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Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things.

The stars.
And the boy she fell in love with last summer.

When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together.

Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it as she prepares for a future studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Can she forgive him and open her heart again? Or are they doomed to repeat history?

From debut author, Ronni Davis, comes a stunning novel about passion, loss, and the power of first love.

400 pages, Hardcover

First published November 12, 2019

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Ronni Davis

3 books132 followers
Ronni Davis grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where she tried her best to fit in—and failed miserably. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a BA in Psychology, she worked in insurance, taught yoga, and became a cat mom.

Now she lives in Chicago, where by day she copy edits everything from TV commercials to billboards, and by night she writes contemporary YA about brown girls falling in love. When she’s not writing, you can catch her playing the Sims, eating too much candy, or planning her next trip to Disney World.

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569 reviews778 followers
November 16, 2019
I received this book for free from The NOVL in exchange for an honest review.

First and foremost, I want to start off with a massive trigger warning for depression and suicide. These topics are heavily discussed in this book.

This was a very heartfelt and touching book.

The depression representation was really well done. It showed what depression looked like and how it affects not only the person with it, but also their loved ones. After reading the author’s note at the end, you can tell just how personal this story was for the author.


A lot of reviewers have mentioned that the romance in this book is very insta-lovey and obsessive. There is merit to that, however, that was kind of the point of the book. Towards the end, the nature of their relationship gets discussed. This book isn’t necessarily supposed to be one of those cutesy YA romances.

I loved the biracial (main character is half white and half black) representation. I liked that it didn’t shy away from showing the racism that is still prevalent today. I also liked that classism and elitism was also explored in conjunction with her race. It’s interesting to see how race, class, and gender all intersect. This book is so sex-positive which is so refreshing to see in YA.

Lastly, I thought the ending was perfect for the story. It seemed realistic and I liked that it was more ope-ended.

Overall, I really enjoyed this #OwnVoices debut.
October 8, 2019

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DNF @ p. 151

I feel really bad about not finishing this one but I couldn't stand the writing. Devon is supposed to be an astrophysicist in the making in her senior year of high school, but she was written like a middle schooler. The whole foundation of the star-crossed romance is a summer of insta-love cheese that ends up going sour, followed by a second chance romance-type plot-- only because they didn't have any real or deep connection before (imo), it doesn't really work.

I skimmed to the end, and while I appreciate that this book tackles some pretty important issues-- depression, suicide, interracial relationships, and biracial identity-- this didn't click for me in the strongest way. I think I'd only be more annoyed than I am now if I pushed myself to finish, so I'm going to stop now.

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!   

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1,294 reviews2,965 followers
October 5, 2019
3.5 stars

At times I struggled with some of the characters and story but now that I've finished the book, I feel like I can sit back and appreciate what the author was attempting to do here. Reading the Author's Note at the end of the book helped put things into context for me. This might not be a perfect read but one that nonetheless was worthy of my time.

High school student Devon is focused on her future. She studies hard so she can go to the college of her choice and hopefully nab a ton of scholarship money to pay for it. Her goal of becoming an astrophysicist is going to require a lot of schooling but she's determined to make her dream come true. She meets Ashton one summer and quickly falls for him. Unfortunately he breaks her heart. Fast forward to Devon's senior year and guess who is a new student at her school? Why Ashton of course. If you let someone back into your life who hurt you once before, aren't the odds pretty high that person will break your heart again? Is it worth the risk?

First of all I liked how Devon was totally into science and was out there doing her best to make her dreams come true. It's always nice to see a character who is focused and driven in young adult fiction.

The author introduces some important issues into the story including mental illness. It's a topic that is personal to me and I have mixed feelings about how it was handled in the book. While there were certain moments and feelings I could relate to, a few times things just felt off. In particular at times the dialogue between Devon and Ashton felt unnatural and not realistic. I didn't really have a problem with the plot so much as the actual execution. I hate saying this but at certain points the story took on a melodramatic vibe and given some serious subjects are explored, it was disappointing. I wanted to be 100% emotionally invested in the characters but unfortunately at times I struggled.

With that being said though, I am glad I read the book. It's not your typical fluffy teenage romance. There's some depth to the characters and story even though I wasn't completely happy with the execution. The author didn't play it safe with the story and took some chances which is commendable.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advance reader's copy! I was not obligated to share my review here and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
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644 reviews1,696 followers
March 21, 2021
What a wonderful, heart-wrenching book and a hidden gem. When the Stars Lead to You is a heart-aching portrayal of intense love, the messiness of duty and obligation, and depression.

- Follows Devon, a biracial Black teen who has a whirlwind summer romance with a white teen, Ashton - until he suddenly disappears. A year passes, and Devon finally moves on, except that Ashton shows up on the first day at school as the new student.
- I really enjoyed how the romance in this book is a mix of insta-love turned second-chance romance. Devon and Ashton's romance burns bright and intense, but I also enjoyed the moments of development between the two characters.
- This isn't a cosy contemporary romance - this is an unflinching depiction of how life and love can sometimes be messy and imperfect, where the characters are sometimes morally gray, and how depression can shape a person's life.
- The discussions about mental illness was really great in this book - challenging, honest, and genuine.

