Title: Girl Made of Stars
Author: Ashley Herring Blake
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 Stars)
Publisher: HMH BFYR
Release Date: May 15, 2018
“Once upon a time a brother and sister lived with the stars. They were happy, and had wild adventures exploring the sky.”
This book was so good, but so sad. I knew I wanted to read this as soon as I heard about it, and the fact that it took me this long to pick up is a shame. Girl Made of Stars follows Mara as she battling her own demons and discovers her brother is accused of raping one of her friends. I just felt this heavy weight on my chest the entire time reading this. In the most distressing and comforting ways. Like, this book kinda made me nauseous, but I loved every second of it.
Mara is such a strong, courageous, and honest character -I immediately loved her. She such an inspirational character, someone I feel I can truly look up too who strives to do the right thing even when it’s hard and scary. The family situation was heartbreaking and painful to read, because twin stories are my everything, but seeing the relationship so irrevocably changed hurt. I thought Hannah was another wonderful character who gives new meaning to the word brave. Basically all the members of Empowered (the on-campus feminist group co-founded by Mara) was awesome and I only want good things for them.
The solidarity in the story was so encouraging and really lifted the story, even though it deals with such a heavy topic. I loved seeing Mara grow into herself and how the story explored accountability, self-worth, high school politics, and rape culture. Girl Made of Stars is a must read for fans of deeply emotional books that will stay with you long after the final page.
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