Title: Lost Stars
Author: Lisa Selin Davis
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group
Date of publication: October 4th, 2016
Number of pages: 288
Part of a series: No
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.
Words can’t even begin to express what I feel about this book. I have so many feeling about it, good and bad, that I don’t know where to begin. I was in tears for about 75% of this book. The depth of pain and guilt that Carrie has for her sister’s death just comes off the page. And she deals with it the only way she knows how…..by drinking, doing drugs and doing risky things sexually (but never having sex). Dealing with death at any age is awful but coupled with a parent just checking out of your life, well that is devastating.
I am glad that the author decided to make Carrie as unlikable as possible. It only underlined how she grew as a person over the course of the book and I really enjoyed that. She went from being a girl with unresolved grief and anger issues to a girl who rediscovered herself and was becoming happy with her life again. Made for a very good and interesting read.
Carrie’s romance with Dean was a slow burn. To be honest, it was so slow that I honestly felt that it wasn’t going to happen. And Dean was without his issues and it made him perfect for her. There are hints dropped when Dean arrived on scene but those hints don’t even begin to hint at what he went through.
The part of the book where Carrie went and worked for the rec department was great and I think that is what started her healing process. She was separated from her sister’s friends (who were including her in getting drunk and high), surrounded by people who didn’t take her crap (and I did feel bad for Lynn….the poor guy) and she reconnected with an old friend. Plus she did manual labor.
I will say that the end of the book was pretty cathartic to me and to Carrie. I was just a tiny bit confused as to where her and Dean’s relationship was going but in the grand scheme of the book, it really wasn’t important. I felt fulfilled, as weird as it sounds, after finishing reading.
Oh, and I will say that the music (think the soundtrack to 1987) took me back to my own childhood. I think I need to go make a playlist now….lol.
How many stars will I give Lost Stars? 3.5/4
Why? A wonderfully written book about healing and forgiving yourself. Like I said above, I was in tears reading it. I wouldn’t read without a tissue in hand.
Will I reread? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age Range: Teen
Why? Drug use, underage drinking, and some mild (very mild) sexual scenes.
**I received Lost Stars from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group as an ARC.**