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"I need Owen to explain this. Because yes, I do know that Owen would never do that, but I also know Hannah would never lie about something like that."

Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara's friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn't know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the famil
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ebook, 304 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Elle (ellexamines)
Feb. 13, 2019: A Note
A month after I finished this book, on Valentine's day, a boy in my biology class who had been harassing me non-sexually for months told me he wanted to have sex with me. Today, an anonymous article was published by my school in which this was mentioned and discussed, under a pseudonym. And in a lot of ways I think I got off lucky, but seeing that article today felt like a punch in the gut or maybe like flying, I don't know which one right now. And it's interesting because I
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chai ♡
Girl Made of Stars is the kind of story that pinches and punches and bites—unflinching and powerful. The kind of story that carves you open with the truth and leaves your heart sour, angry at the world and so awful at holding all of it within your own skin that the tidal wave of your emotions threatens to drag you out to the lightless depths of the sea and drown you. The kind of story that leaves you in a trance after you’re finished. The one that just won’t let you go for days.

So what is thi
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Emily May
I can’t think about Owen. I can’t attach his name to Hannah on a hospital bed, bandages on her wrist, tears on her lovely face.

4 1/2 stars. I cried.

Girl Made of Stars is about a situation that for the vast majority of us is not only horrifying, but unimaginable. For other feminists like me, our default is to offer compassion to rape survivors. To offer belief. To unite against the rapist. But... imagine if the alleged rapist was your closest friend, your anchor, the one person you've always
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Melanie
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melanie by: may ➹


“Even girls made of stars are captives, bound at the wrists and traded like property. Even girls made of stars aren't asked, aren't believed, aren't considered worth the effort unless they can offer something in return. Even girls made of stars buy into those lies sometimes.”

Friends, I wish I could put this book into everyone in the entire world’s hands. This book is so powerful, so heartbreaking, so important, and just so beautifully crafted. But before I really even start this revi
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Emma Giordano
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5/5 Stars. WOW. I cannot believe how much this book touched me. I was expecting to love it but I don’t think I could have possibly anticipated the depth and intensity of this story. Heart-breaking and gut-wrenching – an absolute must read.

CW: rape/sexual assault
Lala BooksandLala
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, queer
flawlessly heart wrenching
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
What else is there to do? What else is there for any girl to do, when everyone but her can forget everything like a random bad dream?

After breaking up with her girlfriend/best friend, Mara's greatest comfort comes from her twin brother, Owen - until her best friend accuses him of rape, and Mara's entire world is thrown into a whirlwind of confusion, heartbreak, and traumatic memories of her own.

Let me say, first of all, that this book is one of the most genuinely important things I have
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may ➹
Me, thinking about this book at any moment in my life:



Even girls made of stars are captives, bound at the wrists and traded like property. Even girls made of stars aren’t asked, aren’t believed, aren’t considered worth the effort unless they can offer something in return.

Even girls made of stars buy into those lies sometimes.

This book destroyed me. This book destroyed me and it destroyed the chances of all other books this year because I have no doubt that this will be one of my favorite boo
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jessica
i had a difficult time rating this. if there was ever an argument for half star ratings, it would be this book. i found my mind saying 4 stars while my heart was saying 3. and heres why.

on the positive side of things, the writing was beyond beautiful. and i really liked the title, even more so once i read how it plays into the story. i am sucker for books where the main characters are boy-girl twins. i really wish i had a boy twin, myself. and so learning about how mara was ‘a girl made of star
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BernLuvsBooks
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, ya-books
4.5 Poignant, Emotional & Thought-Provoking Stars for Girl Made of Stars!

This book was beautifully written. Rape, abuse, and sexuality are not easy topics. Blake did an amazing job of telling this all too important story. It was told with hope, love and healing. It doesn't sugar coat life after abuse. Yet, it was powerful in its message that victims are worth the telling. That despite a culture that often places blame on the victim they are worth believing. That there are people who will lis
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emma
I don’t really know how to review this, or even rate it. I just know that everyone in the world should probably read this book.

My memory of it is not fresh (read it five months ago; shoutout to my renowned timely reviews), and even when it was I was rendered pretty speechless. Basically what I’m saying is that there are so many thoughtful reviews of this and mine will very much pale in comparison.

So what it comes down to is: you should read Elise’s review, or Melanie’s, and then if you want to
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Elena
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
this was not the Pain i was looking forward to

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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer
Wow. This book made me so very anxious but it was SUCH an important read and I was crying buckets of tears at the end. And then the author’s note 😭😭

Tw: rape, victim shaming, pedophilia
Larry H
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Powerful, emotional, and thought-provoking, Ashley Herring Blake's Girl Made of Stars is a beautifully written, poignant book about the bonds of family and friendship, gender and sexual identity, the emotional traumas faced by victims of sexual abuse and assault (not to mention the "blame the victim" mentality which is all too prevalent), and the confusion and anxiety which often accompanies love.

This was utterly phenomenal.

