STARWORLD – Audrey Coulthurst & Paula Garner (Honest Review)

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Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary – LGBT
Target Audience: 12+
Rating: B+ (82%)
Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Goodreads description: Sam Jones and Zoe Miller have one thing in common: they both want an escape from reality. Loner Sam flies under the radar at school and walks on eggshells at home to manage her mom’s obsessive-compulsive disorder, wondering how she can ever leave to pursue her dream of studying aerospace engineering. Popular, people-pleasing Zoe puts up walls so no one can see her true self: the girl who was abandoned as an infant, whose adoptive mother has cancer, and whose disabled brother is being sent away to live in a facility. When an unexpected encounter results in the girls’ exchanging phone numbers, they forge a connection through text messages that expands into a private universe they call Starworld. In Starworld, they find hilarious adventures, kindness and understanding, and the magic of being seen for who they really are. But when Sam’s feelings for Zoe turn into something more, will the universe they’ve built survive the inevitable explosion?

It captured me from the first page. Hook, line, and sinker.

Coming in from a dual-perspective, this book gave you the true insight into the two main characters, the popular drama girl and the quiet art girl. It’s a gorgeous LGBT story about two girls finding themselves and who they are. It never went the way I anticipated it to, and I loved it so much more because of that. The characters feel real, and their situations may be so far from my own, but I still felt as if I understood. I wanted to stand by their sides and help them fight the demons that kept swooping at them. It’s honestly nothing like I’ve read before and I can’t recommend this book enough.

The way this novel is written is exceptional. Taken from the heart of the author, each word projects exactly what needs to be said and felt in each of the situations. The girls are facing their own battles, meanwhile trying to be happy and hide the life they have to face on the daily from the world.

It’s a fun contemporary that twists a sense of science fiction into the mix that will only make you want to explore a new world yourself. Do yourself a favour and pick this one up, you won’t regret it!

The break down of my rating:
Plot: 
8/10
Characterisation: 8/10
Development:
 8/10
Style & Tone: 8/10
Enjoyment Factor: 9/10

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