Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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.
Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.
Well written book about that reminded me a bit of "If You Find Me." This one is written more toward the YA reader but much grittier. Callie was kidnapped by her mentally ill mother and kept on the run for 12 years. When she is discovered and returned to her father and his new family, she is also accepted into an entire big, fat Greek family. Callie struggles with fitting in but immediately is smitten by the Greek god, Alexandros, the sponge fisherman. And he with her.
It's a good book and leaves you with a "feel good" feeling.
Solid 3.5 stars.