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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  79 reviews
This novel follows twins Audrey and Clare as they grapple with their brother's death and their changing relationships – with each other and themselves.

Audrey and Clare may be twins, but they don’t share a school, a room, a star sign, or even a birthday. Ever since their brother Adam’s death, all they’ve shared is confusion over who they are and what comes next.

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Published September 29th 2020 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Clare and Audrey are two twin sisters who grow apart after their older brother dies in a tragic car accident. I believe things between them weren't good even before, but that's definitely the breaking point and that's what we see in this novel, the two of them dealing with the ghost of their brother and trying to understand themselves and to salvage their relationship.
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Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Audrey and Clare are twins. They were best friends but have grown apart. They have recently lost their older brother Adam.

This was a heart felt read.

Audrey and Clare are both dealing with their grieve over the brother in the book.Clare is struggling to adjust in her new school and Audrey is grappling with her gender fluidity.

I felt for both Audrey and Clare.

I loved that their parents supported them in what choices they made in their life.

This books deals with real life issues that include g
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audrey and Clare are non identical twins whose older brother recently died. Audrey goes to a SEN school, and Clare to a mainstream school. Clare is figuring out her identity, and pulling away from her sister, whilst Audrey feels left behind, and is desperate to prove that she can return to Clare's school.

The book is told through both Audrey and Clare's perspectives, with alternating chapters. I liked Audrey immediately. I'm always happy to see a neurodivergent main character, and I thought Audr
Vighnesh Muraly
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 stars

This book was so good. It followed this pair of twins and how they are both dealing with the loss of their brother as well as discovering themselves.

This story was just executed so well. The way the characters progressed throughout the story was just flawless and I could not have seen it done any better. I felt that the author put them in the perfect situations for us to get to know them well and for us to see their relationships.

The author made me feel all the right things and the writ
Hope Moore
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s, lgbtqia-books
I loved this book so much. We follow twins Audrey and Clare as they navigate their lives ten months after there brothers death.

Audrey deals with not only the grief of losing her brother but also dealing with her ADHD and Autism and feeling like she doesn’t belong in the school she is in.

Clare deals with questioning herself and her gender along with the grief of her brother.

Clare and Audrey deal with a lot in this book. Both of them grow and develop as people. I feel like their individual char
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Why you should read this book (aka why I emotionally fell apart)
-as a neurodivergent person this rep was very accurate and genuinely meant so much to me. This is the first time that I’ve read a book where another neurodivergent character plays games in their head like me, and the sensory issues (which I only recently learned are an actual part of ADHD and I feel so fucking validated) and the panic that she feels when forced to
Jay G
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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2.5/5 Stars

Audrey and Clare are twins who were best friends growing up. After the death of their older brother, Adam, things haven't been the same. Audrey is neuro-diverse and is struggling with being accepted by those around her and adjusting to her new school. At the same time, Clare is questioning t
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really really loved this. I didn’t have very many expectations going into it, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be as touching as it was.

It’s really interesting to see how each of the twins are grieving their brother’s death. They both grieve in very different, but also very similar ways. I found that really interesting.

I’ve never read a book with a genderfluid person! I’ve read a few books with characters who have different gender orientations, but never someone who is fluid on the sp
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
even though it had some flaws, i enjoyed this book. i loved to read about clare coming to terms with her genderfluidity and it was so amazing to see her falling in love with a non-binary person. i really was amazed by the trans representation. there was a great deal of development of the two main characters throughout the book which was really lovely. i liked getting to know each one of them.

(tw: death, natural disasters, transphobia, homophobia, hp references)
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: rainbow-reads
This was kinda a weird one for me.

Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)
Thank you to Edelweiss+ and HMH Books for Younger Readers for sending me this eARC in exchange for an honest review!

Under Shifting Stars is such a powerful novel. The whole cast of characters felt so, wonderfully real, and I found myself relating to both the main characters in some respects. Latos nails the confusing feelings of being a teenager who doesn’t fit in with their peers, for one reason or another.

First off, this representation! As I said in the summary, Clare is genderfluid, and her l
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I liked the most about this novel was that it addresses really difficult themes at an earlier stage than most YA books and I think that is extremely necessary. Teens don't just become sexual, thinking, feeling beings once they hit sixteen and they need stories like these to make them feel less alone earlier.
"Under Shifting Stars" focuses on a set of fraternal twins, Audrey who is neurodiverse, and Clare that starts to question her/his gender identity and sexual orientation. On top of that t
Lexy Baker
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So excited for September 29th - publication day!!!

Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Under Shifting Stars is a brilliant novel! It is a coming of age story about twins who grieve their brother's untimely death in divergent ways, which strains their twin bond nearly to breaking point. The characters are alternating narrators who tell their stories from each perspective. Neurodiverse Audrey wants to be "normal" and accepted like everyone else rather than attending the school for "freaks". Her twin, Clare, gradually comes to terms with her genderfluidity even if it means being the ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
this was... beautiful.
not too complicated or too dramatic but very unique and also very important. there are a lot of things going on, and i think all of them were handled quite masterfully.

wouldn't say it was an "absolute favourite" kind of a five-star but it reached some places in me and people should definitely read this!!
Becky Brett
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

(No spoilers here, don't worry!)

I loved this book. It was about grief, identity, self-discovery, and finding ones place in the world in the midst of it all.

Looking forward to more from this author in the future!
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
“It’s not a trend. We’ve always been here. We just finally feel safe enough to make that known.”

A book by an Albertan author set in Alberta with a gender fluid MC, a non-binary love interest, and a neurodivergent MC? YES PLEASE! I loved this book so much!

This story follows twin sisters Clare and Audrey as they deal with growing up, growing apart, and finding themselves. Clare is trying to figure out her gender identity (she still prefers to use she/her pronouns) while also falling for a non-bin
Randi (Rampant Reading Reviews)
I received an advanced copy of Under Shifting Stars from NetGalley, so that I could share my review with you!

Audrey and Clare might be twins, but they share very little. They don’t attend the same school, don’t live in the same room, and they definitely don’t understand each other. The only thing they seem to have in common is the grief they are experiencing after their brother’s sudden death. When he died, it severed the last ties between the twins, leaving them adrift in their own worlds. Audr
Sep 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
*1.5 Stars* ... this book was NOT IT
(5.5/10) – ⭐⭐⭐

I was provided with an advanced reader copy by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Under Shifting Stars is one of those books that has both things that really didn’t work for me, and things that were done really well, evening out as a lower-end three star rating.

While I’m an advocate for diversity in YA, I’m not a huge fan of first-person POVs when the author does not have true firsthand experience with what the ch
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my e-ARC. Alexandra Latos’ ‘Under Shifting Stars’ has been a heartfelt and amazing real book.

Having younger siblings, twins, who are so different from each other and yet have this unique connection, I love reading about twins. And ‘Under Shifting Stars’ has not disappointed on this account. The interchanging narration between Audrey and Clare allows the reader to see both sisters through each other eyes, and witness first-handed what they are going
Emily Sarah
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neurodiverse and LGBT+ rep? Count me in.

This story is an emotive one that will leave you reaching for hot chocolate, praying that these siblings can move past their prior lives.

Audrey and Clare are twins who recently lost their brother, there is blame between them, anger and sadness as with any close relative death.

It’s interesting to see a portrayal that deals with this in a diverse manner; with the exploration of self and the relation between how neurotypical and neurodiverse people handle g
Giulia Colma
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Under Shifting Stars is the story of two twins whose relationship fell apart after their brother died. Clare is struggling with her self identity and sexuality and Audrey is tired of being considered different from her neurotypical peers. On top of that, Audrey blames herself because she thinks she was the cause of her brother's death since he was coming to pick her up from a disastrous karate lesson.

I LOVED this book. I could
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this novel about two sisters who are learning to embrace who they truly are. As a teacher I appreciated Audrey's story. I know students who have felt her frustration and wanted to escape their "bubble" to interact with peers who they perceive as "normal." Her journey felt realistic and only a bit preachy.

However, If I buy a copy of this book for my classroom it is for Clare. For members of the LGBTQ+ community, the author's handling of Clare may seem pedantic as readers get to
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audrey and Claire are non identical twins. Audrey is different to her neurotypical peers and is tired of being seen as such and just wants to fit in and go to the same school as her twin again. Clare is popular and seems to life under control. When their brother Adam dies in a car accident the girls lose their bond with blame and guilt and reprisals. Clare is trying to grieve and come to terms with her changing view of the own gender and starts to wear Adams clothes cuts her hair, just trying to ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
a beautiful book with perfectly human characters. the emotions and relationships in it felt wonderful and real. everybody should read this book — and whether or not you relate to the characters and their struggles, it is quite clear that there are lessons in here that everybody needs to hear about life and grief and love.
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audrey and Clare are fraternal twins. They used to be inseparable, but after a period of drifting apart, the death of their older brother that distance became a chasm.

This is a wonderful coming of age story. Each of the girls has their own struggles with identity, where they belong, and being themselves when that is different from the majority.

The author has handled a range of complex and often sensitive topics with clarity and compassion. I truly enjoyed this novel and stayed up into the night
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Popular Clare and artistic Audrey are twins with nothing in common but the trauma of their brother's death. Audrey is certain everything will be better once she convinces her parents and therapist to let her go to mainstream school with her sister again. But Clare is having enough trouble dealing with mean girls already without having to protect “Oddrey.” She is starting to suspect neither her gender nor her sexuality fit into tidy boxes, and it's a lot to cope with. Their paths to healing are o ...more
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