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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...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Trish Doller
Nov 07, 2012 Trish Doller added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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I've read it once or twice. I like it.
Khanh (Destroyer of Dreams)
I had a little bit of an personal identity crisis while reading a novel...I had to set the book aside at one point to ask myself: Am I a horrible person? Am I completely lacking in emotions, in empathy? Do I even have a heart? How else do I explain my complete lack of interest, and in fact, my dislike for the main character, someone who has been kidnapped and molested?

Maybe I didn't need to question my basest nature. Maybe it was just the book and its completely forgettable characters and plot.

T...more
♥Rachel♥
Where the Stars Still Shine was an uplifting story that will make you angry, fill your heart with joy, and make you swoon.

Callie was kidnapped by her mother, a completely selfish woman. When faced with the prospect of losing custody because of her erratic and neglectful behavior, she takes five year old Callie and runs. Twelve years later the law finally catches up with them and Callie is returned to her father who’s been looking for her for years. While she wasn’t outright abused by her mother...more
Keertana
Where the Stars Still Shine is something entirely special. When Doller’s Something Like Normal released last year, I knew I’d found a debut author to watch out for; little did I expect, however, that her sophomore novel would be this beautiful, poignant, and touching. And yet, perhaps the best thing is that no matter what it is that she’s writing, Doller’s passion for her work, her characters, and her settings is all so vivid and seeps through the pages, making her stories fly by in the span of...more
Melanie
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1.5 stars

Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.


Either way, when she's ready to go, there is no arguing. There is only leaving.


I feel like such a black sheep right now, I don't even feel like a sheep. Yeah, that's one way to describe what I'm feeling this second. I was so so ready for this amazing, coming of age novel to wipe me off my feet but instead, I'm standing here awkwardly won...more
Ginger (GReads!)
Beautiful and unforgettable. Literally.

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Original review posted at GReads!

I had the honor of reading a very early copy of this story (thank you Trish!), so I'll start by saying my review may be a bit biased since Trish is a friend of mine. However, even if I did not have the friendship I do with Trish, I know for a fact I would still love this woman's writing. Knowing the person behind these beautiful words is just an added bonus.

The story begins on the road...more
Louisa
Ever fallen hard for a band after their first album and stalked their every move/cover/single for the second album expecting the same auditory brilliance, if not better? Ever bought the second album just to land hard back down on Earth because, dear God, what the ever-loving HECK happened to that amazing band you love (or used to love at this point)?

*points at this book*

I loved Trish Doller's debut novel Something Like Normal. It was beautifully written, the romance well-crafted, the character e...more
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
Everything about this book was flawless for me. I literally can’t think of one thing about it that could have been better. Trish Doller wrote a story that made my heart explode into pieces so small they shouldn’t have been able to been able to be put back together — but somehow she managed to put them back together with a moving story of family, second chances, love and facing your future despite your past. If you like amazing character development that feels incredibly real and makes you feel e...more
Liza Wiemer
Astonishing, breathtaking. Deeply moving. I can't say enough about how incredible I thought this novel was. It's one of those books you may want to read twice, just to take it all in.

Thank you to Bloomsbury for an ARC.

Seventeen-year-old Callie has had the childhood from hell. For at least ten years, she traveled from town to town to town with her mother. But life changes with the flash of blue lights and a trip to a police station. I don't want to ruin the story for anyone, so I won't say more a...more
Ali
This book was undoubtedly extremely good, I just found myself wanting more of everything really, leaving me with an unsatisfied feeling.
Carla
a story that shines so bright it will hurt your eyes to look
Jaime Arkin
It’s near impossible to write reviews for books that I love. I always worry that I won’t explain fully to those of you reading it about why I think you should spend your money on a copy.

Where the Stars Still Shine falls into this category of book for me. I’ve actually had this book since early May. I read it even before going to BEA, and since then, I’ve opened up documents and attempted writing down my feelings about it over and over. I might probably still be staring at a blank document if th...more
Kelly
It's a helluva sophomore novel.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Trish Doller’s debut novel wasn’t one that I ordinarily would have picked out or been particularly interested in, but the reviews convinced me to give Something Like Normal a try. That was a wonderful bookish decision, because, though the topic itself didn’t appeal to me, Doller still managed to lure me into the book, a hold that didn’t release until the last page. In fact, the main character wasn’t someone I could relate to in the slightest, and the kind of person I would ordinarily loathe, but...more
Jenna Does Books
This review can be found on my blog, Jenna Does Books.

