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A Constellation of Roses

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Perfect for fans of Tell Me Three Things and The Astonishing Color of After, A Constellation of Roses is brimming with a magic all its own—lovable and flawed characters, an evocative setting, and friendships to treasure.

Ever since her troubled mother abandoned her, Trix McCabe has preferred to stay on the move.

But when she lands with her long-lost relatives, she fin
ebook, 336 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by HarperTeen
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Emily It's a companion in the sense that it takes place in the same world and it has a character crossover, but you can definitely read ACOR before TDR and…moreIt's a companion in the sense that it takes place in the same world and it has a character crossover, but you can definitely read ACOR before TDR and still enjoy the novel. (less)
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Candace Robinson
I actually just couldn’t connect to the characters or the story in this one but it had beautiful writing!
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t typically do trigger warnings, but before I even start this review, there are some trigger warnings that I need to highlight for vulnerable communities: adultery, abandonment, abuse, suicide, depression.

Trix McCabe is a seventeen year old girl who is gifted with being able to pickpocket strangers in mere seconds without raising any red flags. Since her mother abandoned her, she is living at a motel that she rents by the week in cash, which is frequented by drug addicts and jo
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
Thank you HarperCollins for giving me an ARC of this book

This cover is so gorgeous omg I’m a sucker for anything floral
Alexis Bestwick
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Constellation of Roses is a beautiful read. The main character, Trix, shows so much growth throughout this book. I really liked reading about the city life Trix experienced, but then also seeing her adjust to small town life as well. I absolutely loved the magical realism aspect of this book! It felt so light and not something wildly unbelievable. Trix's gift of pick-pocketing without being seen felt very normal and not something that was a huge leap. There's also magical pies, and honestly I ...more
I really liked this one! It’s a quieter YA contemporary read (with just a hint of magic to it) about a girl who might just finally find a place to call home, and her coming to terms with the past that led up to her being there.
Samantha (WLABB)
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Trix had been on her own since her addict mother went out for cigarettes and never returned. She had been using her "gift" to steal just enough to get by, but when she was caught, she was given two choices: jail or the family of the father she never knew. Initially, Trix was just going through the motions, but after Auntie told her to plant roots or wither, she was determined to give an honest effort to being a part of the McCabe family.

This was such a be
Katie Gilstrap
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do I begin? This book is awesome in so many ways! The writing is exquisite, the pacing is perfect, and while the dialogue often lends itself to priceless moments of laugh-out-loud humor, the serious issues addressed throughout the book are presented with diligence and grace. Never before have I read a book that makes me want to laugh so hard, and cry so freely, all from the simple turn of a page. This is the magic of the story itself - it will no doubt give you the BEST kinds of feels! ...more
Mike Lasagna
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book is Real and painful and beautiful, the MCs story is the most human thing I’ve read in a long while. Asebedo is a magical storyteller, and I wanted to both devour and savor this book at the same time.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Trix McCabe has always had the practically magical ability to take things without being noticed. It's how she's survived so long on her own after her mom walked out. However, after a slip lands her in police custody, she must choose between prison or living with her family in middle-of-nowhere Rocksaw, Kansas. As much as Trix wants to cut and run, she can't help but admit there's something alluring about staying with the McCabe women of Rocksaw. Perhaps it's their own seemingly magical abilities ...more
Mari Johnston
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.

Content Warnings: cancer, death of a parent, death of a sibling, underage drinking, addiction, depression, suicide, child abuse

A Constellation of Roses was everything I needed at the moment I read it.

Every one of the characters was resilient and filled me with hope. They showed that life can put you through shit and it’s still possible to come out on the other side and be okay. Trix was completely unlikeable at/>Content
Dani Amaya
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous hints of magical realism bring to life this beautiful story about a drifting star of a girl looking for a constellation to call home.
This story is about a girl named Trix, who is living in a motel using her gift of thieving quick hands to steal enough money to get by, when her social services tells her that she has much more family than she thinks and she has to live with them until she graduates high school.
This story had such an amazing foundation to it. Trix
Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
I recieved a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to HarperTeen for my review copy.

I really enjoyed this. I l o v e books about family and this one was an exceptional one. (And I rather appreciated the reference to the girls of Cottonwood Hollow). Full review to come.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: Suicide, abuse

A Constellation of Roses is a story about being guarded. Being vulnerable and afraid of getting hurt. It's a story of running away, making the choice to stay, and to hold our family close. Trix is the definition of guarded and she's used to stealing to get by. Everyone Trix has ever counted on has left her. Theft is her way of life and so thing
Stephanie Gillespie
Arc provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.
3.5 Last part of the book was the most emotional
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Constellation of Roses is the magical second novel by Miranda Asebedo. It's a lovely companion novel to the writer's debut novel, The Deepest Roots.

The book's protagonist, Trix McCabe, has a give that has enabled her to survive, but that's all she's doing - surviving. She's unable to thrive in her life. Her mother, struggling with addiction, has left her, and Trix is on her own, having run away from her last group home.

