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Counting Stars

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  47 reviews
A new life in a new city - what could possibly go wrong . . . ?

When eighteen-year-old Anna leaves school and moves to Liverpool, she feels like her life is finally beginning. She's landed her dream job at a theatre, and she's moving into an exciting (if not slightly run-down) flat on a buzzing street lined with shops, bars, and buskers. Best of all, her new flatmates are k
Published September 2015 by Hot Key Books
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Bee (Heart Full of Books)
So, I liked that this was dealing with 18+ characters because I can't really connect with 16/17 year olds as much anymore because we have different anxieties. And anxiety is the thing I feel was missing from this book. Where were the down to earth conversations about money and 'what the heck am I going to do with my life??' ?

I think it's trivialising to portray the 18-21 lifestyle as getting drunk, partying and having sex. More often than not, the conversations I have with my friends are about
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stand-alones, ukya, arcs
Tomorrow is this book's birthday! My present will be my review!
Lauren James
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia, fandom, ukya
I read this in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. I've been itching for a good 'first year of uni' book in forever and this really hit the spot. It's full of inter-housemate romances and scandalous plot developments and it's just deliciously perfect.
I fell in love with all of the characters and I would like to marry Alfie, please and thank you.

If you're a fan of Fresh Meat or Being Human then I highly recommend you check this out.
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Counting Stars' is another brilliant YA read- taking a simple situation and turning it into a unique story, that I have never read before. Anna is moving to Liverpool, but rather than going to university she is going to work at a theatre where she previously had a successful internship. Lola offered Anna the job, and managed to help Anna find somewhere to live, sharing a flat with some housemates who are similar in age to her, including Lola's brother Alfie. But everything may not go according ...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
What an amazing book about leaving home and navigating jobs and friendships and sex.
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk-author, signed
Originally published at http://solittletimeforbooks.blogspot....

I’m a big fan of Keris and her books so when I discovered she was writing an older novel about a girl leaving home for the first time, I was extremely excited. Justly so, it turns out!

Keris has been a champion of diversity of all kinds in YA for a long time and it really showed in the effortless way it existed in Counting Stars. One of Anna’s new housemates, Sean, is gay, but it's not made a big deal of at all. He’s just a boy who h
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really don't know where to start with this review. I picked up Counting Stars as I had heard some good things about it, and it's also set in my city.  It's the first book I have read by the author, Keris Stainton, so I had no idea what to expect.

After finishing Counting Stars I am still torn about my review. I did enjoy reading it, and learning a lot about the different places in Liverpool I have not visited, although I do only go there for book shopping. But as a story it didn't really do any
3.5 Stars

So here’s the thing about Keris Stainton’s writing – it’s really easy to get completely lost in it and forget to put the book down. This is what has happen with pretty much every single one I’ve read so far. I start, I finish, in one sitting. There is no break in between. Counting Stars was no different.

Anna is set on her new exiting life in Liverpool. Only then the job falls through and she now has to find another something else. She’s got somewhere to stay though, with some interesti
Rhian Ivory
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you liked FRIENDS or THIS LIFE or any other programme of that kind you'll love Counting Stars.
You know you are in good hands with a Keris Stainton book because there's nothing she's written that I haven't loved.
What I particularly liked about this book is the way in which she deals with friendship and that awkward stage where you are ready to leave home but not quite sure of your place in the big world.
Stainton also explore what happens when your Plan A fails and there's no Plan B to speak of
4.5 stars. Absolutely fantastic! Great exploration of relationships, and relatable tale about growing up and moving on. Packs a punch with a mix of emotions and drama with fab diversity. Great characters, hilarious and everything tied up real nice at the end!

One of the best books contemporaries I've read, and really glad this was my first Keris Stainton novel. Her writing is absolutely exquisite and engaging and I can't wait to see her next masterpiece.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite sweet, VERY British contemporary. Not one of my favourites but had some golden characters that I gobbled up happily. It wrapped up all a leeeeettle too quickly and conveniently for me but none-the-less a lovely, quick read. And I do love reading about a good flatshare.
Jess Birch
Actual rating is 3.5.

I read this book last year and remembered loving it. However this time round it sort of bugged me.

I really think this book would be so useful for kids aged 16-18 when they have no clue what they want to do or they're moving away etc. and I feel that's who the target audience is for.

I myself am from Liverpool which is the only reason I picked up this book a year or so ago. I love it when authors set their stories in my city because I like to see how true they make it. I star
Katey Lovell
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't get enough of books about tight-knit friendship groups at the moment and newfound friendship is the basis for Counting Stars. Anna excitedly leaves home to start afresh in Liverpool, and quickly settles into life in a shared house in the city centre. Her housemates are her new best friends and she's open and honest with them about so many things- the fact the job she moved to Liverpool for has fallen through, that she's not used to drinking, that she's a virgin... but she doesn't mention ...more
Emily Mead
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, na
I’m really happy that New Adult is a genre that’s slowly expanding.

