author: Kelley York
released: Published October 1, 2013
format: e-book, paperback
pages: 320 pages
publisher: Entangled Teen
Read: October 6-7, 2013
Book Type: YA, contemporary, mystery, romance, LGBT
When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely.
The reason they’ve never met Chance’s parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance’s quirks—the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness—are now warning signs that something is seriously off.
Then Chance’s mom turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance and his dad. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent…they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word Chance says? (From Goodreads.com)
“When I kiss him, Chance sets a hand in my shirt to hold me right where I am. His lips are dry, but his mouth is warm, and I think… this is how life should be. Chance and me. Kissing him whenever I want.”
The more Entangled Teen books I read, the more I fall in love with this publishing house. They just keep getting it right!
Made of Stars is no exception. It is haunting, gritty, passionate, and raw. The dynamics of the three teens: Chance, Hunter, and Ashlin are complicated. Nothing in this book was simple or followed the YA “pattern”. You were kept guessing, and though some things could be figured out, the way it was written kept you guessing until the very end. I’ve never read a book that is a contemporary romance and a mystery/thriller quite like this one. Somehow, Kelley York meshed the two into this amazing piece of work.
“Chance has the ability to shatter me into the minuscule fragments and base elements of the star I supposedly came from.”
I loved that I was able to root for Hunter and Chance from the beginning. I could see the two point of views: Ashlin and Hunter and their loves for Chance. It was wholly apparent that Hunter and Chance’s souls were inexplicably linked — even if the two took a bit longer to come around. At first Ashlin and Hunter sounded very similar; it was hard to distinguish between the two point of views. But as Hunter explored his feelings for his friend, the two characters became very different. The one thing I really wish would have been a part of the story was Chance’s voice — although I understand why it wasn’t there. The book is full of mystery and not knowing what is going through Chance’s mind — having to glean the facts from the other characters only adds to the story.
Chance twists around, a sad smile on his face as his eyes meet mine. “We’re all made of stars,” he agrees. “We burn bright, then we flicker away.”
Chance & Hunter were beautiful. They made my heart fill with emotion and the two dug their way into my soul. The imagery and language Kelley uses to show them fall into each other is just breathtaking. I am a lover of books that compare our lives to stars (These Broken Stars, The Fault in Our Stars, The Little Prince, etc…) and this one earned a place among the greats.
Overall, this is a coming-of-age story at its finest. It is a powerful composition on love, family, and growing up. I gave this book a 5, rather than a 4 for how it ended. I won’t say more, because it really is something you have to experience for yourself, but I will say that it was executed perfectly. The book is well-written (that’s an understatement!), captivating, mysterious, thrilling, and beautiful. It will break your heart, but you won’t be able to put it down for one minute.
*I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review.*
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