Title: See All The Stars
Author: Kit Frick
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ellory, Ret, Bex, and Jenni are the modern day Mean Girls.
She chose us because we listened to her, Ellory. We hung on her every word.
Ret is Regina George to a “T”: manipulative and cunning. Always keeps everyone at an arm’s length and always having them coming back for more.
She didn’t pick us because we were special snowflakes. She wanted followers, no friends.
The book goes back and forth between the present (senior year of high school) and a year before (junior year). In the present, we are at the start of the new school year, where the fabulous four went their own ways at the end of last year and are seeing each other for the first time since junior year. They used to all be best friends, but something happened to tear them apart.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…
The above quote was a phrase Ret used to apologize to Ellory, at least her way of an apology.
You may be wondering: “What exactly happens to break up the crew?” “What is Ret apologizing to Ellory for?” “What happened in the year between?” Read and you will find out 🙂
Before Ret, I was basically invisible.
With Ret, I was somebody.
Ret gave each of the girls enough attention to make them feel like they mattered. Ellory, Bex, and Jenni craved every second they had the approval of Ret, and at times, would get jealous if someone knew something about Ret that the others didn’t. But Ret knew exactly what she was doing. She never divulged too much to anyone, never truly letting anyone in.
So, I knew what was going to happen from the beginning. It was completely obvious, which disappointed me. And I think the justification by some of the characters just made me mad.
However, there was a slight twist of events in the very last portion of the novel, which I did enjoy. And as I was starting to realize exactly what the twist was, it completely made sense in my head and there were clues throughout the book. Because of that, it upped my two star rating to three.
I think this is a more relatable read for someone still in high school or middle school. For me, I was out of touch and didn’t relate to any of the characters, but I think that mainly has to do with age (I felt a little pedophily). Had I been a bit younger, I think this would’ve been a fun read.
The expected publication date is August 14, 2018.