Trying to Light up the Dark | Lost Stars | A Review

Another day, another blog post, another review. Welcome back to my blog folks! Settle down, pull up a chair or something and grab a hot drink! Winter is well and truly here and with miserable days, comes good excuses to drink hot choco and read books – right? Right!

I requested this book on Netgalley, after seeing the Twitter hype build up about it, so I thought I’d give it a read.

Lost Stars is written by Lisa Selin Davis and is her YA debut, published October 2016.

This book will have you dreaming of summer, of warm days stargazing and eating barbecues. But be warned, this isn’t a happy book. I say that because this book deals with the themes or death and loss. There I said it, now no more spoilers!

We’re introduced to Carrie, the narrator of the story and the main character. We’re introduced to Carrie at a key point in her life, read more from the blurb below.

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.

What I love about Carrie is that, although she ‘tries’ to be cool and is at that certain time of being a reckless teenager that wants to lash out (we’ve all been there), but in reality she is still a nerd and she is still quite close to her roots.

What I love about this book is, again, it’s no sugar coated. We know that death of a sibling and a loss of a mother can be pretty, down-right awful, but, as people keep telling me, kids are resilient, much like Carrie is in this book.

We have, of course, the whole, girl meets boy kinda thing. But what I really enjoyed was the fact that at the end of it, Carrie saved herself. She works her way through the loss of her sister and the departure of her mother and comes out the other side, better for it!

The ‘boot camp’ makes me laugh. What makes me laugh even more is that the ‘boot camp’ – although it’s not really – is something really nerdy, that, by the end of it, Carrie actually enjoys – yes, these things do happen.

I’d recommend this book to all teenage girls and even those older teenage girls, it’s the kinda book to read when you feel alone, and it’s a reminder that the universe is way bigger than us, and we’ll move on from whatever has happened to us, and we’ll come out the other side stronger than before and ready to face the future.

Have you read Lost Stars and what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below.

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