Review: When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis

Title: When the Stars Lead to You
Author: Ronni Davis
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400

Content Warnings: depression, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, racism, classism, microaggressions

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Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things.

The stars.
And the boy she fell in love with last summer.

When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together.

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Review: A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo

Title: A Constellation of Roses
Author: Miranda Asebedo
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 336

Content Warnings: cancer, death of a parent, death of a sibling, underage drinking, addiction, depression, suicide, child abuse

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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 around Rocksaw long, but there’s something special about her McCabe relatives that she is drawn to. Her aunt, Mia, bakes pies that seem to cure all ills. Her cousin, Ember, can tell a person’s deepest secret with the touch of a hand. And Trix’s great-aunt takes one look at Trix’s palm and tells her that if she doesn’t put down roots somewhere, she won’t have a future anywhere.

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Review: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey

Title: The Library of Lost Things
Author: Laura Taylor Namey
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Pages: 384

Content Warnings: hoarding, abandonment

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From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books suddenly hangs in the balance.

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Shattering Stigmas 5.0 Wrap Up

It’s hard to believe that Shattering Stigmas has actually come to an end! This event has been incredible and I’m honored and grateful that Taylor chose me as a co-host.

So many amazing things happened over the last two weeks –

  • conversations were started
  • stories were shared for the first time
  • people realized they weren’t alone
  • advice was given and used
  • stigmas were shattered
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Shattering Stigmas: Taylor Swift and My Recovery from Self-Harm

Welcome to the last day of Shattering Stigmas! Since October 6 I’ve been highlighting voices from the book community on mental health. I co-hosted this event with Taylor from Stay on the Page, Shannon from It Starts at Midnight, and Amber from YA Indulgences so make sure to check their blogs out to see different content.


Content Warnings: depression, anxiety, self-harm

I’ve been an anxious bean for as long as I can remember but it was when I was eight that my anxiety really started to manifest – though I didn’t understand it at the time. I couldn’t figure out why it seemed like all of my friends could play and carry on conversations so easily when I second-guessed my every move and had to practice sentences in my head before speaking them. It felt like everything I did was being judged and any time I walked away the people I left behind would start to whisper about me.

This is a lot for a young person to carry – especially when it isn’t recognized as anxiety by any adults in their life.

I guess you really did it this time
Left yourself in your war path
Lost your balance on a tightrope
Lost your mind trying to get it back

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