Sam is the artistic girl that keeps to herself and Zoe is the popular girl at the front of the stage. Their friendship begins by accident when Zoe asks Sam to lend one of her paintings for a school production play and so begins Starworld. A fictional world where the two girls go to find peace and getting away from the chaos and order of their separate lives.
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Pub. Date: 16 April 2019
Sam’s mother has OCD and everything has to be just so, Zoe’s brother has Down’s syndrome and chaos rules her home. Sam dreams of space but worries about leaving her mother behind, Zoe dreams of finding out who she really is but worries about hurting her parents.
I loved reading this a lot. The two main characters and their different chapters worked so well together. I found myself connecting with both Zoe and Sam.
I really liked Sam although she’s your typical unpopular artsy, nerd girl but there was something about her that felt fresh. Her mother’s illness has shaped her. One thing that I appreciated about this book was showing how mental illness affects the people around us and it just sort of spills over whether we want it to or not.
Zoe on the outside she’s your perfect character but she hides herself. She’s struggling with her identity due to being adopted and torn between her love for her family and wanting to find out about her birth mother. I loved everything about her, she’s sweet and kind and needed a quiet space to land and she found that in her friendship with Sam.
The ending was not what I expected but I’m not mad at it. It didn’t feel out of place like endings so when they go in a different direction.
This is the type of book that makes you feel things and it fits into my favourite vague trope ∼ of where the main characters overcome less than stellar home lives and pursue their dreams ∼ it has queer representation, adoption representation, mental health representation and family relationships.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
There was a scene that was slightly aphobic towards the end.