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He changed my life.
With a smile, a flick of his wrist and a death-defying stunt.
He was six and I was five.
And now, thirteen years later, I am hopelessly in love.
There is only a slight problem.
He doesn’t know I exist.
He’s the star quarterback.
I’m a science nerd who hides in the shadows.
I don’t need anyone to tell me that college won't change anything.
I know he’s the star of
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Published April 30th 2016 by Malorie Verdant
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Lisa Jayne
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
THREE OPPOSITES ATTRACT STARS.

"I’m sure my heart would have fallen for him. But my heart was already slightly his because I knew who he was."

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When I first started to notice the build up to this book's release, I was sold by the blurb and (cough, cough) the pleasing to the eye cover. Add into the mix that I love to read debut romance releases and I was happy to sign my name on the dotted line to jump right in. Combine sweet, with a little angst and a couple who showcase what opposites attract i
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Catarina
3,5 Sweet Stars.

Parker was in love in Grayson since she was a little girl and their lives crossed paths win a difficult moment for Grayson.
So makes sense than when she goes to college, Penmore us the right choice, not only has a good science department, but Gayson’s is also a quarterback there. She never thought she had a shot with him since he didn’t even know who she was, until he notices her and everything changes. As their relationship progresses she know she needs to tell him the truth, b
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✿kawehi.reviews
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
☆ I received an ARC via FMR Book Studio in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆

Stars was a super sweet romance that had a tragic twist that I had not seen coming.

Parker Elliot has been in love with Grayson "Gray" Waters ever since she can remember.

PROMO SPIDERGIRL

He's the hot and and up and coming next NFL star attending Penmore University the following school year next year ≠ and she's the quintessential girl next door who has always lived next door to Grayson a window away and yet he doesn't know t
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Alexandra
Apr 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: college, meh
A good read but I'm afraid forgettable. Some things in this book are not believable, even if you suspend your reality check when reading fiction. There's no way a girl and a boy are next door neighbors (yes, you read it right: next door) and go to the same school, and the boy never realized the girl existed. I find it hard to believe this! I always liked the "I've loved you for years" storyline, and I didn't think there was an excess of angst in the story, hence the 3 stars rating.
★ Belle The Bibliophile ★
Of course Hero only notices her when she gets hot. :) Of course heroine is actually a HOT girl before her makeover. But OF COURSE she doesn't know that!!!!!!! :) ALMOST EVERYONE NOTICES THAT BUT HER!!! Apparently, she's a special snowflake that turns every guy on!!! One look at her and suddenly guys start chasing her. Of course. :) :) :)

-rolls my eyes-

I'm too annoyed to finish this book so maybe I'll ~revisit~ this one later. It's a DNF for now.
Christine Alibutud
"I figured that was what love was.

Love was willing to be someone different, someone the other person needs over your own inadequacies or beliefs, to ensure they were the happiest version of themselves.

Love was wanting more in every possible way."

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Like one of the books I've previously read, Stars was good...until it wasn't. The prologue got me hooked. I was a sucker for those kind of beginnings and it actually came out as some sort of cutesey vibe—which, by the way, I need.
"So instead of fal
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Shanda
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Fabulous Debut Stars

I absolutely loved Malorie Verdant’s debut Stars. It has everything I love about N/A sports romance. A sweet beginning, a nerdy and awkward heroine, and the football player with a good heart.

I was hooked from the intro. Parker is the shy nerdy girl that stalks the hot guy on campus. The hot guy also happens to be the boy she grew up next door to, Grayson. Parker has been in love with Grayson since they were little. As a sad little girl grieving she made an attempt to bec
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TITLE: Stars
SERIES: (Penmore, #1)
AUTHOR: Malorie Verdant
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 30th, 2016

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This is "Malorie Verdant's" debut novel and it goes without saying that I have a weakness for books like this..

STARS: Kicks us off in the Prologue (One Year Ago) where Parker shamefully sets her clock alarm for 10.00pm to coincide with Grayson arriving home at 10
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Angie
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: athletes, new-adult
In a lot of ways this book followed the NA formula (football-playing, popular manwhore falls for the shy, nerdy, hotty-but-doesn't-know-she's-a-hotty girl) but Stars had just enough originality to keep me interested.

I like the idea of Parker knowing Grayson for years as his next door neighbor but he doesn't even know she exists. Yes, it was a bit creepy that she watched him all the time through his window and followed him to college and it was easy to see why Grayson would think so. But Parker
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Tatia
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fmr-reviews
4.5 stars

Stars turned out to be more than I expected. I thought this was going to be my next easy read, a sweet story that I knew I'd love. It turned out to be all of those things and more.
When you first start to read, it may seem like your typical girl next door falls for the high school quarterback, but don't be fooled. Parker fell in love with Grayson when they were just kids. When the one chance she has to introduce herself goes horribly wrong, she settles with just observing from afar. Sh
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Sparklybearsy¤°.¸¸.•´¯`»
3.75 cute stars

New to me author.
Sports romance.
College romance.
Nerdy girl.
Hot football star.

It was a lot cute and had minimal drama towards the end. Not sure how you can live next door to someone and not know they exist. But that's the premise of this book. heroine had spied on the hero for years and crushed on him without him knowing her at all. She doesn't stalk him, but she does go to the same college as him in hopes of seeing him, but again this isn't a stalker situation. Their meeting
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Bella
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 Stars

There were a lot of things to like about this story, including the fact it was a sports romance, set in College, with a hot-shot quarterback – three of my favourite things. It took no time at all to make my way through the book, it was an easy read, and I liked that it was told in dual POV.

