Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for See All The Stars by Kit Frick. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. I will be sharing my review and there is a giveaway.
See All the Stars by Kit Frick
by Kit Frick
Publisher: McElderry Books
Release date: August 14, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Part love story, part thriller, We Were Liars meets Goodbye Days in this suspenseful, lyrical debut.
It’s hard to find the truth beneath the lies you tell yourself.
THEN They were four—Bex, Jenni, Ellory, Ret. Electric, headstrong young women; Ellory’s whole solar system.
NOW Ellory is alone, her once inseparable group of friends torn apart by secrets, deception, and a shocking incident that changed their lives forever.
THEN Lazy summer days. A party. A beautiful boy. Ellory met Matthias and fell into the beginning of a spectacular, bright love.
NOW Ellory returns to Pine Brook to navigate senior year after a two-month suspension and summer away—no boyfriend, no friends. No going back. Tormented by some and sought out by others, troubled by a mysterious note-writer who won’t let Ellory forget, and consumed by guilt over her not entirely innocent role in everything and everyone she’s lost, Ellory finds that even in the present, the past is everywhere.
The path forward isn’t a straight line. And moving on will mean sorting the truth from the lies—the lies Ellory has been telling herself.
See All The Stars has alternating chapters between “then” and “now”. This is Emory’s story about friendship and love. It becomes pretty clear early on that something big happened in the past. But we don’t know what it is until the end.
Emory, Ret, Jenni, and Bex are best friends. But not in the sense that they’re all so close to each other. They all hang out, but Ret is the person that keeps them all together. They are all friends with Ret, but not with each other as much. They don’t really hang out alone. Emory and Ret are the closest, which causes a huge problem with Jenni. She and Ret were friends first. It becomes clear early on that Ret is not a good person. She’s a mean girl. Ret controls everything with each girl. She manipulates and plays them. She likes to cause conflict between the other girls.
“Ret Johnston was the sun. Hot, bright, at the center of our universe. That we revolved around her was simply a fact.”
I did like Ret’s style and the music she listened to. Other than that, it was hard to like her at all. I enjoyed all the KMFDM references since I listened to them a long time ago. I don’t find many people who even know what industrial is.
Emory meets Matthias at a party. They start spending a lot of time together, but Matthias is a pretty troubled boy. He doesn’t have the best home life and takes care of his younger sister. He works a lot of hours and goes to concerts to write for his music blog. In the beginning, he seems ok, but he never really opens up to Emory about anything. He struggles to let her into his life. Instead of moving on, this seems to make her push even more. She loves him and wants a future with him. As the story goes on, you start to see so many cracks in the relationship.
I can’t give away too much without spoiling the story. Emory goes back to school for senior year and is all alone. She has to find a way to forgive herself for something and to forgive Ret. I did figure out one of the secrets pretty early on, but I didn’t really see the ending coming. I love that it surprised me.
I gave this one 4 stars (and I’m sort of tempted to go up a half star). I enjoyed the writing, the relationship and how they were far from perfect, and the ending. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an arc through Edelweiss (which is what I read) and a finished copy for review.
Prize: One finished copy of See All the Stars by Kit Frick (USA only)