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Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends.

One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Imprint
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
I finished this book and wandered downstairs in a dream, my head spinning, but acutely, achingly conscious that I was alive. A wild desire to go outside and lay under the cold of the stars gripped me, and that moment, seemingly ordinary, felt utterly surreal. The obscure unreality of it all expanded until it blotted out all else: nothing mattered, problems were futile, the planets spun, life went on, and I was my own celestial being.

Look, I'm just a simple girl with a highly detailed and
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Melanie
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melanie by: may ➹
So perfect... so very perfect.

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This was the January 2020 pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club!
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
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All joking aside, this book was wonderful. So, @KaylaAncrum so kindly offered me an arc of The Weight of the Stars literally months ago, and my reading slump sort of destroyed my reading plans (oops), but. It. Was. Worth. The. Wait. Well-written, existential, and so so deeply human. And the last twenty pages are singlehandedly my favorite thing I’ve read this year.

Here, we’re essentially following three lead characters:
Ryann Bird, trying to raise her brother James and James’ adopted child
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
All Ryann wants is to travel through space, but that’s not happening for a girl living in a trailer park, taking care of her brother and his baby—so she spends her time befriending the “misfits” at her school and trying to stay out of trouble. When Alexandria shows up, she wants nothing to do with Ryann and her friends, but Ryann’s never been one to back down from a challenge, especially when that challenge is a girl known far and wide for being the only daughter of a famous astronaut who went
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may ➹
I was just looking for a good time and instead I ended up crying myself to sleep at 1am because of this book, and K Ancrum knows exactly what she’s done and I know she’s out there smiling to herself!!!

The Weight of the Stars is about a girl named Ryann, who is struggling through her last year of high school while having to take care of her brother and his son. Alexandria is new to town, and she instantly intrigues Ryann, to the point where it gets her in trouble.

But there is more to Alexandria
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anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: lesbian mc, mixed-race Black lesbian li, poc side characters, side mlm relationship, side interracial polyam relationship

(yells from rooftops) BUTCH LESBIANS & SPACE & SOFTNESS & TRUE LOVE

i would give my life for kayla's writing but also her writing saves my gay life - Equivalent Exchange


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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Melanie
Shelves: queer
*hugs myself forever* brb i'm just gonna go cry for a decade don't mind me
Kayla Dawn
May 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
God, I really really wanted to love this..

"The Wicker King" is one of my favorite books and my hopes were so high for this one.. I was sure Ancrum would be one of my new favorite authors.
But I just didn't enjoy this one. Neither did I care for the plot nor the characters.. and the writing style felt way different than it did in Wicker King.

I don't know. I'm sad now..

(But everyone else seems to love it so far, so maybe I'm just weird lol.)
Tucker
Jan 08, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: reviewed
I tried to look up how much stars actually weigh and Google just showed me Kim Kardashian's butt.

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Lex Kent
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Damn this book! Such a good read but it completely wrecked me. I’m emotionally and physically exhausted but in a good way. I wanted to end the year by reading a few books that have been on my to read list all year long and I’m so glad I picked this one because this book was excellent. Ancrum writes really well and I was completely sucked into the book. I read past 3am and had to keep going until the end, I could not put this down.

It’s interesting that the older I’m getting the more I appreciate
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Jennifer
This young-adult novel featuring high school seniors shows the heavy weight of mistakes, both inherited and self-made. It portrays palpable emotions such as grief, protectiveness, anger, hope, and love, and it does this all with a beautifully diverse cast of characters.

As for the rating, this novel started out as a 3 for me (mainly because I wasn't quite sure where it was trying to go), the story progression later on had me at a high 4, but that author's note...OMG, a solid 5. K. Ancrum can
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Julie Zantopoulos
"Fighting for yourself is another way of loving yourself."

Ryann Bird has been fighting for herself, for her family, for so long she doesn't remember what it feels like to be a gentle thing. Ryann has been taking care of her brother Jamie since their parents died and as if that wasn't enough on her eighteen year old shoulders she's also trying to keep her grades up so she can get into a space program. She's the glue that holds her friend group together and she's tough as hell with a heart of
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Acqua
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Weight of the Stars is the kind of novel that reminds me of the power of quiet books. There are no grand revelations, surprises or explosions; just two girls, their friends, and the stars - and yet it feels so wide, carrying so much weight sometimes in just a paragraph, so much emotion in the unspoken moments.
It does feel like looking at the stars.

This is a story about Ryann, a queer butch girl, who falls in love with Alexandria, a biracial black girl whose mother left to live in space and
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C.G. Drews
I'm always very emotional about K. Ancrum books (The Wicker King having filled my whole soul in ways I very much needed) and I definitely finished this one feeling messy and complicated. I really really like the very last chapter and I have hope. TWK was about clinging desperately to what you love (which means a lot to me), but TWOTS is about leaving, which I confess does leave me in ruins. That's not a criticism of the book! I recommend everything this author writes because these books are ...more
Silvia
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was kindly sent this book as an advanced copy by the author for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

Okay let me tell you about this book and not because technically I kind of have to review it but because I just really need an outlet for what I'm feeling after finishing it.

THIS BOOK is very different from The Wicker King but it's also very similar. But kind of not. I'M ALREADY NOT MAKING SENSE HERE but I'm really trying.

The Weight of the Stars throws you in an initially
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Lou
First, I would like to say that I love K Ancrum with my entire heart and she is sunshine.

Secondly, how can any human being not love her prose????????

1) It’s so well-paced and inherently //cool// but at the same time dark aesthetic af?
2) You feel like you’re still living on earth, but at the same time you’re swept up into this surreal dream & you have chills all over.
3)It’s really special.