Content warning: racism (challenged), depictions of depression, recount of suicide ideation and attempt
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913 reviews870 followers
January 29, 2021
3.5/5 Stars

Trigger warnings: depression, suicide

I just want to point out that from the plot here on Goodreads this book seems just like your average YA romance book, which it actually isn't. There are some heavy themes in this novel, so I strongly recommend you check out the trigger warnings before going into this book.

I really appreciated how the author included the different topics in her novel, she took her time to explore each theme and situation and I believe it was well done. If you think about this book as a hard-hitting contemporary, this novel was good. But I think it lacked something in some moments though, for example there was no build up between the two main characters at the beginning of the book, it was insta-love at its finest, definitely too much for my taste. Also, I was waiting for a bit more information on Ashton's family, especially at the end, but it wasn't there.

What I did enjoy was the ending, I think it made perfect sense. Seeing Devon behave in any other way would have felt out of character for her, so I'm happy how things turned out.
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Author 3 books132 followers
January 25, 2019
January 24, 2019—we have a cover! I hope you love it as much as I do!!!
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709 reviews175 followers
November 28, 2021
DNF at 45%

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

I really liked the concept for When the Stars Lead to You, but felt like the story was poorly executed. Devon is an eighteen-year-old that wants to be an astrophysicist, but her voice was very juvenile (unless she was talking about space and the stars). I sometimes forgot she was in her senior year of high school, and mentally pictured her as a fourteen-year-old obsessively in love.

When I say obsessively, I'm not exaggerating. Devon and Ashton's relationship was instantaneous and heavy. They fell in love literally at first sight, and their relationship only got more intense the longer it continued. I just cannot imagine Devon sitting on a porch for an entire day and night just because he ghosted her on their last day at the beach together. Their relationship was suffocating and unhealthy. Yes, teenagers fall in love hard and fast, but this felt different.

I also dislike it when a character throws everything away for their love interest. College and astrophysics have been Devon's dream for years, but she starts slipping as things heat up with Ashton for a second time. He's dealing with depression and family issues, so his presence is very time-consuming and emotionally draining for Devon. She doesn't know how to help him, but tries to be understanding and available. It just felt like she was too easily derailed from her lifelong plans and aspirations.

We go from insta-love, to second-chance-insta-love, to heavy and very intense, to all-consuming love. Questions like, "Do you love me?" started popping up pretty early on, and even discussions about marriage. Marriage. "I told my cousin I was going to marry you someday." (Ashton said this the first time he saw her on the beach.) "I still think about marrying you someday." (Ashton said this shortly after they reconnected over a year later, even though he'd previously been dating someone else.) "I feel like if anyone could take you away from me, it's her." (Devon's feelings on love and marriage with Ashton.) I hate that Devon felt so insecure after giving her heart to him and having him leave her without a word. I understand her feelings, but her willingness to fall back down the rabbit hole with him was disconcerting.

It really did feel like an obsessive relationship -- on both sides -- that I had trouble rallying behind. I wish there had been more secondary characters to offer their perspectives and opinions, but Blair only warns Devon vaguely about her happiness. She also threatens Ashton, but there wasn't much fire behind it. It felt like Devon and Ashton were in their own little bubble, which felt unrealistic and didn't offer much variety to the story. I also dislike it when a book does more telling than showing, which I think added a lot of unnecessary dialogue.

Their accidental run-in a year later didn't feel realistic either. They spent an entire summer together on the beach and never discussed their hometowns or schools? Yes, they talked about college, but never about where they went to high school? They mentioned maintaining a relationship once the summer was over, but didn't talk about how that would work? Where they would each be living? Ashton was very cagey during some of their conversations, which might be why that didn't come up, but it still felt off.

I did like the biracial representation, and how the author showed Devon dealing with other people's microaggressions throughout her life. Offhanded comments that are said one way and perceived another -- very well done. The discussions about depression and suicidal ideations was well-represented as well. The author's note at the end is definitely worth reading, and lets the reader know this was an #ownvoices story.

Overall, I enjoyed certain aspects of When the Stars Lead to You, but after skimming through to the end, I know that quitting when I did was the right call for me. A lot of other people really resonated with this story, so check out other reviews before making a final decision!

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177 reviews346 followers
July 20, 2020
When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis is a solid debut YA novel about Devon, an 18-year-old with dreams of being an astrophysicist. These dreams are changed, however, when Devon meets Ashton, a fellow 18-year-old who Devon falls deeply in love with, but Ashton's high-end lifestyle and life-threatening depression may just make things too difficult for the star-crossed lovers.

There were so many great things about this novel, and Ronni Davis is definitely an author to keep an eye on going forward.

First of all, I really loved the journey of Devon and Ashton's romance. I really liked that it was over-dramatic at times because that's what young love is. Falling in love in high school is always an over-the-top experience, and Davis nailed the execution of that perfectly.

