie’s life and wanting to make sure things worked out okay for her in the end that I read the whole book in a couple of hours – and got really angry at anyone who tried to speak to me while I was reading it (sorry guys).
Carries goes on a journey of growth, acceptance, and learning to let go, and she takes the reader with her.
The long and short of it is:
- This book is incredible
- I ugly-cried at the end
- And you need to read it soon so that we can ugly-cry together!
Publication Date: 26th October 2016
Price: $19.99 AUD
Thanks to Bonnier and Allen & Unwin for sending me a copy of this beautiful book.