Review: She Dims the Stars

Saturday, 9 January 2016
She Dims the Stars She Dims the Stars by Amber L. Johnson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book has left me with mixed feelings despite it being a really sweet and poignant story with a heartfelt message.

I loved the characters and their connection but for some reason the story didn't pull me in a hard as I expected. At times I found the story lacked some fluidity and as a result it was a little difficult to follow. I was going to stop reading it a few times but then I just had to find out what happened to Audrey and Elliott, and Cline. Despite my misgivings, I was glad that I read on until the end. The conclusion was probably as perfect as it could be, given what Audrey went through. It wasn't an artificial ending, and for that I have to praise the author as she managed to maintain the overall feeling throughout the story without creating an unrealistic conclusion.

By the end of the book, I felt like I have been on the road with the group as I faced their ups and downs with them. The reasons behind Audrey's problems did seem unrealistic though. I understand that her clashes with her step-mother attributed to her problems with surely just talking to her father would have given her the answers she desperately sought.

This was quite a short read but one to leave you with a clear message about depression and anxiety, so I commend the author for tackling such a difficult and emotive subject.

As my rating suggests, overall I liked the book and I suspect each reader will reach their own conclusions as to how to interpret the story. Love it or hate it though, it packs a powerful punch.

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