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A Pocketful of Stars

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  530 ratings  ·  99 reviews
When I next open my eyes, I’m back . . . in front of the house again.
It’s night time. The stars wave hello, like they’ve been expecting me.
The door of the house, Mum’s house, is wide open, like it expects me too.
This time, I go inside . . .

Safiya and her mum have never seen eye to eye. Her mum doesn’t understand Safiya’s love of gaming and Safiya doesn't think they have an
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 8th 2019 by Farshore
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Samantha Shannon
Loved this to bits and read it in one sitting. A Pocketful of Stars is a deeply moving and sweet debut, which perfectly captures the discomfort I felt in my early teens – that sinking feeling of being left behind, and being made to feel silly and childish for not being obsessed with boys. This book would have been such a comfort to me if I'd had it back then. ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhh I just finished this book, and I am in tears, but it was an absolutely perfect ending. This whole book is so full of heart and magic. Safiya is a 14-year-old girl in London, obsessed with her favorite video game (an imagined one that sounds really fabulous!), splitting her time between her two loving divorced parents and trying to figure out the shifting rules of her relationship with her best friend as well as her increasingly fraught relationship with her mum. They used to have so much ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
God. This book. BROKE MY SOUL. Guys, it’s bloody brilliant. It’s full of hope, magic, wonder, intrigue and love. There’s so much love in this book: between friends, with family and for yourself and your own strength. I loved Saf’s story and I can’t wait for you all to discover it.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

This book was so much more than I ever thought it would be. I enjoyed every second of it, despite it ripping my heart in half. As both a mother and a daughter this story rang so familiar to me. It takes a common situation between a parent and child and gives it a unique life. The blurring of the fantasy world and the real world is d
Nikita Gill
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A STUNNING book. I loved every word. Cannot wait to read Aisha Bushby’s next work!
This was a really wonderful MG novel that explored friendship and family with a lot of nuance and perspective.

There aren't a lot of books out there that discuss the ups and downs of friendships, toxic friendships, and just growing apart from people as you grow up. A Pocketful Of Stars does a really excellent portraying two friends who grow apart, and how one of those friends participates in some really damaging behaviour. It shows that it's perfectly okay to stand up to your "best friend" when
Holly Jackson
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Pocketful of Stars is an incredible book: the very pages hum with magic. It follows Safiya in a story about friendship, love, courage and learning to let go. It will break your heart and then put it back together again and it will live with you long after the final word. An amazing debut you don’t want to miss!
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I’m so glad I kept reading this book and gave it a chance coz it took a while for me to get sucked into the magical memories of her mother.

I really loved the way this book dealt with friends and standing up for yourself and other people and the bravery it takes to be yourself and not ashamed for liking things and having interests and finding friends that like you for you and share similar or the same interests!!! So happy Safiya found True Friends!!! Also glad they had a Studio Ghibli
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Spoiler-free review: A beautiful story: it will stay with me forever!

I cannot explain how much I love this book. The description, emotion, atmosphere, everything! It's one of those books that you reccomend to all of your friends and one you will carry with you forever!

A Pocketful Of Stars is about a girl called Safiya. Safiya's parents are divorced, and she lives with her dad. However, she does not get along with her mum. Safiya's love for video games is always an excuse to argue. But one day, w
Robin Stevens
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Safiya's mum is in a coma, and Safiya is desperate to be closer to her. Then she falls into a strange world that seems to be coming from her mother's memories of her childhood in Kuwait - and Safiya's own favourite computer games. This is a gorgeous, magical story with a twist, and a wonderful, assured debut. (8+)

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I w
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I absolutely adored this: magical, full of heart and moved me to tears. Aisha Bushby's writing is stunning, rich and lyrical, and deftly deals with some very heavy topics (divorce, loss, bullying and broken friendships). I'd happily recommend this to readers young and not so young. ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a heartfelt and moving story that was so well written and full of wonder. A clever blend of magic and the real world which brought Safiya’s story together beautifully. The way in which Safiya had to tackle down her challenges and deal with her complicated family relationships was interesting - sometimes understanding your own family history does help shape the person you want to become as well as the decisions you need to make in the future. Though this was written for a middle gra ...more
Steph Warren
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author and Amazon’s Vine Programme. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

A Pocketful of Stars is a painful, beautiful story about the gaps that can form in our relationships as we grow and change, and whether those gaps can (or should) be held together.

