Published by Bloomsbury Children's on September 24th, 2013
Genres: contemporary, young adult
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Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life in small-town Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love—even with someone who seems an improbable choice—is more than just a possibility.Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.
Tarpon Springs is an interesting place. It has a ton of character, it’s a little bit eccentric, and it’s most definitely an awesome place for a book setting. After finishing Where the Stars Still Shine I knew I had to go. It’s only a little over an hour’s drive from where I live, and this was my first opportunity to bring a bookish setting to life right before my very eyes. I think the author did a fantastic job rendering the setting throughout the narrative as it was pretty much exactly how I pictured it.
Alex was the perfect character for me to swoon over. First of all, he was twenty-two. That helps since I really can’t crush on teenagers anymore as it’s not exactly legal. Not only that though, but I loved his personality, how mysterious he was (but not in a cliche way), and how sweet he was.
Thing is, all the characters were perfectly flawed. I didn’t love them all, but that’s okay. Like, I had moments with Kat. There were times when I liked her, but there were times when she was selfish and annoying. The same could be said for Callie though. And definitely her mother. And even though I felt the story was resolved maybe a little too easily, I still enjoyed it very much. Maybe giving it 5 stars was too lenient of me. But I really connected with the story, so there it is.
With characters that jump off the pages, the plot is not particularly the main focus in this book. In fact, I believe this to be a purely character-driven novel as most contemporaries are, and sometimes I don’t like that, but that was not the case here. I don’t think I have liked a YA contemporary this much since Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard.
Do me a favor and preorder this book. You won’t regret that decision.
Is that the bakery where Callie picked up a Greek pastry and coffee and ended up meeting Kat for the first time? I totally think it could have been.