Wednesday, June 22, 2016

REVIEW: She Dims the Stars by Amber L. Johnson

From Goodreads:

Who is Audrey Byrd?

Ask her ex-best friend, Cline Somers, and he’ll tell you that she’s the girl who inexplicably stopped talking to him when they were fifteen years old, leaving him with nothing but questions and bitterness for the better part of the next six years.

Ask his roommate, Elliot Clark, and he would say that Audrey is the enigmatic girl who randomly showed up outside a window one day and turned his whole world upside down in a matter of moments.

Ask Audrey herself and she’ll tell you that she has no idea who she is, because her entire life is a lie. However, the older she gets the more she needs answers about who she really is.

What she discovers is a tangled web of secrets better left in the dark.

Some truths do more harm than good. 

***Recommended for readers 18+ due to sensitive subject matter, language and situations.

~My Review~

Upon finishing this book, I needed some time to reflect. To absorb the gravity and rawness of what I'd just read.

90% or 10%, She Dims the Stars hit home for me. For several personal reasons, I could relate to the different characters. It's a tale of friendship and growing up; it's a young love blooming in a desert of uncertainty. It's also a tale of despair and hopelessness masked in bright facades.

Audrey, Elliot, and Cline are uniquely developed characters who suck you right into their story. Audrey is quirky and fiery on the surface, but broken inside. Elliot is tender and loving, but he's also smart and won't be taken for a fool. Cline is endearing with his comedic relief, the eternal kid who will never really grow up. The bond which forms through the experiences they share is amazing to read.

Ms. Johnson has done it yet again. As a fan of her work, this should no longer be a surprise to me, yet I'm still blown away when the next book is better than the last. Dims was pure magic. I can't wait to see what she creates for us next.

*I was provided an advanced copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

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