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Monday, March 26, 2018

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake


Rating: 5-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

Release date: May 15, 2018.

"Mara and Owen are as close as twins can get, so when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn't know what to think. Can her brother really be guilty of such a violent act? Torn between her family and her sense of right and wrong, Mara feels lost, and it doesn’t help that things are strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie. As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie come together in the aftermath of this terrible crime, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits into her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault..." [+ More].

This story is well written and the subject it covers right to the point. I did't not like it, but is not like I liked it either.

I liked Charlie's character but I didn't completely liked Mara (and I don't even know why).

Is it rape if you are heavily making out with your boyfriend and then you just don't feel like going all the way and ask him to stop but he doesn't and puts it in anyways? Isn't that what our president, Donald Trump did with his ex wife; had sex with her even when she didn't want to?

Anyways, some people will say that men should stop anyways... but that is not the issue here. I liked how Blake linked what happened to Mara to Hanna. Why would you believe one girl over the other?

Exploring what happened to Mara could be another whole book by itself!

Blake even takes on this whole new trend of I-don't-know-what-I-am (male or female), so I'm binary. But that's not really what this book is about either.

I will never understand how you a person can break up with somebody because "I don't want to lose your friendship." What the heck is that? Especially coming from a teen. If you didn't want to ruin the friendship you shouldn't have started dating in the fist place. And since when do teenagers see so far ahead? 17 year old breaking up because she doesn't want to ruin their friendship...

I think these teens in this book acted a lot more serious than their age. I didn't feel as if I was reading something from the perspective of a teenager but an adult.

Anyways, this is a nice book for a book club as it has a lot of points that can be taken up for discussion. Very well written, just that the characters didn't sound their age to me.