Title: Where the Stars Still ShineFrom Goodreads: 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 a small town in 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.
Author: Trish Dollar
Release Date: September 24th 2013
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My review: You all know that I love contemporary YA with all my heart, so I was so thrilled when I got approved to read this one early by Netgalley. Without a doubt, I adored it. Dollar creates characters that worm their way into your heart and makes you want to keep flipping pages. I enjoyed getting to know Callie and all of the troubles she'd experienced as well as everything she experienced with her new life with her dad.
One of the best things I loved about this book was that Dollar avoids the cliche love interest troupes and throws you for a curve. I thought I had a good feeling of where she was going with the characters based on other YA books I read, but it totally went in another direction! It was very, very refreshing, to say the least.
I also loved the huge role that family played in this one. It made this contemporary seem very well-rounded and realistic.
This is a brilliantly crafted YA contemporary, and I highly recommend picking it up!