How painful the way to Portland can be.
Ellory & Ret, Ret & Ellory. Best friends against the world, at least the complicated world high school and teen years can be. In the way to conquer it all, they’ll find true love and two roads in a yellow wood. Which one would they take?MY REVIEW
Once in a while I get the chance to find a book that reminds me why I love reading so much. “See All the Stars” is definitely one of those.
It kept me interested from page 1 to the very end of the story. I was desperate to know more and more, and the author found the way to make me care –really care– about Ellory.
Somehow, she became more than a character to me. She was real. I wanted to talk to her and let her know that everything would be alright. Even at this moment, I wish I could give her hug.
This story touched me deeply, not because it was something I could relate to, but because it was developed in such a way that, as a witness, I was given everything I needed to sympathize with the main character’s feelings, insecurities, and fears.
I couldn’t wait to know what the big secret was. It was driving me crazy, and, when the truth was uncovered, I put the book aside for a minute and let it sink in. I was so moved by it.
I think part of the reason why I was so drawn into the story had to do with the structure of it. The “then” and “now” thing. That was so good.
However, what I assume is intended to be the most shocking part of the book didn’t have a huge impact in me, maybe because I was so lost trying to digest previous revelations.
Anyway, it was a real pleasure to read this debut novel. I really enjoyed it and learned at least two important lessons from the story: sometimes the things you don’t say can hurt your relationship more than the things you say; and, of course, friends are supposed to be friends, not followers.
Great read!FAVORITE QUOTES
+ “You know that feeling when you’ve been waiting so long for something to happen and then when it finally does, you almost don’t believe it?” // Yeah, been there.
+ “Every molecule in my being is screaming run away, and that’s exactly why I have to stay.”ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kit Frick is a novelist, poet, and MacDowell Colony fellow. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from Syracuse University. When she isn’t putting complicated characters in impossible situations, Kit edits poetry and literary fiction for a small press, edits for private clients, and mentors emerging writers through Pitch Wars.