Saturday, June 2, 2018

YA Pick: Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

Mara and Owen are twins and best friends. When Mara's friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, her reality starts to feel shattered--could her twin really be capable of such a violent act? Meanwhile, Mara's strained relationship with her ex-girlfriend/permanent friend Charlie doesn't help, and the news of Hannah's assault starts to bring up trauma from Mara's past that she hasn't been able to cope with. 

While I saw that this book had great reviews, I was really skeptical at first: there's a lot of books for teens right now that deal with consent and sexual assault, and while they're all important, they're often a difficult read! I don't want to call this an easy read: it's still dealing with a really serious and painful topic, and it does it extremely well. That said, it was a very fast book to read, and an engaging one: Mara is a compelling narrator and while she has to grapple with her brother's crime, the book is unflinchingly on Hannah's side. Blake also gets into the details of all of the characters as people, in a way that makes the story urgent and compelling. I was really blown away by this book, and maybe you will be too!