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Where the Stars Still Shine

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  8,700 ratings  ·  945 reviews
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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Blackwidow This book is about Callie being kidnapped by her mother when she was young, after her mother is arrested she is sent back to her father and his new fa…moreThis book is about Callie being kidnapped by her mother when she was young, after her mother is arrested she is sent back to her father and his new family. It was a good book and you should read it if you haven't already.(less)
Blackwidow I thought Callie was a slut for sleeping around with a bunch of random guys, especially in the back ones truck.

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Trish Doller
Aug 14, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote
I've read it once or twice. I like it. ...more
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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.

Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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

I really enjoyed this book. It's got a bunch of gritty elements -- at the age of 5, narrator Callie was kidnapped by her troubled mother following a bitter divorce, and they've been on the run ever since; one of her mother's boyfriends molested Callie when she was only 8; Callie assumes boys only want her for sex and has never said no to anyone -- and yet, the story in many ways feels as sunny as the town in Florida where Callie is sent to live with her father at long last, and where she learns
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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
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
Ginger at GReadsBooks
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and unforgettable. Literally.


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
Susan's Reviews
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I still gave this a 5 star rating, even though I felt the ending was a bit rushed.
Callie is reunited with her father after years on the run with her mother. She has missed out on so much, and her father now has a new young family.

Callie has her own demons to contend with apart from trying to integrate into a ready made family. Alex helps her deal with some of the difficulties, but when her mother returns and tries to convince her to go on the run again, she has some major decisions to make.

I lov
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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Liza Wiemer
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ala
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
2015 reread: just as addicting. So, so good. I love Greg.

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 ta
Since I read this an eternity ago, here’s a quick, disorganized rundown of my thoughts:

* The romance is terrible and goes something like this: Insta-love, Oh-you-must-be-mine, sex, small talk, talk about sponges, angst, more sex, indecisiveness, food, and small talk.
I do not approve.

The air between us is thick with want. Mine. His. It doesn’t make sense because I don’t know him. I don’t even know his name. He’s only the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen and I’m so, so tempted.
This is the fi
a story that shines so bright it will hurt your eyes to look
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
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
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
No, no, no, no, no!

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Jenna D.
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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 t
Kim  *Mo Chridhe*
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
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was undoubtedly extremely good, I just found myself wanting more of everything really, leaving me with an unsatisfied feeling.

UPDATE 07/09/16
I've moved rooms and so therefore having to go through my book collection and have decided to donate some books, including this one. I just found it so lacking and just, something big was missing, and it was the connection to the characters that makes me love books like this, and I just didn't feel it at all here. It just lacked the Morgan Matson
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bloomsbury
The one thing I've noticed about Trish Doller's writing style, is that she can capture your attention within a few pages and holds you captive until you turn that final page. Callie has lived her life out of a suitcase, often taking off in the middle of the night at the insistence of her mother. Over ten years ago, Callie was stolen from her father, a man her mother claims only ever wanted her daughter to spite her. With no regard for Callie's safety, she
Jessi Kirby
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh, the love I have for this book! Family, romance, the sea, and a little Greek town I now have to visit! You guys are gonna love this one!
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Only one thing about Callie's life is constant- her mother. The mother that took her away from her family over a decade ago. Now Callie's life consists of month-to-month apartments and hotels, food that she can get from a vending machine down the street, and clothes that she gets at local thrift stores boasting that town's names and schools to help her fit in. And let's not forget the slew of less than honorable men that her mother spends time with. But that life comes to an end when Callie's mo ...more
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Dollar, after person after person loved it and cried over it. Unfortunately, I didn't have the same emotional capacity for it.

Like many contemporary novels, Where the Stars Still Shine embodied a young girl named Callie adjusting to her new life, one with a constant, one without her mother, one with friends and family and love. Ripped from her mother, her life of constant fleeing, and reunited with her family, we immediately had an intere
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
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
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