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When the Stars Lead to You 3.5 starsAt times I struggled with some of the characters and story but now that I ve finished the book, I feel like I can sit back and appreciate what the author was attempting to do here Reading the Author s Note at the end of the book helped put things into context for me This might not be a perfect read but one that nonetheless was worthy of my time.High school student Devon is focused on her future She studies hard so she can go to the college of her choice and hopefully nab a ton of sch 3.5 starsAt times I struggled with some of the characters and story but now that I ve finished the book, I feel like I can sit back and appreciate what the author was attempting to do here Reading the Author s Note at the end of the book helped put things into context for me This might not be a perfect read but one that nonetheless was worthy of my time.High school student Devon is focused on her future She studies hard so she can go to the college of her choice and hopefully nab a ton of scholarship money to pay for it Her goal of becoming an astrophysicist is going to require a lot of schooling but she s determined to make her dream come true She meets Ashton one summer and quickly falls for him Unfortunately he breaks her heart Fast forward to Devon s senior year and guess who is a new student at her school Why Ashton of course If you let someone back into your life who hurt you once before, aren t the odds pretty high that person will break your heart again Is it worth the risk First of all I liked how Devon was totally into science and was out there doing her best to make her dreams come true It s always nice to see a character who is focused and driven in young adult fiction The author introduces some important issues into the story including mental illness It s a topic that is personal to me and I have mixed feelings about how it was handled in the book While there were certain moments and feelings I could relate to, a few times things just felt off In particular at times the dialogue between Devon and Ashton felt unnatural and not realistic I didn t really have a problem with the plot so much as the actual execution I hate saying this but at certain points the story took on a melodramatic vibe and given some serious subjects are explored, it was disappointing I wanted to be 100% emotionally invested in the characters but unfortunately at times I struggled.With that being said though, I am glad I read the book It s not your typical fluffy teenage romance There s some depth to the characters and story even though I wasn t completely happy with the execution The author didn t play it safe with the story and took some chances which is commendable Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advance reader s copy I was not obligated to share my review here and all views expressed are my honest opinion so amazing would highly recommend. Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestDNF p 151I feel really bad about not finishing this one but I couldn t stand the writing Devon is supposed to be an astrophysicist in the making in her senior year of high school, but she was written like a middle schooler The whole foundation of the star crossed romance is a summer of insta love cheese that ends up going sour, followed by a second chance romance type plot only because they didn t have any real or deep connection Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestDNF p 151I feel really bad about not finishing this one but I couldn t stand the writing Devon is supposed to be an astrophysicist in the making in her senior year of high school, but she was written like a middle schooler The whole foundation of the star crossed romance is a summer of insta love cheese that ends up going sour, followed by a second chance romance type plot only because they didn t have any real or deep connection before imo , it doesn t really work I skimmed to the end, and while I appreciate that this book tackles some pretty important issues depression, suicide, interracial relationships, and biracial identity this didn t click for me in the strongest way I think I d only beannoyed than I am now if I pushed myself to finish, so I m going to stop now Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 1 to 1.5 stars January 24, 2019 we have a cover I hope you love it as much as I do HELL YES DNF at 45% I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review My thoughts and opinions are my own Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.I really liked the concept for When the Stars Lead to You, but felt like the story was poorly executed Devon is an eighteen year old that wants to be an astrophysicist, but her voice was very juvenile unless she was talking about space and the stars I sometimes forgot she was in her senior DNF at 45% I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review My thoughts and opinions are my own Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.I really liked the concept for When the Stars Lead to You, but felt like the story was poorly executed Devon is an eighteen year old that wants to be an astrophysicist, but her voice was very juvenile unless she was talking about space and the stars I sometimes forgot she was in her senior year of high school, and mentally pictured her as a fourteen year old obsessively in love.When I say obsessively, I m not exaggerating Devon and Ashton s relationship was instantaneous and heavy They fell in love literally at first sight, and their relationship only gotintense the longer it continued I just cannot imagine Devon sitting on a porch for an entire day and night just because he ghosted her on their last day at the beach together Their relationship was suffocating and unhealthy Yes, teenagers fall in love hard and fast, but this felt different I also dislike it when a character throws everything away for their love interest College and astrophysics have been Devon s dream for years, but she starts slipping as things heat up with Ashton for a second time He s dealing with depression and family issues, so his presence is very time consuming and emotionally draining for Devon She doesn t know how to help him, but tries to be understanding and available It just felt like she was too easily derailed from her lifelong plans and aspirations We go from insta love, to second chance insta love, to heavy and very intense, to all consuming love Questions like, Do you love me started popping up pretty early on, and even discussions about marriage Marriage I told my cousin I was going to marry you someday Ashton said this the first time he saw her on the beach I still think about marrying you someday Ashton said this shortly after they reconnected over a year later, even though he d previously been dating someone else I feel like if anyone could take you away from me, it s her Devon s feelings on love and marriage with Ashton I hate that Devon felt so insecure after giving her heart to him and having him leave her without a word I understand her feelings, but her willingness to fall back down the rabbit hole with him was disconcerting It really did feel like an obsessive relationship on both sides that I had trouble rallying behind I wish there had beensecondary characters to offer their perspectives and opinions, but Blair only warns Devon vaguely about her happiness She also threatens Ashton, but there wasn t much fire behind it It felt like Devon and Ashton were in their own little bubble, which felt unrealistic and didn t offer much variety to the story I also dislike it when a book doestelling than showing, which I think added a lot of unnecessary dialogue Their accidental run in a year later didn t feel realistic either They spent an entire summer together on