Another great aspect of this novel is the balance between the dreamy high school romance and the intense themes that Davis incorporates into their story.

I loved way Devon's biracial identity was handled. While it wasn't the central focus of the novel, the way Davis tackled microaggressive racist behavior was exquisite in my opinion. Similarly, I really liked how the plotline of Ashton's family being rich and Devon being a scholarship student was handled. It was perfectly balanced with the lighter themes of this novel.

That being said, though, my favorite part of this novel is how Ashton's depression was handled. The author's note at the end of the novel shows just how personal that arc was to the author, and she manages to expertly portray this terrifying illness in a realistic and moving way. I found his arc so relatable and so well-done, and it is truly one of the best mental illness representations to exist in YA literature to-date.

The ending of this novel is also one of my favorite novel endings of all-time.

While I loved so many aspects of the novel, it always felt like there was something lacking to me. It took me a while to figure it out, but I finally realized that what I think would have perfected this novel in my opinion would be to make it a dual perspective between Devon and Ashton. There were so many points in the novel where I would have loved to hear Ashton's inner thoughts, and I think that addition would have solidified this as a 5-star read in my mind.

Ultimately, though, When the Stars Lead to You is a dreamy, well-written debut that packs a solid emotional punch, and I would definitely recommend it to most any YA reader!

content warnings: this book deals heavily with themes of depression + suicide and slight themes of racism
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Author 6 books960 followers
December 26, 2020
WHEN THE STARS LEAD TO YOU is a masterpiece in realistic fiction that doesn't sugarcoat the lives of its main characters. Devon is an aspiring astrophysicist on scholarship at an exclusive private school, where all her classmates come from affluent families. She is working hard to earn her place in a top university to continue her dreams of studying the stars. Ashton is from a wealthy family. At first glance, it seems like he has a perfect life, but Ashton has severe depression. When he and Devon cross paths one summer, sparks fly, but they don't last. Ashton ghosts Devon. Fast forward to a year later, and he's back and wants to rekindle their fling. Devon juggles her dreams, feelings for Ashton, and not quite belonging in this touching love story. Davis expertly handles the topics of depression, classism, and navigating unhealthy relationships in a way that feels both poignant and honest.
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334 reviews101 followers
December 20, 2020
I’m so torn! I understand and appreciate what the author was trying to do, I just don’t think it was executed all that well.

Devon is a biracial 18 year old girl who is starting her senior year of high school. She’s focused on getting into her dream college and learning more about astrophysics. Also enjoying her last year of school with her best friend, Blair.

The last thing she expects is to see the guy who ghosted her a year and half ago, after what was the perfect summer relationship. Devon is confused and angry to see Ashton again, but those feelings are still there and she’s left wondering what exactly happened that summer.

First, let’s talk about the characters. I liked both of them, but it never really got past that. I loved Devon’s passion for the stars, it’s the best thing about her. I loved seeing the way she got excited any time she talked about them, and I loved that, no matter what, getting into the college with the best astrophysics program was always her priority.

Then there’s Ashton. I think this book would have really benefited from having some chapters with his POV, though I do understand why it didn’t include him as this is Devon’s story. However, I do think never really seeing where his head is at and seeing all his actions through Devon’s POV made it more difficult to connect with him. But either way, sympathizing with him was all too easy.

This book focused on a lot of topics. Two of the biggest ones are mental illness and race. I thought the biracial rep was really good here. There were a lot of good conversations about race in the book and you could see a lot of the microaggressions Devon has to deal with because of the fact she’s half black in a predominately white school and dating a rich, white guy.

Mental illness is also a huge theme. Specifically depression and suicidal ideation. This is where a little bit of my mixed feelings come in. I found some of the things Ashton talked about and went through very relatable, and some fell a little flat. Obviously this is a personal thing, not everyone will feel the same.

The romance between Ashton and Devon is my main issue. The insta-love was strong. Also, so everyone knows, this is not a romance book. Their relationship was always moving so fast. They initially fell in love so quickly, then Devon forgave Ashton super quickly. They had their cute moments, I just wish their relationship had been a bit more fleshed out. Then towards the end, I wish there had been a bit more resolution to it.

At the end of the day, this won’t make any of my favorites list. However, I can tell this book was really special for the author, and I don’t regret reading it.
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1,177 reviews133 followers
December 12, 2019
Please note this review might discuss some raw issues regarding mental illness, depression, and suicidal ideation!

As a person who has had a romantic relationship with a mentally ill person who attempted suicide while I was in a relationship with him, there was a LOT about this that I related to. I was shocked that that was the case considering how unusual it is for me to relate to a first-person protagonist in a romance book. This story, first and foremost, allows for a realistic exploration of what it's like to care about someone who is always fighting this battle against depression. All of the stuff you'd expect to see is here (lovingly and wrenchingly rendered): the occasional wonder of why nothing is ever enough, the feeling that the other person's life should always come before your own because it's their LIFE, the fear that you will lose the person, the guilt if you just can't do it.