After getting caught by the police, Trix has one last chance - moving in
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-edelweiss, audio
A Constellation of Roses is author Miranda Asebedo's second YA novel and one of the most affecting novels I've read in recent months. Equal parts coming of age story and redemption story, it gives us a young woman, Trix McCabe, who is struggling in every possible way. Living hand to mouth while her addict mother prostitutes herself, Trix has grown up living in hotel rooms and using her mysterious gift of stealing things without being caught to help them survive. Eventually, Trix is removed from her m ...more
A Constellation of Roses is a poignant novel about finding your family and a place to belong. With just a touch of magic, this is a realistic novel that is magical in every other way - from the magic of the scent of good baking, to the love and acceptance of family.

Trix has a gift. She can steal anything without being caught. It helps her to survive, especially since her mother left her and never came back. Living week-to-week in run-down motels, Trix is shocked when the police and then the fos
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-reviews
A CONSTELLATION OF ROSES is a beautiful story of familial love and healing. Trix has been trying to make her way on her own for the last six months since she ran away from a bad group home. Her mother is an addict who had been unreliable all Trix's life before eventually walking out and never coming back. Trix survives by stealing, something for which she has an uncanny ability. When she is found by the police and case worker, she is given an ultimatum- either be tried as an adult for theft or g ...more
Kelly Hager
One of my favorite tropes is when a child or teenager has to live someplace they don't want to be with either a foster family or with family they don't know. They don't want to be there and they don't want to give the situation or the people a chance, and then they do and it ends up being wonderful for everyone. I think it's because it always makes me think of The Great Gilly Hopkins, but it's been played out dozens of times since then. It always makes me cry but in a good way.

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Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
3.5 stars

I enjoyed reading A Constellation of Roses. Loved the main character(minus her behavior towards the end in order to create drama) and her family. Loved the little town.

We need more of these type of books.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Trix McCabe has had one constant to rely on-- her natural gift for stealing without a soul noticing. It has come in handy as she scrapes by in seedy motels; her drug-addicted mother walked out long ago. Seized by authorities, Trix learns she's got family on her absent father's side in a small Kansas town, and they're her last chance before prosecution. Her relatives have unique gifts, too-- and her palm-reading Auntie says if she can't put down roots, she'll wither. A Constellation of Roses is about ...more
gwendalyn _books_
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Constellation of Roses
By Miranda Asebedo
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by HarperTeen

Ya Fantasy- Magical Realism

“To Those brave enough to change the s
Trish C. Arrieche
Auntie! Auntie was by far my favorite character, although we didn't see that much of her. Asebedo always placed her at the right place and the right time. Auntie is full of wit, sarcasm, and realness that the family needed, especially Trix.

The magical realism was divine and gave me little touches of "Garden Spells" and "Like Water for Chocolate," and it did not overpower the narrative, making it believable. The small town also added to the magical feeling, the familial feel, and the
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I received this book as an ARC from Harper Teen Publishers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This story was compelling from beginning to end, the character of Trix was very inspiring to read of how she was always on the move after her mother abandoned her. Now when she finally might have found the place she finally feels where she belongs, her past might be the very thing that stops her from having what she has alwa
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Recently abandoned by her mother, petty thief Trix McCabe floats between motels for months before her landlord rats her out. Rather than go to trial as an adult, she takes a deal and moves in with her dead father’s family in Rocksaw, Kansas. Sure she’ll run at the first chance she gets, Trix is surprised to discover that all of the McCabe women are uniquely gifted, and the three women she lives with grow on her. Working at the McCabes’ tea and pie shop, Trix must learn to put down roots or else ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trix has a gift: she can steal anything and remain undetected. Instead of turning into an urban fantasy heist novel about a life of crime, she's finally picked up by CPS and sent to live with a family she never knew she had. As Trix's sharp edges are worn down by these three effusive and gifted women and lots of free pie, Trix lets her guard down and starts thinking about the long term instead of the quickest getaway. This beautiful novel made me tear up a few times and will feed your soul some ...more
Jacy Sellers
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate to win an ARC of this book! I enjoyed the emotional draw of this story, the family dynamics as Trix tries to find her place and herself, and the hints of magic throughout, including the pies. It was very clever. This really was about the family and friend relationships between the characters and their growth together. Auntie was my favorite character!! This is a beautiful story for lovers of contemporary stories about finding yourself, your family and your home.

Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story about finding family and those that special gifts. I loved that she finally found a place to call home and family.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this through NetGalley to review. I really loved this book. I did not realize that this is a companion novel to “The Deepest Roots”, however this book stands alone very well on its own. It was sweet and thought-provoking and had some magical realism as well. It's an excellent coming of age story and has some wonderful themes about friendship and family.

Trix McCabe is struggling to survive on her own after her mother abandons her. She is dodging social services and making a livi
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