the beach and never discussed their hometowns or schools Yes, they talked about college, but never about where they went to high school They mentioned maintaining a relationship once the summer was over, but didn t talk about how that would work Where they would each be living Ashton was very cagey during some of their conversations, which might be why that didn t come up, but it still felt off I did like the biracial representation, and how the author showed Devon dealing with other people s microaggressions throughout her life Offhanded comments that are said one way and perceived another very well done The discussions about depression and suicidal ideations was well represented as well The author s note at the end is definitely worth reading, and lets the reader know this was an ownvoices story Overall, I enjoyed certain aspects of When the Stars Lead to You, but after skimming through to the end, I know that quitting when I did was the right call for me A lot of other people really resonated with this story, so check out other reviews before making a final decision Originally posted at Do You Dog ear on November 10, 2019 When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis is a solid debut YA novel about Devon, an 18 year old with dreams of being an astrophysicist These dreams are changed, however, when Devon meets Ashton, a fellow 18 year old who Devon falls deeply in love with, but Ashton s high end lifestyle and life threatening depression may just make things too difficult for the star crossed lovers.There were so many great things about this novel, and Ronni Davis is definitely an author to keep an eye on going forwa When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis is a solid debut YA novel about Devon, an 18 year old with dreams of being an astrophysicist These dreams are changed, however, when Devon meets Ashton, a fellow 18 year old who Devon falls deeply in love with, but Ashton s high end lifestyle and life threatening depression may just make things too difficult for the star crossed lovers.There were so many great things about this novel, and Ronni Davis is definitely an author to keep an eye on going forward.First of all, I really loved the journey of Devon and Ashton s romance I really liked that it was over dramatic at times because that s what young love is Falling in love in high school is always an over the top experience, and Davis nailed the execution of that perfectly.Another great aspect of this novel is the balance between the dreamy high school romance and the intense themes that Davis incorporates into their story.I loved way Devon s biracial identity was handled While it wasn t the central focus of the novel, the way Davis tackled microaggressive racist behavior was exquisite in my opinion Similarly, I really liked how the plotline of Ashton s family being rich and Devon being a scholarship student was handled It was perfectly balanced with the lighter themes of this novel.That being said, though, my favorite part of this novel is how Ashton s depression was handled The author s note at the end of the novel shows just how personal that arc was to the author, and she manages to expertly portray this terrifying illness in a realistic and moving way I found his arc so relatable and so well done, and it is truly one of the best mental illness representations to exist in YA literature to date.The ending of this novel is also one of my favorite novel endings of all time.While I loved so many aspects of the novel, it always felt like there was something lacking to me It took me a while to figure it out, but I finally realized that what I think would have perfected this novel in my opinion would be to make it a dual perspective between Devon and Ashton There were so many points in the novel where I would have loved to hear Ashton s inner thoughts, and I think that addition would have solidified this as a 5 star read in my mind.Ultimately, though, When the Stars Lead to You is a dreamy, well written debut that packs a solid emotional punch, and I would definitely recommend it to most any YA reader content warnings this book deals heavily with themes of depression suicide and slight themes of racism Raw Real Difficult Emotional Heart breaking.Huge thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy to read and review I ll have my review done soon. Eighteen Year Old Devon Longs For Two ThingsThe StarsAnd The Boy She Fell In Love With Last SummerWhen 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 TogetherNow 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 From Debut Author, Ronni Davis, Comes A Stunning Novel About Passion, Loss, And The Power Of First Love I m so torn I understand and appreciate what the author was trying to do, I just don t think it was executed all that well.Devon is a biracial 18 year old girl who is starting her senior year of high school She s focused on getting into her dream college and learningabout astrophysics Also enjoying her last year of school with her best friend, Blair.The last thing she expects is to see the guy who ghosted her a year and half ago, after what was the perfect summer relationship Devon is I m so torn I understand and appreciate what the author was trying to do, I just don t think it was executed all that well.Devon is a biracial 18 year old girl who is starting her senior year of high school She s focused on getting into her dream college and learningabout astrophysics Also enjoying her last year of school with her best friend, Blair.The last thing she expects is to see the guy who ghosted her a year and half ago, after what was the perfect summer relationship Devon is confused and angry to see Ashton again, but those feelings are still there and she s left wondering what exactly happened that summer.First, let s talk about the characters I liked both of them, but it never really got past that I loved Devon s passion for the stars, it s the best thing about her I loved seeing the way she got excited any time she talked about them, and I loved that, no matter what, getting into the college with the best astrophysics program was always her priority.Then there s Ashton I think this book would have really benefited from having some chapters with his POV, though I do understand why it didn t include him as this is Devon s story However, I do think never really seeing where his head is at and seeing all his actions through Devon s POV made itdifficult to connect with him But either way, sympathizing with him was all too easy.This book focused on a lot of topics Two of the biggest ones are mental illness and race I thought the biracial rep was really good here There were a lot of good conversations about race in the book and you could see a lot of the microaggressions Devon has to deal with because of the fact she s half black in a predominately white school and dating a rich, white guy.Mental illness is also a huge theme Specifically depression and suicidal ideation This is where a little bit of my mixed feelings come in I found some of the things Ashton talked about and went through very relatable, and some fell a little flat Obviously this is a personal thing, not everyone will feel the same.The romance between Ashton and Devon is my main issue The insta love was strong Also, so everyone knows, this is not a romance book Their relationship was always moving so fast They initially fell in love so quickly, then Devon forgave Ashton super quickly They had their cute moments, I just wish their relationship had been a bitfleshed out Then towards the end, I wish there had been a bitresolution to it.At the end of the day, this won t make any of my favorites list However, I can tell this book was really special for the author, and I don t regret reading it

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