As a personal aside, Ashton was a very different person from the person I was in a relationship with, and even though Ashton messed up a lot and failed Devon in many ways that he could have prevented somewhat unrelated to his depression, I felt like he was not at his heart a manipulative person out to twist Devon into serving his interests or shame her into providing love and attention, and even when she fell down a rabbit hole trying to help him it felt like her awareness of these choices was appropriate even if she sometimes let his issues eclipse her life or took too much responsibility for his problems.

I know what it's like to realize it's always going to be something else, it's never going to permanently "be better"--it can only be managed--and I know what it's like to decide you are, yourself, worth more than what you'd be if you simply stood and waited for the other person to need you, desire you, and come to you. It is okay to choose yourself, and it is not cruel. You aren't rejecting someone as a person if you need to change your relationship with them to continue to survive. You are not a bad person or a failure if you cannot "save" them.

I loved, LOVED that Devon learned this hard, hard lesson, and that she didn't have to pay for it with catastrophic consequences. I love that I wasn't mad at her for her questionable choices because they all felt true, and even when they didn't feel reasoned they never felt like they made no sense.

There were only two things in this book that bothered me a little.

One was how much emphasis there was on the Rich People Life--which Devon is on the outskirts of because she goes to an elite school but isn't a Society Person herself--and even though there was a realistic acknowledgment of how into their weird dynasties these powerful families are, I've never been able to fully digest or appreciate the emphasis some of these types of books have on name brands, status, legacy, and high society. I've read quite a few books in which one of the differences between the romantic leads is moneyed-elite-meets-poor-underprivileged-person, and there's this focus on Glam with a capital G that I never related to.

Ah, and the other thing that bothered me was that Devon continued to wear Ashton's necklace gift after she'd lost him the first time and dubbed him a complete asshole, hiding photos of that summer on her computer so she wouldn't have to look at them and disclosing enough Ugly Ex stories to her best friend that she's dubbed him "The Rat Bastard." I just have a really hard time imagining that someone who feels like that about a boy who hurt her (and legitimately is furious with him upon his reentry into her life, does NOT simply melt and let him back in) would walk around wearing such a symbolic key-to-my-heart necklace every day. It weirded me out. It was certainly clear she wasn't over him, but I wouldn't expect someone who was trying that hard to be over him to carry a reminder of him in the form of an intimate gift at her chest, you know? I would have preferred if she'd kept it somewhere and occasionally chastised herself that she couldn't toss it or pawn it or give it away, and if she'd reclaimed it once he was back in her life in a real way.

Besides those two rather minor details, this book was just a runaway feels trip and it was GOOD. There was very fast attraction between the romantic couple at the beginning, and the slideshow-like light detail on the wonderful summer with the sad ending might have made some people feel like their relationship happened too fast, but I would absolutely disagree that there's any instalove going on. I liked that the summer felt like a dream and I could believe that it felt like a thrilling summer fling that could develop into something deep (if Ashton hadn't abandoned Devon on their last day and left her hanging). I'm not even a romance/relationship person and I had absolutely no problem with believing in their relationship while acknowledging that the attraction was powerful, compelling, tempting, and full of promise while not declaring that all of that is love.

I remember how much faster things happened and how much less patience I had as a teenager. This is the urgency teens feel and this is not a time in a young person's life when they put the brakes on exciting things that feel good. Devon's questioning herself and whether she was moving too fast with the boy who once lost her trust was surprisingly mature and spoke of some walls coming up to protect her.

I liked how present both of these characters' parents were in their lives (to wildly different effects); how Devon's relative poverty was not played up and constantly showed as a stark difference because we get it just fine; how not every rich person in Ashton's family was a gross snob and how his ex-girlfriend was a focus of some jealousy but also wasn't a terrible person; and how both characters were very aware of where they came from and how that had become part of them. I also like the relationship Devon had with her yearbook club rival gal and how she was shown to be more than just an obstacle-slash-terrible-person. She grew too, even though she needs desperately to learn not to make comments about being "ghetto" or touch other people's hair. Sometimes it seemed like she had an Offensive Checklist, damn. (But these experiences included nuance. Because they weren't just thrown in there for authenticity points. They're written by someone who's lived it.)

Anyway, even though the romance is sort of highlighted as a focus of the book, I honestly got more out of Devon's relationship with herself. Her journey toward respecting and understanding herself, her needs, her relationships, her goals, and how to frame all of it inside of something that could become a life.

I cried multiple times on the bus reading this. ;__;
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992 reviews506 followers
November 12, 2019
When The Stars Lead To You is a summer love ending without a hint that turns into a heated romance where the relationship’s growth is intertwined with both the protagonists’ individual growth. A biracial relationship with a depression representation and a female main character whose dream is to be an astrophysicist along with emotional wonders about forgiveness are all the good things making up this young adult contemporary romance.

Consider reading this review on my blog!

➝ Sum it up in points!

