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A Constellation of Roses

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Ever since her mother walked out, Trix McCabe has been determined to make it on her own. And with her near-magical gift for pulling valuables off unsuspecting strangers, Trix is confident she has what it takes to survive. Until she’s caught and given a choice: jail time, or go live with her long-lost family in the tiny town of Rocksaw, Kansas.

Trix doesn’t plan to stick
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by HarperTeen
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book is a fantastic read! Trix definitely had a hard life lacking of family love. I like her thinking about Ember's pictures looking like a shrine as compared to her only picture was when the police picked her up or when she drew it herself. She sounds so lonely in this moment. She seems like an honest and down to earth person. I love Trix's long lost aunts. Mia is so nice and calm. I feel like her motto is give them time and they will come around and it sure works! Trix's great great aunt ...more
Candace Robinson
I actually just couldn’t connect to the characters or the story in this one but it had beautiful writing!
Toya
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 johns. Her
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Awww, this was really so lovely. The element of family in this story has my whole heart warmed. Full review coming soon! ...more
Kayla Brunson
Nov 21, 2019 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I recently read Asebedo’s debut The Deepest Roots last month and really enjoyed her writing and the theme of it. When I heard that she was writing a companion novel for it, I was so excited to read it. However, my feelings changed once I started reading A Constellation of Roses.

Maybe it’s because I was expecting the same whimsical feeling of her debut and the closeness of the friendship here. There wasn’t really any of that present here. While Trix and the other McCabe women do have gifts, I
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alana ♡
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Heartache's not all that bad. It reminds you that what you felt was real."

Do you ever just stumble across a story that feels so good for you heart? Like, if you're going through something tough, it gently helps you put back the pieces of your life...because that's exactly what this book did. There is always something about contemporary stories with a touch of magical realism that just suck me right in and this book as no exception. A girl with a troubled past who has a gift for stealing
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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
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
Alexa
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 beautiful and emotional
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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!

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Mike Lasagna
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book is just....wow. 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.
Christopher
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 so many
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Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Contemporary
*Rating* 3.5

*Thoughts*

A Constellation of Roses is the authors follow-up to her debut novel The Deepest Roots. 17-year old Trix McCabe has been living in various hotels doing what she needs to do in order to stay alive, dodging social services, and not having to return to another foster home after her mother went out for cigarettes and never returned. Trix has an uncanny ability of stealing things and not getting caught. She can literally walk
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USOM
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 things freely given,
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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.

A Constellation of Roses follows Trix, who has had to survive on her own since her mother walked out on her. She’s confident she can make it on her own due to her unusual, almost magical, gift — the ability to take unsuspecting strangers valuables. She steals just enough to get by until she’s caught. She’s given two choices; jail time or go live with her long-lost
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Dani Amaya
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 is a protagonist that I
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Stephanie Gillespie
Apr 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
Arc provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.
Madison
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
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Brooke
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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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.
Marzie
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Olivia
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...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.

A Constellation of
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Macy Davis
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There's nothing like a Miranda Asebedo book to make me feel right at home, especially when I'm missing home and the magic of Kansas.

Trix McCabe's mom has disappeared and after getting in legal trouble, she gets sent to live with family that she never knew she had in Rocksaw, Kansas. Watching Trix figure out how to put down roots was such a great part of this story. I loved being able to feel completely at home and comfortable in the small town, Kansas setting.

I absolutely powered through this
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Andrew
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
gwendalyn _books_
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Constellation of Roses
By Miranda Asebedo
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Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by HarperTeen
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“To Those brave enough to change the story of their scars.”

A heartwarming contemporary standalone novel with the slightest twist of magic,
Ever since her troubled mother abandoned her, Trix McCabe has
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Trish C. Arrieche
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 warmth of
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Meghan
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 always wanted, a
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