Though I enjoyed the majority of the story, there were a few things that didn’t sit well with me and ultimately killed my buzz. I’ll explain…

Thumbs UP

There are a trio of things that automatically
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Tash
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed @ Confessions From Romaholics
Review copy kindly provided by author/publicist in exchange for a honest review
Star is a cute novel that takes a what if situation and makes it into fictional reality. Our heroine Parker Elliot grew up as the nerdy girl. She wasn’t noticed by many and it was fine by her. However there was the one she wanted to be noticed by. Grayson’ Gray’ Waters , star footballer and her next door neighbour.

She had a crush on him every since she can remember, ever since sh
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Beverly Southern Babes Book Blog
Wow I'm not even sure where to start on my review for this book. I'm simply just blown away. I mean what's not to love about a little girl falling for the boy next door, even though he has no idea she even exist.
Parker is the shy, nerds girl who stays in the shadows. She has a best friend Mille and her dad what more could she need? One day she noticed the boy next door in his room in a spiderman costume. She hasn't be able to look away since. He has helped her through some rough times. The ligh
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Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
3.5 stars

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Stars is a really good book about the nerdy girl next door who wants the football popular boy to finally notice her. Has this storyline been done before? Yes it has but at least for me, Stars had a little different twist. It wasn’t a nerdy girl having to tutor the jock, or the jock having a bet with his teammates. It is how I picture every nerdy girl/popular romance should be. When the popular guy notices her, not after weeks of tutoring sessions o
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United Indie Book Blog
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant debut novel for this author, I loved it and didn’t want it to end!

Parker Elliot has been in love with her next door neighbor Grayson Waters, star football player, since she was just a kid. Gray has no idea she even exists and when she tries to introduce herself at the age of 8 Gray tells her to go away, and she has. For 10 years Parker watches Grayson from a distance and he’s the only thing that’s really made her smile since her mother’s death. Now, she’s 18 and has just moved to the
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Michelle Brace (Wicked Babes Blog Reviews)
Holy crap I just found out that this is Malorie's first book! Way to go girl you knocked it out of the park. I fell in love with this book and the characters in it. I can honestly say that you just got yourself a new fan and I will be keeping my eye out for all of your books from here on out. At first I wasn't sure about this book because of the title but hello the cover will suck you in and then the blurb, but I can honestly say that they don't beat this story. You do not want to miss out on re ...more
Gemma
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Starry Stars

So freaking adorable. As I've already stated, I'm at a time in my life where I need some fluffy and (good) cliché reads, just to unplug from everything, really.
This gave me that opportunity to forget about my "problems" for a couple of hours. I LOVED Grayson so much, I have a thing for great male protagonists, and he was described in a realistic way (so refreshing). A little less "realistic" was Parker but still, she was cute nonetheless.
I think I know already what book 2 is going
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Abby
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I devoured this book! I was in a bit of a reading slump and decided to download stars on my kindle. I finished it in one sitting and the slump is vanquished! So Grayson is not super floating my boat but I ADORE Parker.

I'm a sucker for a "bad boy" trope and also love the shady family background, so this fell right into my happy space. I'm usually a fantasy reader but for books like this I make exceptions ❤
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Kaitlyn
This book was amazing wild and everything in between. They have been neighbors all their lives but she never got the chance to form a relationship. Grayson Waters was the quarterback of Penmor3s football team and Stars was just a run of the mill smart girl who is studying there too because of him and the amazing science program. She gets a job at Lucky’s and gets to know the brother Nate which then later he sleeps with Millie but gets pregnant and SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER Nate dies which was ins ...more
Beno
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I try to read without letting what I experience in my real life to effect what I am reading. It still ends up being majorly effected. This book is no different I started with glee but stopped abruptly in the middle of it. because of an event that happened and I was unable to continue it until a week later. I was unable to reconnect with characters as I had at the beginning. Great story but is it worth it
Catherine Wardle
Really enjoyed this book

I really enjoyed this book. Gray and Parker where meant to be. I actually had a cry when Parker had to explain everything to Gray outside the lecture hall. Nate was such a good character and friend to Parker wish we could have had a story from him as well.

Hopefully we will get another book on Marissa or some of the team.
I need a HEA
I'd give the storyline 3 stars ( heroine lived next door to the hero all her life and he never knew! like did he close his eyes every time he came out of the house? it was unbelievable as a storyline )

but for the characters and their connection and dialog it's a solid gorgeous 4 stars. I loved them both so much.
Sabrina
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking forward to Millie’s book so I wanted to read book one again to remember the characters.
Loopylo
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5*
Aqsa
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: na, sexy

3.5
FMR Book Grind
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
STACEY'S REVIEW
5 STARS

I always love a good read with a hot athlete but Grayson Waters was so much more than that! Once he meets Parker Elliot (someone he has been closer too almost all his life but never noticed) he learns and finds what he never knew was right next door.

I found this to be a complete page turner and I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next in this story. I loved that it wasn't predictable and kept me intrigued. I fell in love with Grayson and Parker & I know you
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Antara Nahian
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really good book but I skipped through the beginning a lot. It wasn't that it was badly written or not engaging enough or anything like that, rather I got really impatient and just wanted the big secret to come out rather than reading through the whole relationship. I felt like it just took way too long for the truth about Parker to come out given that they were basically in love with each other, or at least very serious about each other, right from the start.
Also, it was kinda weird that Parker
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