✔Summer-turned-school romance
✔Focus on self-love
✔Pressure of legacy
✔STEM female main character
✔Consensual sex in teenage romance
✔Sex positivity
✔Own-voices depression rep
✔Biracial relationship

➝ Trigger Warnings

⇾ Unannounced disappearance of the other half in a relationship
⇾ Suicidal thoughts & intentions
⇾ Suicide attempt
⇾ Depression
⇾ Societal microaggressions towards biracial identity
⇾ Classism
⇾ Family pressure

➝ Plot

When The Stars Lead To You shows an insta-love that starts on a beach to a second-chance romance in high school that dives into the main characters’—Devon and Ashton—aspirations and the difficulties associated with those dreams. Devon loves the stars and wants to become an astrophysicist but her parents’ financial status might raise a problem; Ashton wants to do anything that doesn’t confine him to the list of duties he needs to carry out as the son of an esteemed businessman and expensive family. This intertwined plot of two teenagers lives brings their complex relationship and individualistic story lines into clear focus.

➝ Representation

This YA contemporary romance definitely deserves recognition for the own-voices mental health rep that it showcased. Though, I’m not a part of the represented community so my opinions should be considered secondary to an own-voices reader. Not only does the story execute an accurate portrayal of a depressed character but also enlightens the readers on it by showing the non-depressed character educating herself about the symptoms, effects, and struggles of depression. This can certainly be a great way to normalise mental health education, especially when an individual needs to gain that knowledge by themselves.

Another strong aspect in terms of the mental health representation is the alertness that Devon shows once she finally fathoms Ashton’s suicidal ideation and depression. Her responsibility as an important person in his life, or even as a human, is proved through the conversations she carries out with him (regarding his thoughts) or through her push towards therapy or her actual presence most of the times.

The biracial relationship and its struggles are also portrayed in a very subtle yet glaring manner through microaggressions that Devon had to face, or the racism-oriented implications made by Ashton’s family when they simply assume Devon to be an exotic fling based on her different racial identity.

Sex in young adult books is an important theme, if present, and When The Stars Lead To You did a great job in making its characters take decisions for themselves, without the influence of society, parents or peers . Consent has been indicated and shown clearly which makes the heated romance in this teenage setting a pleasure (pun-intended) to read.

Overall, When The Stars Lead To You is a teenage romance I would recommend to anyone looking for a young adult relationship that progresses through time and explores various themes, from sex to mental health, while the protagonists are growing through every page too.

November 10, 2019: This has a really good depression rep and self-love intertwined with love for the other person in a relationship is pleasantly emotional to read.

October 31, 2019: biracial relationships in young adult literature is THE THING. So excited to read this as part of a blog tour by FFBC tours!
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35 reviews53 followers
July 4, 2021
E i n  S o m m e r

Heute habe ich eine Rezension über ein Buch für Dich, das viel tiefgründiger und bewegender ist, als es auf den ersten Blick aussehen mag...

Devon und Asthon. In Devons Ohren klang das absolut perfekt. Doch nach diesem wundervollen Sommer, den sie gemeinsam verbracht hatten, hat er sich nie wieder bei ihr gemeldet. Kein Abschied. Nichts. Sie dachte sie würde ihn nie wieder sehen... Bis er in ihrem letzten Schuljahr plötzlich vor Ihr steht.
Ich habe mit einer romantisches Liebesgeschichte zwischen zwei jungen Menschen gerechnet. Hoffnungslos verliebte Protagonisten und Herzschmerz. Doch mit welchen Themen, Ängsten und Fragen Ronni Davis in 'Dein Herz, meinem so nah' aufwartet, hätte ich nie geahnt.

Ashton hat oft mit negativen Gefühlen zu kämpfen. Er hat Depressionen, die sein Leben oft im Griff haben. Doch darüber hinaus ist er emphatisch und zuvorkommend - ich hatte ihn bereits früh in mein Herz geschlossen und habe mit ihm gefühlt.

Sein Gegenpart ist Devon. Sie liebt mit ganzem Herzen, was sie in manchen Abschnitten in meinen Augen oft naiv hat wirken lassen. Dabei darf man jedoch nicht vergessen, das die Protagonisten noch Jugendlich sind und es mir einfach schwerer viel, sich in ihre Gefühlswelt reinzuleben. Besonders schön fand ich ihr Interesse an der Astronomie. Dieser Aspekt wurde sehr poetisch in die Handlung eingeflochten und ich persönlich finde dieses Thema super interessant. Aber auch sie hat mit Problemen, allem voran mit Rassismus zu kämpfen.

