Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst & Paula Gerner

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Title: Starworld

Author: Audrey Coulthurst & Paula Gerner

Release Date: April 16, 2019

Rating: ★ ★ ★ 

SynopsisIn a novel in two voices, a popular teen and an artistic loner forge an unlikely bond — and create an entire universe — via texts. But how long before the real world invades Starworld?

Sam Jones and Zoe Miller have one thing in common: they both want an escape from reality. Loner Sam flies under the radar at school and walks on eggshells at home to manage her mom’s obsessive-compulsive disorder, wondering how she can ever leave to pursue her dream of studying aerospace engineering. Popular, people-pleasing Zoe puts up walls so no one can see her true self: the girl who was abandoned as an infant, whose adoptive mother has cancer, and whose disabled brother is being sent away to live in a facility. When an unexpected encounter results in the girls’ exchanging phone numbers, they forge a connection through text messages that expands into a private universe they call Starworld. In Starworld, they find hilarious adventures, kindness and understanding, and the magic of being seen for who they really are. But when Sam’s feelings for Zoe turn into something more, will the universe they’ve built survive the inevitable explosion?

My Review: So this is what I think.. after reading this novel in only one sitting, I’ve come to a few conclusion details.

The cover although very beautiful, the synopsis did not reflect the story very well, or maybe I had a different interpretation. Is is not a f/f romance as you may have gathered from it, but I also can’t really explain more for fear of giving too much away. 

The story in itself was very enjoyable, but I think because I already had an idea of what I thought it would be like, I didn’t enjoy it to the fullest. 

During high school we all have struggles, but when there’s trouble at home, or issue with family that we as young teenagers also have to deal with, life can be a little hectic, and overwhelming. 

Sam and Joey form an unlikely friendship (come upon by chance) and find comfort in each other, creating an alternate reality where they can escape, a world they call Starworld. 

Told in an alternate point of view, this way of narrative give the reader a much closer sense of the characters both of their feels and struggles. 

A read for that fantasy lover, or someone who may relate to the characters.

Even though I didn’t feel the characters were personably relatable to me, I enjoyed the read overall.

On Sale April 16th!!  

Thank You #CandlewickPress for sending me this beautiful galley copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.. #Partner

Love, Ellie

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