Charting Safiya’s struggles with growing up, and the changes it brings to her relationship with her best friend and with her mother, the author perfectly captures the awkward, l
Helen Mccabe
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I do not usually read books for young adults, but I was entranced reading some of this. Teenage Safia (Saffy) is not the same as her friends and peers in school although she longs to be, but only sometimes. The reader steps into Saffy's real world and then into her imagination. Throughout this book, the real and the imaginary combine. In the beginning it seems an ordinary story where Safira and her mother argue and that particular argument at the beginning of the book sparks off the imagination ...more
"Memories are strange.
Some blur into nothing but a haze of colour.
Some blend into others until all you can remember is the memory of a memory of a memory, and you don't quite know where your imagination takes over.
And then there are other memories that are stark. It doesn't matter how long ago they happened; you remember them as clearly as if you were reliving them each time."

Safiya Fisher gadis berusia 13 tahun, adalah sosok yang pendiam, pemalu, dan penyuka game. Sudah empat tahun sejak or
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

An emotional read that made me miss my mum but also remember the good times I had with her.

This is the story of Safiya, a teenage who loves gaming. Her parents are divorced and she lives with her dad seeing her mum mostly at weekends. One weekend though her and her mum argue and Safiya doesn’t bother to go to see her the following weekend. Safiyas mum is then taken to hospital and is in a coma. Safiya then gets transported into her mums childhood memories.

The author br
Angela Smith
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Safyia lives with her father as her parents are divorced. Safyia is at that pre-teen stage where everything is changing and friendships can be tested as well as her relationship with her mother.

Safyia's mother has a stroke and is in a coma. Safyia feels like it's her fault because the last time she saw her mother they argued. On one of her visits to the hospital, Safyia falls asleep by her mum's bed and something strange happens and she feels as if she has been transported to her mum's birthpla
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019, kindle
I'm not the target audience for this book but I liked the sound of it and my dad passed away last year after a heart attack, ten days in hospital and brain damage so I thought maybe reading this book would help me with processing things. I loved the idea of Saf learning more about her mother's memories as the book went on and I think as we get older we all wonder about our parents' memories and lives and sometimes we don't get the chance to discover them. I liked the element of magic and video g ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I spent most of the second half of this book reading with a lump in my throat. The cover says this is a story of friendship and growing up, but it's also a whole lot more. It's about the beauty and complexity of human relationships, it's about figuring out who you are and who you want in your life, and it's about learning to let go when you need to.

I flew through this book. The writing is clean and compelling; this is an author to watch.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dealing with grief, loss, anger and resentment, as well as peer pressure, this is an issues-driven middle novel that is anything but heavy-handed. Rather, it's fast-paced, enthralling and truly unique. With a diverse cast of characters and setting (flipping between London and Kuwait), lovable heroine, and a video game-like narrative, reading A Pocketful of Stars was time well-spent. ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vivid, dreamy and bittersweet, this gorgeous middle-grade novel is ultimately about finding out who you really are. I loved it - the characters and relationships were so beautifully rendered. Aisha is an extraordinary middle-grade talent to watch.
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school-library
So Good! I got it from my book club as it was long listed for the Carnegie medal and even though it didn't make it Im still glad I read it. This book is a must read for tweens about hope, friendship, sticking up for yourself and others and best of all magic! ...more
Nicola Penfold
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautiful. I loved this book.
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
A beautiful book that would be excellent for a child suffering bereavement to read.
Would 100% recommend.



Well, to begin with I am a lover of fiction novels, especially the ones full of magic like the CORALINE, THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON etc. It somehow soothes me and also appeals my senses. Luckily, this book has a elegant touch of fiction too!

When I first came to know about the book, I was really very fascinated. I read many positive reviews in Goodreads too and thus decided to pick up this book.

Now, when it comes t
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
A clever way of blending gaming, memories and visits to the past. I liked that scents are so important, it's true that they are the best way of evoking a memory. The imagery in the book, especially of the house with all the plants and green sounds beautiful. ...more
Aanya Mathur
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A pocketful of stars

A pocketful of stars by Aisha Bushby is an emotion story about Safiya, whose mum falls into a coma after they had an argument. Now Safiya finds herself drifting off into her mother's past in Kuwait. Safiya and her mother have never seen eye to eye. Her mum doesn’t understand Safiya's love of gaming and Safiya doesn’t think they have anything in common. As Safiya struggles to fit in she wonders if her mum wants her to be more like her confident best friend Elle. But then her
Zoe Antoniades
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book for middle graders right from the start and by the end, anyone of any age with a heart will be drawn in and moved to pieces
Kerrie Reid
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book - I sobbed at the end!!!
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved Aisha’s story in A Change is Gonna Come so I was really looking forward to reading her debut book and it did not disappoint!

This is a book that I wish I had been able to read when I was younger and trying to navigate my way through high school. It deals with friendships and bullying and growing up and changing. Everything that a lot of young people can struggle with. And the way Aisha deals with these issues is so beautifully done.

Reading a book where Safiya learns that it is okay
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