I struggled writing my review for WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller. Not because the book lacked for anything (because it doesn’t), nor because I didn’t like it (because I adore it). More-so, I struggled because I wanted to adequately put into words just how much this story means to me, both as a reader as well as someone who is highly familiar with the book’s setting. Rare is it that one has the opportunity to read a book that tak...more
Kim
3.5 stars

Being the emotional reader that I am, I knew that I was headed for good things when I started to tear up early into the story. Callie is a seventeen-year-old girl who was abducted by her mother when she was only five. She knows this, yet she stays with her mother because she was made to believe that her father didn't love and want her. They spend their lives constantly on the run, squatting in model homes, abandoned houses and overstaying in cheap motels. During an unplanned move in the...more
Anna
Some preliminary thoughts: Trish Doller can write, y'all. I teared up multiple times while reading this book, for friendship reasons, father daughter reasons, mother daughter reasons, innocence reasons, acceptance reasons...lots of reasons. Also, I think that this book may appeal to those who read Uses for Boys and came away disappointed not by the subject matter but by the execution. Callie benefits from the more developed characterization that many felt Anna lacked, and the focus is primarily...more
Tracey Neithercott
I’ve been sitting here, going on five minutes now, trying to write this review. And it sucks—the nonwriting, that is—because there is so much to say about this book. Somehow, though, I’m not sure it’ll get across how much I truly loved it.

Here’s the thing about Trish Doller’s Where the Stars Still Shine: It simultaneously rips your heart out and puts it back together. I meant that, too. There’s no heart-wrenching beginning with a happy end. It’s all woven together—blips of Callie’s past here, fl...more
Donna  Happy Booker
Where the Stars Still Shine was a quietly powerful book that is impossible to put down once you begin. I found myself up into the wee hours of the morning even though I had to work in just a few short hours but I simply had to finish the book. I tried putting it down a few times but couldn't get the story out of my head so had to return to it. I was able to relate to and connect with Callie in such a way that I was lost in her story. My heart ached for her lonely life with a mentally unstable mo...more
Estelle
My gosh. Magan is going to be writing the full review for Rather Be Reading Blog but I had to share my two cents on here.

I was a big fan of Something Like Normal. I'm always impressed when authors can convey so much in a short amount of pages, in such succinct writing styles and Doller totally did it there.

In When the Stars Still Shine though, whoa. Callie is fighting this obligation she has to her mother, even though she was the one to take her away from her dad and entire family when she was y...more
Isamlq
It’s a mash up of Dessen and Elizabeth Scott of unexpected sweet family moments for someone with baggage galore except this read older, especially in the romance department. But first, to the good. She’s torn between what she’s known for such a long time: not happy but not broken over where she finds herself. I like the whole thing of her being who she is: loyal but angry, especially as she knows who’s been doing the saving all along. I like that she knew what she could do and not do and there w...more
Jen
5 stars
I remember reading Trish Doller’s debut novel last year, Something Like Normal, and really super enjoyed it. I was more than ecstatic to pick up the Stars Still Shine, and, after reading it, I can happily say that this made it to my 2013 favorites.

Laced with a gorgeous writing style throughout the entire novel, Where the Stars Still Shine was a vivid story with a very realistic setting in the small town in Florida. This particular setting really enhanced the story for me, and it was utter...more
Rose
Initial reaction: Probably 2.5 - 3 stars from me. I wanted to like "Where the Stars Still Shine" much more than I did, but Callie was just too unlikable for me to get behind. She didn't really have a sense of responsibility, and while parts of that I could say that was probably due to her upbringing and circumstances, othertimes, it was a bit too hard to suspend disbelief, particularly since the coming to terms was a bit too quick to digest in the end.

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Adele
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Sarah
Sep 30, 2013 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Well, I had to plug my kindle in because the battery was dead so I could read the last 50 pages at 2 in the morning. Which is exactly (no lie) what I did with Something Like Normal. This is hands-down one of my favorite books of the year and I can't wait to see what Trish does next. I wrote more about it on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves: http://cleareyesfullshelves.com/blog/...

Angela (:
This gets published not even a week away from my birthday, omg. ♥

Anna
Trish's books are going to be the death of me. Sexier than her first novel, and just as tough, but in a different way.
ALPHAreader
For Callie there’s the road and her mum and not much else. They bounce from place to place, sometimes they rent apartments, once they slept in a vacant model home and the occasional backseat of a stolen car has not been unheard of. For the last ten years, Callie’s life has been directed by her mother’s paranoid whims. When Veronica gets an itch or starts to think people are following them, she packs them up and moves them on. Some things remain the same; like the dive-bars and bad men her mother...more
Christal
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I thought Where the Stars Still Shine was pretty fantastic. It had a few bumps that kept it being perfect, but overall it was a very engaging and worthwhile read. Trish Doller set this book in the heavily Greek-influenced town of Tarpon Springs, FL and the setting almost became a character in itself! This vivid imagery combines with the sympathetic yet heavily flawed characters to create one beautiful story!

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Jen
Wow, just---wow! <3!! This was like a gift I didn't even know I needed.

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