An dieser Stelle möchte ich einmal betonen, wie toll die Autorin mit diesen Themen umgegangen ist. Es wird gantz offen über Therapien und ähnliches geredet und zeigt nochmal deutlich: Das ist kein Tabu-Thema! Außerdem verlor sie nie den Bezug zur Realität - es viel einem leicht, der Handlung zu folgen.
Leider hat mir an manchen Stellen etwas die Spannung gefehlt (die natürlich nicht jedes Buch haben muss!), was aber dazu geführt hat, dass ich sehr langsam mit dem Lesen voran gekommen bin.
Das Ende des Buches, ist mir jedoch wieder sehr positiv in Erinnerung geblieben: Egal wer du bist, wie du aussiehst... Dir steht die Welt offen!
Alles in allem, kann ich das Buch jeden empfehlen, der Lust auf eine tiefgründige Geschichte hat. Besonders die etwas jüngeren Leser*innen unter Euch, möchte ich dieses Buch ans Herz legen, da ihr sicher einen tollen Zugang zum Buch und zu der Handlung finden werdet.
Vielen Dank an das Bloggerportal und dem Cbj-Verlag für diesen Rezensionsexemplar (so ein wunderschönes Cover 🤭)
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3,439 reviews233 followers
November 15, 2019
They shared an amazing summer at the beach, but without warning, he ghosted her. Fast forward one year, and he was back in her life, but was she ready to forgive him?

I had featured this book as one of my highly anticipated releases, because the whole summer-loving-first-love-brokenhearted-reunited thing really appealed to me, and Davis delivered all feels and, so much more, with this beautiful story.

Such a great blend of drama, heartbreak, and hope, and here are five things I really loved about this book.

• Davis did such a fantastic job capturing all the emotions related to first love. That first summer at the beach was so sweet and wonderful, and I loved when those feelings roared back to life as these two were reunited.

• This book tackled what it's like to love someone, who was suffering from mental illness. All the emotions were so real and raw. The pain, the hopelessness, the worry, and the stress - it was all there, and my heart ached for both Devon and Ashton as they were in the situation together.

• Blair was such a good friend. There were so many times I thought about how lucky Devon was to have her in her life. And, she was also blessed with wonderful parents, who were present and loving and super supportive.

• I taught astronomy at one point in my career, and loved all the science bits peppered throughout the story. I am all for STEM girl visibility, so thank you, Ronni Davis for writing a science loving female character for us, who was nothing short of marvelous.

• Davis incorporated many ideas about race, classism, mental health, identity, and sex-positivity into this story, and they blended seamlessly with each other.

Overall: A touching and emotional story of first love, which featured a rather realistic portrayal of loving someone with mental illness.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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664 reviews148 followers
November 9, 2019
This is a hard book for me to rate and review. There was one aspect of the story that I really loved. However, most of the rest of the book, I didn't enjoy.

I'll start with what I didn't love. The romance never felt truly solidified to me. I found it based more just on some cutesy moments rather than anything deep. By the time the deep moments did arrive, Dev and Ashton were already declaring their love.

I also didn't like how forced the characters felt. None of them came off as realistic to me, except for the best friend. Everyone else seemed like the author sat down and made a list of all the quirky characteristics that she could give each one and instead of editing the list back, she threw it all in there. Instead of it being interesting, I found it annoying.

So, what did I love?

This story deals with depression. While a lot of stories do, most don't get it right for me. When the Stars Lead to You did. It was real, it was emotional, it was given the time and respect it deserves. It wasn't a superficial plot point. I have always believed that if you're going to write about illness like this, you should write with responsibility. Love doesn't conquer all. It can help but it isn't a cure for everything. It was clear that Davis understood that and it's what saved this book for me.
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735 reviews79 followers
November 4, 2019
When the Stars Lead to You is a bittersweet, multilayered, contemporary YA romance that deals with a lot of important issues and packs quite a punch. Even though the book addresses heavy topics, such as mental illness and racism, it's written in a way that is very engaging and easy to read. It's also sex-positive, which I really appreciate and want to see in all the books, but especially in YA. When the Stars Lead to You ticked all the right boxes for me, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA romance with a substance.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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1,133 reviews98 followers
November 8, 2019
As soon as I finished reading When the Stars Lead to You , I was reeling from all the emotions of this book that I definitely needed to take a few days to wrap my head around everything that I read.

Devon is a biracial (half black and half white), sixteen year old girl that dreams of being an astrophysicist. She loves getting lost in the constellations and galaxies. During summer vacation, she meets Ashton. It’s basically love at first sight for these two. Their whirlwind romance is the epitome of the summer of love. They shared their hopes and dreams and this felt like the beginning of forever. Everything changes at the end of the summer when Ashton doesn’t show up for their date, and Devon doesn’t hear from again. Left heartbroken, Ashton decides it’s best to focus on her lifelong dream of becoming an astrophysicist and to continue to study the stars that she loves so much.

Fast forward. Now it’s Devon’s senior year. Devon is a shoe-in for valedictorian at Preston Academy. All Devon plans to only focus on is getting into her dream school: McCafferty where they have a specialized astrophysics curriculum. Well…until a new student shows up at Preston…Ashton. Oh, and his parents’ families are the founders of Preston. All those old feelings and the betrayal comes rushing back. Can Devon and Ashton get over what happened in the past in order to have a future together?

