Girl Made of Stars

Girl Made of Stars

Book - 2018
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When Mara's twin brother Owen is accused of rape by her friend Hannah, Mara is forced to confront her feelings about her family, her sense of right and wrong, a trauma from her past, and the future with her girlfriend, Charlie.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781328778239
Branch Call Number: YA FIC
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 22 cm


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I had very high expectations of this one, and sadly, I didn't feel that it lived up to them. This is a good book, and an important one, but I didn't connect with it for a few reasons.

No matter my personal thoughts on it, though, I think that this book needs to be in the world. It's told from the perspective of Mara, whose twin brother, Owen, is accused of rape. The girl who accuses him, Hannah, is Mara's friend, leaving her with a massive ethical dilemma that involves her family, her friends, and her own values. Who should she believe?

I've never read a book from the perspective of someone affected by an ordeal like this. I did find myself seeing through Mara's eyes, wondering what she would choose, wondering what was going to come to light and how it was going to affect her. But then...nothing really did. Mara made the decision that I would hope we would all make, but as she discovered her own belief, she grated on my nerves so badly. Her actions towards Charlie (who, btw, is working her way towards coming out as non-binary, and who likes girls, and who, in general, should've been a snowflake and my favourite character - and who decidedly wasn't, but anyways, more on that later) made me want to yell. I completely understand her frustration, her sequestered feelings of powerlessness and helplessness. The way that her own story comes out is heartbreaking. But I truly just did not connect with her.

And the cast of supporting characters did nothing to alter my opinion of the book in general. As I mentioned, Charlie should've been amazing, and instead, the way that she dealt with the breakup with Mara was frustrating and juvenile, and sometimes, the way that she talked to Mara about her identity felt like a crash course in "this is how non-binary people are" from the author. It didn't feel authentic to me. Owen was cringey, even though we were supposed to feel Mara's relationship with him in the way they interacted - all I saw was the entitled douchebag who would absolutely rape someone. And don't even get me started on Mara's parents. Or Alex. There were some redeeming moments for both of them, but overall, they just felt like these caricatures of characters to me.

The characters were what turned me off of this one. Story-wise, this didn't need any more closure than we got. It was subtle and felt real. I just wish that the characters held up that story better and let me get lost in it. As it was, all I felt was the disconnection between the two.

May 29, 2019

This book deftly handled the complex emotions behind someone close to you -- a twin brother, in this case -- being accused of rape. Highly recommend.

Sep 23, 2018

This book.... just destroyed me.

The story follows Mara, after her twin brother, Owen, is accused of rape by her bestfriend/his girlfriend as she struggles to have faith and believe in her brother, when he tells her he didn't do anything wrong, while her brain and heart tell her that the victim is not a person who is likely to lie.

Aug 01, 2018

My mistake, I didn't realize this was a YA, young adult novel and it read like one. Good story but I would not recommend as an adult book.

Jul 26, 2018

So I read this book in two sittings... and it ruined me. This is an emotional story about two twins, on accused of rape, and the other trying to cope with the idea that her brother might in fact raped her best friend. This book is emotionally raw and uncomfortable, but so powerful as well. Definitely recommend it for though who enjoy a complex or tougher read.

JCLEmmaF Apr 09, 2018

Girl Made of Stars follows Mara after her twin brother is accused of rape by one of her best friends / his girlfriend.
This book... I don’t know what to say. Mara is everything i wish i were, and it’s so well done. So, so necessary, like a close friend.


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May 29, 2019

Other: Teen alcohol use.

May 29, 2019

Violence: Rape (described), sexual harassment, sexual abuse.

May 29, 2019

Coarse Language: Non-gratuitous swearing.

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May 29, 2019

stepha89 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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May 04, 2020

“Even girls made of stars are captives, bound at the wrists and traded like property. Even girls made of stars aren't asked, aren't believed, aren't considered worth the effort unless they can offer something in return.
Even girls made of stars buy into those lies sometimes.”


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