See All the Stars by Kit Frick
See All the Stars is a beautifully written story that I sank into like a comfortable armchair -one that bites occasionally just to keep you on your toes!
That we revolved around her was simply a fact.
The lyrical words felt like coming home and I wanted to stay surrounded by the characters long after the story was told.
Ret Johnson was the sun. Hot, bright, at the center of our universe.
I love books that skip between the present and the past and See All the Stars does this seamlessly, trickling out the storyline slowly, strategically. Until desperate to know all the secrets, I let the story take over and gave up trying to live in the real world.
In my reality, there is only the aftermath, the nights when all I can hear are the scraps of his voice.
This is the book. My favourite 2018 read. Not without faults, I have a couple of unanswered questions and the main character was occasionally frustratingly naïve. In a way that only added to the story because in real life it’s often easier to ignore the obvious to avoid confrontation and pain.
But that day I was the moon, dark and cold without the sun’s light.
Title: See All the Stars
Author: Kit Frick
Publication Date: 14 August 2018
Publisher: McElderry Books
Source: Review copy
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It’s hard to find the truth beneath the lies you tell yourself.
THEN They were four—Bex, Jenni, Ellory, Ret. 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. – Abstract from Goodreads
The fact that I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.
Disclaimer: The quotes appear in my review copy and may not appear in the final version.