I admit that sometimes the characters seem a little? maybe too formal? about some things. There is
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Romie
I don't know how to talk about this book without saying, first and foremost, that it's such a beautiful one. such a brilliant one. such a unique one. it's so different from what I've read in the past, especially when it comes to f/f relationships.
it's a book that broke my heart, again and again. it gave me a group of friends, lonely people coming together and forming a family, helping one another no matter what. it gave me a commentary on loneliness and humanity, and what it means to go after
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Michelle
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Weight of the Stars is the second book that I have read by K. Ancrum. The first, The Wicker King, I read along with the Dragons and Tea book club here on Goodreads. I loved that book so much that I contacted the author personally to ask for this ARC and bless her heart she was gracious enough to send me this beautiful gift.

When Ancrum says "Love is such an awful, powerful thing," she means to warn you. For she breathes it into her prose. Her writing is so beautiful that at times you have to
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emma
Nov 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
I'VE BEEN BLESSED.

thanks to Imprint for the arc :o
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sol ~ TheBookishKing by: Melanie
“Love is not about holding people where you want them. It is about doing what’s best for them because you need them to be okay.”

Do you ever read a book that you want to hug so close to your soul but at the same time want to chuck it across the room cause it messes you up so bad? Welp that’s exactly how I felt with this one, I did not expect to completely fall in love with it. K. Ancrum stays winning with her books and can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us!

If I was to sum this up
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mina reads™️
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t cried while finishing a book in so long but I’m sobbing over this one...I don’t know what to do with myself right now

The Weight of the Stars is a YA title about a young girl named Ryann Bird who dreams of space travel, however a career in space seems unattainable for a young girl who lives in a trailer park. No parents to speak of, just her taking care of herself, her younger brother James and James’ son. One day she meets a girl named Alexandria and Ryann is desperate to integrate the
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Maëlys
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, 2020-favourites
5 / 5

Buddy read with the Dragons & Tea bookclub

I am undone.

“Because we’ll always wind up at the same place when the sun goes down for good. We are all together in this incomprehensible wait.”

This book was somehow everything and nothing like I expected it to be.

I went into this book knowing only that it would probably make me cry and that it had a nice found family trope. And oh boy, did I get that and more.

“The reason we’re friends is because we don’t have anything in common with anybody.
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Bethany
I may be in the minority here, but I found this book a bit difficult to get into. It's a good read for sure, but it felt choppy to me at times, just due to the writing style. Personally, I would have liked more meat so I could really get behind and feel for the characters more. To each their own though. 3.25 stars.

On a side note, this one isn't really fantasy persay, but it's the best place I can think to categorize it.
rin ( ̄ヘ ̄)	 read/watch mo dao zu shi
one more proof that space is gay is always welcome
Hollis
I has complicated feelings.

This one took a while to grab me, to the point I considered DNF'ing it, or at least putting it aside to try again later, but relentlessly I pushed on and I think I started to feel.. stuff around the halfway mark?

Maybe not great feelings but some feelings, some interest, and then, boom, a chapter came out of nowhere and I'm crying? That might've happened another time, too. The sibling relationship in this one? Wow. It hurts. It's gorgeous. I'm soft. How dare.

There is
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nadia (( disquieting thing ))
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya, lgbt, sci-fi
You couldn't nice some people open.
Sometimes the only way to pry your arms away from tightly holding yourself together is when you're given a reason to hold up your fists. Fighting for yourself is another way of loving yourself.
That's the sort of knowledge you have to earn through experience.


oh. just. oh.

K. Ancrum can write, honestly, whatever. i'll pick it up without reading the blurb, expecting nothing but heart-wrenching sadness and deep feeling of eternity and unity, and i'll love it.
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jade
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
all i am is a terribly brave small thing, with a terribly brave small life, and a terribly brave love that spans eons.

… i really, really wanted to love this. spoiler: i didn't.

this is a story of a bunch of kids who fuck up and don't always get it right; who love each other deeply, but have their own unique way of showing it. there's broken families; there's whole ones. there's rawness and violence, and hugs and pinkie promises.

coming of age with trauma and space themes. sounds right up my alley.
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Laura
Thank you very much to K. Ancrum for providing a copy of her novel.


The stars are beautiful, but I’d give them up for good just to see your face.


Since I was a child, I’ve always said that if I were given the opportunity to travel on a one-way trip to Mars, I would take it. When I tell my friends and family this, they immediately become distressed, and I understand: what could possibly drive a person to want to abandon their entire life and potential future to travel lightyears away, on a very
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Vicky Who Reads
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I did not expect to like this book as much as I did, nor did I expect to read it quite late at night and all in one sitting.

I feel like Ancrum’s books are so hit and miss for me, but I’m honestly glad that The Weight of The Stars was a hit for me? I felt like I understood it a lot better than I did The Wicker King, and that made the experience a lot more enjoyable.

There were a few places I was still not completely in tune with, but overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I
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K. Ancrum grew up in Chicago Illinois. She attended Dominican University to study Fashion Merchandising, but was lured into getting an English degree after spending too many nights experimenting with hard literary criticism and hanging out with unsavory types, like poetry students. Currently, she moonlights as a legal assistant and goblin who skulks about writing in the corner of Starbucks."
“Ten million light-years from now
bathed in the radiation of a time without time
are the bones of a girl who loved Ryann Bird.

In the dust left over from our supernova
atoms spread farther and wider than hope
are the pieces of the heart of the girl who
loved Alexandria the Great.”
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