And also a genre that isn’t just “YA with sex.” Because, you know, next year I’ll be at university and doing all the adulting things, and I think it’s great that I’ll have at least SOME books with protagonists going through the same thing.

Although let me just say that I’m SO glad I’m not in Anna’s shoes.

But it was nice to have a character whose plans didn’t involve university or college or whatever. And it was nice for a perspect
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read. It took me a while to get into it as the third-person narration can sometimes seem as if you're an outsider looking in, and this very much felt like that. It was a tad stilted, a tad awkward, but I soon got into it and it ended up being a really enjoyable book. It was relatively drama-free, too, which is always amazing, although I knew Anna's other personality was going to end up causing trouble for her - she was too naive, too willing to just spill random details o ...more
Joséphine (Word Revel)
Note: I received a finished copy for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Initial thoughts: This book kept things thoroughly real. It's also the kind of book I was looking for when I was still in university but couldn't find. There were quite a lot of characters to keep track of in Counting Stars but I think that that was a good thing. The depth of an individual character might have suffered a little as a result but this s
Fiona M
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5
Truthful, honest, hard to read at times but something I wish I had been published when I first left home. The ups and downs of things not going the way you think and how you are the adult now and you have to figure it out. Just brilliant.
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've been fortunate to have read a copy of this fantastic new novel already. Funny, clever, sweet & relevant, Keris Stainton has created a gang of characters you'll love and care about. It'll make you laugh, cry and even shout, "What are you doing?!?" whilst reading.
Alicia Brooks
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely, just lovely. Perfectly captures the feeling of figuring out what you want to do, who you want to be and being a small fish in a very big pond.
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this.
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
I picked this book up because is set in my favorite city, Liverpool. I know, it's sad that the only reason for me picking this up is the setting.
What I didn't expect was to fall in love with almost all the characters. This was such a warm book. It didn't focus on sex, but on growing up, getting to know who you are, to experience love and heartbreak.

All I have to say is that I need more books about this friend group because I felt like the sixth roommate and I am pretty sure one of the rooms so
Trish Hills
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Counting Stars is a great book! Kind of a modern day coming of age story. The characters are awesome, the setting of Liverpool city centre is perfect and the whole story flows so smoothly. I absolutely love and identify with Anna and I think she's a great role model for young women. Well done, Keris, on another fantastic book!
June Jones
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable romance.
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was gutted to have not picked up a copy of this at YALC last month and was so annoyed with myself! It isn’t out until September but they had early paperbacks for sale but in the huge rush of YALC I missed out on buying a copy. However I was so lucky to get a copy via NetGalley and dived straight in!

I have a lot I want to say about this novel so this could be a long one!

Counting Stars centres around Anna who moves to Liverpool to start working in a theatre whilst all of her peers are off to uni
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Famous for fun, light novels like Jessie Hearts NYC and Emma Hearts LA - and of course as an avid champion of One Direction – Counting Stars sees Keris Stainton, one of the most recognisable names in UKYA, take on a very different kind of book. A uniquely British blend of comedy and drama, Counting Stars is a tale of housemates, heartbreaks, relationships, mistakes, family, vlogging, job-hunting and general life disasters. It’s messy, uncompromising and perfect for fans of Skins and Gavin & ...more
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review may contain some spoilers!!

When I discovered Counting Stars in my local book store I thought this would be a easy and fun read. 100 pages in, I was considering to stop reading and never ever open the book again. Why? Because Anna is one of the stupidest and the most spoiled characters ever. She's whining about everything. EVERYTHING! And her vlogs.. Don't get me started on her vlogs and youtube persona. When Anna is not whining about her cold mother, she is making video blogs about h
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
The final year of school is an emotional time. There are goodbyes to best friends, leaving scores and so many decisions. But it’s what comes next which can often be more confusing and confronting. Starting university or joining the full-time work force is challenging, but for many people this is also mixed with their first experience of living away from home and fending for themselves. I can’t say I’ve read too many books which explore this time in life, but Counting Stars captures it brilliantl ...more
Anya (An Awful Lot of Reading)
I was so impressed with Keris' latest novel, it was funny and raw and heartfelt and so well balanced. It tells of Anna moving to Liverpool, moving out of her childhood home and starting an exciting new job in the big city. However, things aren't that great; her job isn't there waiting for her anymore due to hiring freeze, she's terribly homesick and embarrassed and so annoyed. Not that I blame her, her perfect new start was pulled out from under her feet. But Anna does an admirably job of taking ...more
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a brilliant read because these days there is so much emphasis on going to university after A levels, but it's not for everyone. I liked how Anna takes the alternate career route, deals with moving out of home just like others move into university halls of residence/student housing, and makes a lot of mistakes.

While she doesn't always make the right choice, I like seeing her mistakes because I can relate to making other mistakes in my life. She shows a lot of determination to st
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