The first part of this story did not immediately pull me in since I am not typically a fan of the whole “instalove” plot line. However, I think that if I was sixteen years old and experiencing my first love again, I’d feel differently because I definitely remember clouded judgement and being wrapped up in those intense feelings. That being said, I implore people like me who aren’t such an instalove fan to hold on because the story really kicks off once the timeline fasts forwards to Devon and Ashton’s senior year because Ronni Davis doesn’t shy away from social issues such as racism, mental health, suicide ideation, and parental emotional abuse.

I loved the conversation around interracial dating and the issues that can arise when tradition and conservatism are an expectation. There’s a situation where Ashton tells Devon that his parents assumed that Devon was an exotic fling since she is traditionally outside of what is expected of the family. As a biracial (half black and half white) female myself, I have found myself in similar situation on several occasions.

Additionally, Ronni Davis does an impeccable job of depicting depression. She gives such a thorough insight into this disease as well as how it personally affects those around you, regardless if they are willing to accept it or not. I’ve never experienced a YA book that was willing to show the raw honesty of depression and its consequences.

Overall, this is a fantastic story that highlights the real world problems that can permeate relationships on how we decide to learn and grow from them.

Thank you to The NOVL for providing an ARC for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
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436 reviews59 followers
October 27, 2019
This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.

Content Warnings: depression, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, racism, classism, microaggressions

I honestly loved every single word of this book.

A lot of people will have issues with the story because it’s very much an instalove situation. Personally, though, I don’t have a problem with this because it’s how I tend to be. There is no building up to emotions with me – I just dive right in. This is something the main character, Devon, comes to realize is unhealthy towards the end. So while it might make some readers roll their eyes it is talked about.

This was one of the most honest portrayals of depression I’ve ever read. Ronni Davis is an own voices author and it’s obvious. She goes so deeply into the topic through Ashton and held nothing back. It was at times hard to read because of how honest everything was. My heart ached for Ashton. I really feel that this story will help a lot of people understand how intense and overwhelming depression can be.

There are also so many important conversations on race throughout the entire novel. Devon put people in their place and I loved seeing her call the mean girl out for her comments that were a “joke”.

The entire thing is also sex-positive! Devon’s mom talks to her beforehand, doesn’t make her feel guilty for having sex, and makes sure she has the appropriate resources. Ashton and Devon have a conversation before and after having sex. Consent is discussed. Teens desperately need more stories like this.

Also, Ashton and Devon got snowed in together and my heart exploded.

When the Stars Lead to You is raw and relatable. It’s a deeply important and powerful debut that will allow so many people to find themselves within the pages. Read it. Discuss it. Tell your friends about it. This book needs to be shared.

A digital ARC was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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951 reviews38 followers
December 3, 2019
I did not expect this book so be so impactful. This is a very important story.
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248 reviews6 followers
May 10, 2020
I was expecting this book to go one of two ways: cotton candy drama-ridden YA romance or deep and heartfelt exploration of real life issues.

I could not have predicted that this book would try to be both. The combination...was a disaster.

It was a shame because the story addressed some really important and relevant issues: mental illness and suicide. From the author's note, she was able to draw on her own knowledge and experience to write about a character with severe depression.

Ashton and Devon met over the summer and fell in love. Then without warning, Ashton ghosted her. On the first day of her senior year, he is enrolled at her high school and she finally gets the answers she has been waiting for.

He is so sorry. His parents took away his phone and shut down his email accounts. Apparently, they didn't like the idea of their precious son dating a middle class girl who was half black. Devon wasn't on social media so he had no way to contact her. Oh, and he is dating someone else now. He seems surprised that she isn't.

Ok, fair enough. Teenage relationships can be fleeting: commitment requires maturity. But don't pretend that this story is a romance when it clearly isn't. I remain unconvinced that Ashton and Devon's relationship was based on anything more than hormones.

Having depression doesn't excuse emotionally abusive behavior. Ashton keeps pulling Devon closer and then pushing her away again. He breaks up with her and gets back together with her several times. It really didn't matter if it was his fault: it was horribly sad and destructive for Devon.

Speaking of Devon, she is a questionable role model because she doesn't set boundaries. There is never a moment when she makes a final decision to stay with Ashton or to break up with him for good. She just allows him to treat her as his emotional punching bag so that she can get her fix by being with him whenever he decides that he wants to be with her. Disturbing.
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2,429 reviews199 followers
November 13, 2019
When the Stars Lead to You is a story featuring a biracial STEM girl obsessed with the stars whose summer love story doesn't end the way she doesn't expect. I love summer romances and When the Stars Lead to You is no exception. Not only because it turns everything you expected on its head, but because it's a story that stretches far beyond the beach.

When the Stars Lead to You is an emotionally gripping story about love, forgiveness, self-care, and mental health. A summer romance that ended without a whisper. It's a story that confronts prejudice, love that sweeps you away in a tidal wave, and the tendency we have to fall deep into people without surfacing for air. Devon's narrative voice carries you away. Whether it be her feelings of doubt and uncertainty, or her infectious happiness, she is one of my favorite STEM girls.

