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Under a Million Stars – Rita Branches

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Her heart cracked when her best friend walked away; it completely shattered when she lost her family in a tragic accident.

Now orphaned at seventeen, Charlotte Peterson is forced to live with her former best friend, Jacob Parker. Charlie, a talented pianist, desperately wants their loving friendship back, but something is holding Jake back. The more she spirals into the darkness of depression, the more she needs him.

Jacob vowed to stay away from her—no matter how much he still loved her. Armed with secrets that would have destroyed both of their families, he chose to end their friendship and walk away, which nearly killed him. As he watches the girl he once knew begin to fade away, however, he realises that their relationship is more important than the truth he’s hiding.

Now it’s up to Jacob to put the pieces of Charlie’s broken heart back together—even if it means revealing the secrets he so desperately wants to protect her from.
Will Jacob find a way to bring back the carefree, talented girl he once knew, or is it too late for both of them?


Okay, wow. Never again am I allowed to say that I don’t like YA Contemporary novels.

This novel was heartbreak wrapped in a fluffy blanket of romance. It was dark and intense and full of nasties that apparently no one but contemporary writers dare uncover. Under a Million Stars seemed to tackle so much in just 342 pages, but was done so seamlessly and smoothly, and wrapped up so neatly, that it doesn’t leave you with a bad after taste.

I won’t say too much about what happens in the book, because I think that telling you about the parts that aren’t already covered in the blurb would be a bit of a spoiler. The book tells the story of Charlotte and Jacob, best friends no-more, who are forced to live together in the aftermath of her families tragic deaths in a car accident. It is written in dual POV, with most chapters from Charlie, but also a few from Jacob to round out the story; and switches from present tense to flashbacks, using them to tell the story of ‘before’ and why they stopped being friends.

I thought that it was cleverly written in the way that it all comes to an end, and I thought that it was a wonderful way to show how far she had come in her recovery that she could find out by herself what was being kept from her.

I think that this book was spectacularly written. The story flows so well- everything fits together like a puzzle piece until all is revealed in the end. Rita has done an amazing job in using the dual POV and the flashbacks to create a well written, though almost mosaic, novel about the struggles of a girl who feels like she has lost everything, and the boy who loves her unconditionally.

I gave this baby 4 stars on Amazon and Goodreads, and I would recommend it to any of you who are looking for something a little more deep and meaningful than what most fantasy novels can give you.

Under a Million Stars
Rita Branches

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