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Sunday, November 11, 2018

See All The Stars Review

See All the Stars by Kit Frick
Title:  See All the Stars
Series: a novel
Author: Kit Frick
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 320 pages
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Publisher: McElderry Books
Edition: Hardcover: I borrowed this book from my local library
***Thanks to Netgalley (even though I was unable to read the provided format) for providing me a complimentary copy of SEE ALL THE STARS by Kit Frick in exchange for my honest review***
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  



Synopsis:


Part love story, part thriller, We Were Liars meets Goodbye Days in this suspenseful, lyrical debut.

It’s hard to find the truth beneath the lies you tell yourself.

Then: They were four—Bex, Jenni, Ellory, Ret. (Venus. Earth. Moon. Sun.) Electric, headstrong young women; Ellory’s whole solar system.

Now: Ellory is alone, her once inseparable group of friends torn apart by secrets, deception, and a shocking incident that changed their lives forever.

Then: Lazy summer days. A party. A beautiful boy. Ellory met Matthias and fell into the beginning of a spectacular, bright love.

Now: Ellory returns to Pine Brook to navigate senior year after a two-month suspension and summer away—no boyfriend, no friends. No going back. Tormented by some and sought out by others, troubled by a mysterious note-writer who won’t let Ellory forget, and consumed by guilt over her not entirely innocent role in everything and everyone she’s lost, Ellory finds that even in the present, the past is everywhere.

The path forward isn’t a straight line. And moving on will mean sorting the truth from the lies—the lies Ellory has been telling herself.

Main Characters


  1. Ellory- main POV
  2. Matthias- Ellory's boyfriend during Junior year
  3. Ret- Ellory's BFF, leader of their group of friends.

Plot

THEN Ellory was a typical teen with normal insecurities who was friends with a group of girls that each had their own hobbies and interests. The fours girls really would only hang out together because they all loved Ret, the leader. Right before school started Junior year, Ellory met a boy, Matthias, and that first love pretty much overshadowed everything else.


NOW Ellory is starting her Senior year avoiding everyone, especially her former friends and boyfriend. Ellory is seeing a counselor and trying to deal with ‘the fall’ piecing together the good and bad, real and imagined, all the events that led her to now.
"My mom calls what happened the fall. It's a kindness, a shortcut, a way of taking something hard and shaping it into two little words that can slip off your tongue."

Setting

Alternates between THEN: before “the fall”  Ellory's Junior year of high school and NOW:: Ellory's Senior year of high school dealing with the aftereffects of “the fall” with each chapter. By the end of the book we get a complete timeline of events.

Theme

Female friendships and dealing with loss

What did I like about the book?


I really liked how the author describes several different types of relationships and family dynamics. The social and emotional issues the characters had to deal with were spot on.  I think sometimes it's very easy to feel all consumed by someone else, and with their heightened hormones and emotions teenagers have it worse off.

Ellory’s hobby is welding artistically. I don’t think that is a common field of interest for girls so it was nice to see that outside of the gender norm. You can like and be good at whatever you want.

Also, being a part of the BFF's inside joke...


"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-"

What did I not like about the book?

n/a - maybe a little slow?

Date Started/Finished : November 6th - November 7th 2018


Recommend? yes

I believe teen girls would relate to this story and maybe even gain some insight into their own lives.

Rating: 4/*****
based off Goodreads' ratings: 4 stars – really liked it, really enjoyable

Kit Frick is a novelist, poet, and MacDowell Colony fellow. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from Syracuse University. When she isn’t putting complicated characters in impossible situations, Kit edits poetry and literary fiction for a small press, edits for private clients, and mentors emerging writers through Pitch Wars. Her debut young adult novel is See All the Stars (Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books, August 14, 2018), and her debut full-length poetry collection is A Small Rising Up in the Lungs (New American Press, fall 2018).

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me for free from Netgalley for this blog tour. Whether positive or negative, my blog review is my own and may differ from others opinions. This review is simply a compilation of my thoughts and opinions of this book.  If you have any questions, just post them and I'll be happy to answer as best as I can. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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