At the same time, When the Stars Lead to You is a story about mental health. Families that withdraw support when you need it and the power of someone to hear and see you. Its ownvoices representation for depression is such a crucial part of the story, asking ourselves what is the line for taking care of our ourselves? We cannot be a lifeline. That isn't healthy for anyone. Because of that, When the Stars Lead to You is a wonderful novel on so many levels: mental health, race, sex-positivity, and self-awareness.

full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
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203 reviews41 followers
January 22, 2020
Book Review: When The Stars Lead To You
By: Ronni Davis
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Format: Physical Book
TW: Racism, Suicidal Ideation/Attempts, Self Harm
Devon loves the stars, but does she wish on them? Secretly. One day she wishes to have the best summer ever, and that’s when she met Ashton. After a summer of love- Ashton leaves without a trace, leaved Devon heartbroken. The following year- senior year- Devon runs into Ashton and has to decide if love is worth a second chance.
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I have had this on my radar since last April. When it was a YA BOTM pick in November- I had to get it. It’s a typical YA book- good writing style (again YA) and good character development.

Here’s my beef. This book had A LOT of triggers. I’m trained in mental health and suicide prevention- and I could smell it from page 100. And the triggers only got worse and more intense. I had 0 clue going into this book how prominent this was to the storyline. It’s something that not everyone is going to be able to read and love.

4/5. I loved it- but also it’s okay if this book isn’t for you. Not every book will be, and that’s okay.

The Bigger issue is that I’m starting to get a theme that books are not expressing triggers how they should. This has happened a few times recently and I’m going to ask all of you- are books ruined by trigger warnings or would you rather have them-to know when it might not be the best time to read a book.
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1,502 reviews127 followers
September 18, 2019
This book was so beautiful in many ways, but also heartbreaking. Touching the subject of romance, of how overwhelming it can be of how it rocks your world to your very core (good and bad) and to let one go when that's the hardest thing you do. With struggeling with families and their beliefes, your beliefes, grief, and depression - wich is a the dark. And people often seem okay, and they aren't. I will admit that i cried a bit at the end, but i loved it all the same.
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579 reviews16 followers
November 4, 2019
Such an excellent read, I can't wait to write a full review!
Updated: Nov. 4, 2019
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Like I mentioned earlier, I absolutely loved this book! It was a really great read, and I loved the development of the characters over time.

Devon was awesome, and she was so complex. She behaved like you would probably think a teenager would in her situation, and I’m glad to say it ended in the way I wanted it to. Her pride and strength showed when she had to deal with the difficulties she faced from her own school and her relationship with Ashton.

I also really appreciated Ashton a lot. He was difficult to love sometimes, but I think Devon demonstrated nicely that patience is something to be valued in these situations. (That’s not to say that setting boundaries isn’t good, because I think they both learned a lot about boundaries in this book!)

The overall story line was executed well. The pacing of the novel fit well with the tone, and I was always turning the page to find out more! It took me some time to finish, but not because the book wasn’t amazing–school is seriously wack over here!

One aspect I really appreciated was Devon’s pride in being biracial. I feel like there isn’t enough of this representation in novels, and I was really excited to see this identity represented in this book. I believe this is an #OwnVoices novel, and I was glad to see everything so well written.

Another part that was done well was the mental health representation. One of the characters struggles deeply with depression, and Davis writes eloquently and respectfully on the subject. This story is about living with depression and what it may feel/be like to have someone in your life who struggles with depression. If you read the author’s note at the end, Davis is very candid about her own experience with depression.

Fun side story: I have gone to a few book events where Ronni Davis was there, but I was too shy to actually say hi. But I have been following her on social media for a while, and I’m legit so excited to see her book in people’s hands!

I highly recommend this novel to people looking for something similar to All the Bright Places or something that will get you in your feels.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂
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584 reviews11 followers
July 24, 2020
I originally gave this 3 stars but upped it to 4 on reflection. I am not sure how I feel about it, but it did capture that feeling of falling in love at 18 with someone that might not be good for you. The intensity of it brought back lots of difficult memories for me, which was why I low balled it a bit at first.

Devon and Ashton meet one summer and fall in love hard and fast. Then one day, he doesn't show up and Devon is left wondering what happened. A couple of years later and it's the first day of senior year - and who shows up at the posh school where Devon got a scholarship? Ashton. Turns out his family are founders of Preston school.

I loved that Devon wanted to be an astrophysicist. She had such strong goals and put so much hard work in - I found it really difficult to read as her grades started to drop. Ashton has depression and has had failed suicide attempts in the past. His family is not supportive, and they don't like Devon because she isn't the rich White girl they want for their son. Ashton's mental health takes its toll on their relationship which I feel was depicted well - this book absolutely did not romanticise mental health issues. There are scenes where Devon sees a therapist, and is totally honest about how she feels about everything, and it was such honest writing.

Overall this book was good. It covered lots of important topics including racism, mental health, and class. I probably won't read again because it was pretty triggering.
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