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When the Stars Lead to You|ARC Review

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Author: Ronni Davis

Publication Date: November 12th

Rating: ★.5

Synopsis: 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.

Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it as she prepares for a future studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Can she forgive him and open her heart again? Or are they doomed to repeat history?

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book to review but all thoughts are my own

Spoiler Free Review

I want to start off this review by starting how pretty this cover looks. Okay, now that I said that, onto the review! This was an enjoyable read. We follow a high school senior named Devon. Devon spent the summer before junior year at her cousin’s house near the beach. At a party she meets a boy named Ashton. Right off the bat the two of them click, and they spend the whole summer together. And then Ashton breaks Devon’s heart, leaving her all alone of what was suppose to be their last day together. Devon spends the next year trying to get over Ashton. Senior year rolls around and Devon is ready to focus on her future. That is until she sees an all familiar face at her school. Ashton arrives at her school and all her feelings rush back. Devon struggles with her feelings for him and what he did to her.

Devon’s dream is to become an astrologist and it’s really clear in the book. I like how there is this constant underlying theme in the book that revolves around the stars in the sky because Devon is really passionate about it. Some books mention something that is important to the main character but they don’t exactly show it, I like that Davis clearly showed how much Devon likes astrology. Devon is a senior in college and that means college applications. I appreciate that Davis showed how stressful applying for a college can be and the stress of getting into your dream college. As a senior I am going through these same notions as Devon and  I really related to her and her stress about college.

This book deals with mental health like depression and suicidal thoughts. I feel like this book just touches base in a way with depression and suicidal thoughts. Because this book is Devon’s story and from her P.O.V we don’t really get the depth of how the person is dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts. However I think the book did a good job of showing how tough it can be being in a relationship with someone who is currently battling depression and has suicidal thoughts. We see the worries Devon has and her fears and it felt very real to me.

This book has bi-racial rep in it which I really liked. Devon comes from a bi-racial family and enters a bi-racial relationship herself as well. It hits on good conversations about race and acceptance of dating outside your race.

Overall I enjoyed this book. I liked Devon as a main character and I loved how she felt relatable as a character. I liked how the book was split up into three parts. Before when Devon first met Ashton, During when she sees Ashton again, and After, when high school ends. This was a book where I enjoyed it but didn’t exactly love it.

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