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When the Stars Lead to You (vuoden 2019 painos)

Tekijä: Ronni Davis (Tekijä)

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After Ashton broke Devon's heart, she focused on preparing for her future as an astrophysicist but Ashton's appearance on the first day of her senior year forces her to revisit their magical summer together.
Jäsen:janpellegrino
Teoksen nimi:When the Stars Lead to You
Kirjailijat:Ronni Davis (Tekijä)
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2019), 400 pages
Kokoelmat:Fiction, Oma kirjasto
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näyttää 3/3
Loved reading this YA novel. Spoilers going forward: Dev meets Ashton one summer and for 2 months they have a world wind romance but one eveing when they are supposed to meet up he doesn’t show. Dev doesn’t know what happened and is broken hearted and must pick up the pieces. Then a year later she is at school and there he is. Ashton comes from a well to do family and Dev doesn’t fit what his mother wants. Ashton is not in the right headspace most times and attemps suicide twice so trigger warning for that. Dev has to come to terms with this and realize that she has to also take care of herself too and not lose herself in Ashton’s problems. Has a happy for now ending. ( )
  sharon2022 | Apr 17, 2022 |
I received this book for free from The NOVL in exchange for an honest review.

First and foremost, I want to start off with a massive trigger warning for depression and suicide. These topics are heavily discussed in this book.

This was a very heartfelt and touching book.

The depression representation was really well done. It showed what depression looked like and how it affects not only the person with it, but also their loved ones. After reading the author’s note at the end, you can tell just how personal this story was for the author.

A lot of reviewers have mentioned that the romance in this book is very insta-lovey and obsessive. There is merit to that, however, that was kind of the point of the book. Towards the end, the nature of their relationship gets discussed. This book isn’t necessarily supposed to be one of those cutesy YA romances.

I loved the biracial (main character is half white and half black) representation. I liked that it didn’t shy away from showing the racism that is still prevalent today. I also liked that classism and elitism was also explored in conjunction with her race. It’s interesting to see how race, class, and gender all intersect. This book is so sex-positive which is so refreshing to see in YA.

Lastly, I thought the ending was perfect for the story. It seemed realistic and I liked that it was more ope-ended.

Overall, I really enjoyed this #OwnVoices debut. ( )
  oddandbookish | Nov 12, 2019 |
DNF at 45%

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

I really liked the concept for When the Stars Lead to You, but felt like the story was poorly executed. Devon is an eighteen-year-old that wants to be an astrophysicist, but her voice was very juvenile (unless she was talking about space and the stars). I sometimes forgot she was in her senior year of high school, and mentally pictured her as a fourteen-year-old obsessively in love.

When I say obsessively, I'm not exaggerating. Devon and Ashton's relationship was instantaneous and heavy. They fell in love literally at first sight, and their relationship only got more intense the longer it continued. I just cannot imagine Devon sitting on a porch for an entire day and night just because he ghosted her on their last day at the beach together. Their relationship was suffocating and unhealthy. Yes, teenagers fall in love hard and fast, but this felt different.

I also dislike it when a character throws everything away for their love interest. College and astrophysics have been Devon's dream for years, but she starts slipping as things heat up with Ashton for a second time. He's dealing with depression and family issues, so his presence is very time-consuming and emotionally draining for Devon. She doesn't know how to help him, but tries to be understanding and available. It just felt like she was too easily derailed from her lifelong plans and aspirations.

We go from insta-love, to second-chance-insta-love, to heavy and very intense, to all-consuming love. Questions like, "Do you love me?" started popping up pretty early on, and even discussions about marriage. Marriage. "I told my cousin I was going to marry you someday." (Ashton said this the first time he saw her on the beach.) "I still think about marrying you someday." (Ashton said this shortly after they reconnected over a year later, even though he'd previously been dating someone else.) "I feel like if anyone could take you away from me, it's her." (Devon's feelings on love and marriage with Ashton.) I hate that Devon felt so insecure after giving her heart to him and having him leave her without a word. I understand her feelings, but her willingness to fall back down the rabbit hole with him was disconcerting.

It really did feel like an obsessive relationship -- on both sides -- that I had trouble rallying behind. I wish there had been more secondary characters to offer their perspectives and opinions, but Blair only warns Devon vaguely about her happiness. She also threatens Ashton, but there wasn't much fire behind it. It felt like Devon and Ashton were in their own little bubble, which felt unrealistic and didn't offer much variety to the story. I also dislike it when a book does more telling than showing, which I think added a lot of unnecessary dialogue.

Their accidental run-in a year later didn't feel realistic either. They spent an entire summer together on the beach and never discussed their hometowns or schools? Yes, they talked about college, but never about where they went to high school? They mentioned maintaining a relationship once the summer was over, but didn't talk about how that would work? Where they would each be living? Ashton was very cagey during some of their conversations, which might be why that didn't come up, but it still felt off.

I did like the biracial representation, and how the author showed Devon dealing with other people's microaggressions throughout her life. Offhanded comments that are said one way and perceived another -- very well done. The discussions about depression and suicidal ideations was well-represented as well. The author's note at the end is definitely worth reading, and lets the reader know this was an #ownvoices story.

Overall, I enjoyed certain aspects of When the Stars Lead to You, but after skimming through to the end, I know that quitting when I did was the right call for me. A lot of other people really resonated with this story, so check out other reviews before making a final decision!

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  doyoudogear | Nov 12, 2019 |
näyttää 3/3
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