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Trigger Warnings: rape, sexual assault, misogyny, victim blaming
Release Date: May 15th, 2018
Publisher: Houghton Muffin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Review: here
“I need Owen to explain this. Because yes, I do know that Owen would never do that, but I also know Hannah would never lie about something like that.”
Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie.
As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.
R A M B L E
I’ve read two of Ashley Herring Blake’s books and they’ve both ripped me to shreds. Her beautifully diverse books have a way of making you feel joy, regret, love and sadness throughout the book. It is truly difficult to transcribe just how they do make you feel. The first book I read of hers, How To Make A Wish, left me so completely heartbroken I was unable to fully compose a review. In this case, I do need to review Girl Made of Stars becasue it was sent to me in exchange for a review, so let’s get real into this ramble, my friends.
Girl Made of Stars really tackles some difficult issues, like sexual assault and victim blaming. The author made sure to deal with these issues head-on, not shying away and going as far to make you as the reader uncomfortable. I mean, I sure was uncomfortable during some of these points.
This really was such a heartbreaking story in so many ways. I truly wasn’t expecting the level of death which was written in Girl Made of Stars. I also wasn’t expecting all the star sign references and for them to play such a large part in some of the dialogue throughout. A few of my friends love star signs, so they were very excited when I told them about this particular fact.
I can’t speak for any of the rep that is featured throughout this book, but as this book hits release I will definitely come back and try to add as many own voices reviews as I can.
P L O T
The plot for Girl Made of Stars is heavy. It is difficult and it is uncomfortable. With so many sexual assault stories coming out in the media I really felt it was finally the perfect time for me to read this. I really feel like this book is important to fiction and I truly hope many of you will choose to pick it up when it hits bookstores in May. I recommend it highly.
Mara’s twin Owen has been accused of raping his girlfriend. But, would he do that? Her twin brother? The person she knows better than anyone else and shared a womb with for nine months? She’s not sure. What she does know is that Owen’s girlfriend Hannah wouldn’t lie about something like this. Which leaves Mara is a messy middle where she needs to work out who she supports during this.
During this Mara is also dealing with something from her past that caused problems with her ex-girlfriend and best friend (they’re the same person) Charlie.
I really can’t even begin to describe this. It was heartbreaking. Almost every chapter left me desperately needing more because I needed to know how Mara would deal with the situation at hand. I was thankful for the choices she made at the end of the book.
C H A R A C T E R S
#M A R A
Mara was an incredibly strong character. That is putting it lightly. I’ve really been staring at the cursor on my page for about ten minutes trying to work out how to begin to describe Mara. She wasn’t what I was expecting, thats for sure. She was so much better.
This author has such a talent for writing strong and powerful female characters. They go through such a process throughout the books she writes that truly leaves you aching. Mara was no different. She has her battles and she dealt with them, sometimes in a messy way and sometimes in a correct way. It was truly just amazing to witness her growth throughout the book.
She’s basically left me speechless.
O V E R A L L
Overall, I can’t wait to get my hands on the finished copy of Girl Made of Stars. I absolutely adore all of Ashley Herring Blake’s books that I have read and would recommend them to literally everyone. She truly has a way for words and her diverse casts are truly beautiful.
Happy reading everyone!
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