"Once upon a time...a brother and sister lived with the stars. They
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shady boots
Even girls made of stars are captives, bound at the wrists and traded like property. Even girls made of stars aren’t asked, aren’t believed, aren’t considered worth the effort unless they can offer something in return.

Even girls made of stars buy into those lies sometimes.

TW: Sexual assault and rape. Readers should especially take caution with Chapter Eighteen, especially those of you who have had your own experiences, because it was very difficult to read.

I can't remember the last time I sh
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alana ♡
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the reason why I will never stop reading YA books. This book made me feel like I was drowning and given one second to come up for air before being shoved back under the water. It was so raw and intense that at times I had a lump in my throat from trying not to cry and scream for Hannah and Mara. To put it simply this book hurts but it is so very important .

Initially, I was very hesitant to pick this up because let's be real, this is not any easy topic to read abo
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Kayla Dawn
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad this book exists, this topic is so important.

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Korrina  (OwlCrate)
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel wrung out emotionally after reading this. This was my first Ashley Herring Blake novel, and I’m going to pick up her other books as soon as I can. Her writing was beautiful and strong. She handled such a devastating topic really well, and in a way that was realistic, brutal, and yet hopeful.
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
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After reading this book I have become a girl made of pain.
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“Even girls made of stars are captives, bound at the wrists and traded like property. Even girls made of stars aren't asked, aren't believed, aren't considered worth the effort unless they can offer something in return.
Even girls made of stars buy into those lies sometimes.”

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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, anxiety
tw: sexual assault

This was so powerful, I wish it was a little longer though.
Elyse  Walters
Library Young Adult ebook...
excellent discussion pick!

“Sweetie, this will blow over. It’s a misunderstanding. You know your brother”.
“You keep saying that”.
“Saying what?”.
“That it’s a misunderstanding. That I know Owen. But...Mom, I know Hannah, too”.

“What do we do?” What’s going to happen to Owen? And Hannah... we can’t just not listen to her. You’ve always said that we have to listen to girls no matter—“
“He’s ours, Mara, Mom says, a kind of quiet fury edging her words. He’s my son. And
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sunny
I am dead inside.





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Buddy read with my Maggie.
Sophie Elaina
This book is truly fantastic! Its such an important, relevant and heart-breaking read, and the author wrote it in both a beautiful and shockingly real way. It's seriously one of the best books I’ve ever read! I'm going to try my hardest to do it justice in this review, but honestly I don't know if that's even possible because there aren't enough words that exist to describe my feelings towards it.

The book follows Mara; one half of Mara and Owen, inseparable twins that have always been close. So
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lily ☁️
3 1/2 stars

One or two tears may have slipped down my cheek.

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I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to love a book this much & maybe I’ll even cry tears that aren’t of disappointment for once?

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Romie
“But if I’m made of stars, then where am I? Where’s the real me?”

This book broke me. It physically hurt to read it. It was so painful I cried most of the time. But it was worthy every single tear. So worth it.

This is a story that needed to be told, needed to be heard, needed to be read. This is the story of Mara, and how she discovered that her twin brother, her favourite person on this earth, the person she considers her other half, raped one of her best friends, Hannah. This is a story about l
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Anna
Jul 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For such a good concept, this was so disappointing.

None of the characters elicited any connection from me. Mara irritated me most of the way through (I had a reason for this when I finished it last night but I didn't write it down so naturally I've forgotten it by now, oops). Charlie was kind of a shitty friend but we're expected to like her, which no. Not to mention Mara and Charlie's relationship didn't seem all that healthy?? Mara was so stressed over everything with Charlie and they had thi
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Natasha
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I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I read How to Make a Wish a few months ago and absolutely loved it and I was excited to see the author was coming out with more. Like her previous book, Girl Made of Stars deals with a heavy issue, that being rape. And unlike previous books that deal with rape or sexual assault, that being the rapist is the main character's brother. Not even just her brother but her twin br
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Amitaf0208
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 bright stars for the Girl Made of Stars. What a thought-provoking book. It dealt with a difficult subject in a way that did not alienate the reader. Loved all the characters especially Mara. Good read.
Stacee
This story was amazing. It was heartbreaking and hard to read and so damn amazing.

I love love loved Mara. I love her strength, especially when she thinks she doesn’t have any. I love her loyalty and her stubbornness and her empathy and her everything. She’s a fantastic MC.

Plot wise it was more than just a story about rape. It was a story about surviving, enduring, and sometimes just dealing. It is a hard look at consent and victim blaming and it is so so so important.

This review doesn’t even
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Ashley Herring Blake is a reader, writer, and mom to two boisterous boys. She holds a Master’s degree in teaching and loves coffee, arranging her books by color, and cold weather. She is the author of the young adult novels Suffer Love, How to Make a Wish, and Girl Made of Stars (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and the middle grade novels Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World and The Mighty Heart of Sunn ...more

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“Even girls made of stars are captives, bound at the wrists and traded like property. Even girls made of stars aren't asked, aren't believed, aren't considered worth the effort unless they can offer something in return.
Even girls made of stars buy into those lies sometimes.”
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