Tuesday, April 23, 2019

STARWORLD by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner Official Blog Tour



Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Candlewick (April 16, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0763697567
ISBN-13: 978-0763697563


Praise for STARWORLD

An unlikely friendship blossoms between two high school seniors…in the deft hands of co-authors Coulthurst (Inkmistress, 2018, etc.) and Garner (Relative Strangers, 2018, etc.), the well-realized main characters and deeply insightful descriptions of complex emotions combine into an unusually thoughtful novel…Readers seeking characters facing challenges with honesty, bravery, and kindness will appreciate this book with its reminder that our outward lives often don’t reflect who we really are. ―Kirkus Reviews


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?

In a novel in two voices, a popular teen and an artistic loner forge an unlikely bond — and create an entire universe — via texts. But how long before the real world invades Starworld?


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My Review

The saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover" comes to mind as I read this book. This is not directed to the book , but to direct that saying towards people. You don't know what a person it going through mentally....they may hide it well and keep secrets, or they be an introvert and keep to themselves because they have a difficult time letting people in...and this book is a perfect example of that. Reach out to someone you wouldn't normally speak to, you might just brighten their day or change their life.

Just like Zoe did for Sam...and Sam did for Zoe. Two girls that are completely opposite help each other in a way that changes their lives. Zoe is the popular girl, always involved in school activities, and has a boyfriend HOWEVER, she is hiding a lot from her friends because she feels she has to be upbeat, friendly and perfect all the time. Sam, keeps to herself, handling her mom with her OCD and anxiety, fearing her father doesn't love her anymore. So when Zoe discovers that Sam is a talented artist, and asks to use her art in a play, the friendship started. Sam is unsure why this popular girl would give her he time of day....but as they slowly get to know each other, they open up about what they are hiding, and create a world called Starworld where they both can escape...and fly away on a fire breathing dragon through the galaxy.

Starworld is such a sweet and heartfelt story. I ached for both main characters in this story...rejoiced with them as they both started to face their problems, and cried...oh, it's emotional.

I highly recommend this book....it flows perfectly and you will dive into it and be gasping for a breath.  I loved all the characters, the little twists and unexpected turns throughout, and the ending...wow...I didn't expect it, but it all turned out in the end.  All the bells and whistles for a fantastic read....and I usually don't read contemporary type books!



Photo Credit for Audrey: Evrim Icoz Photography

Paula Garner spends most of her time writing, reading, or making good things to eat and drink. She is the author of YA contemporary novels Starworld, Relative Strangers, and Phantom Limbs, which was a 2017 Illinois Reads selection for grades 9-12. Follow her on Twitter at @paulajgarner.


Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse.

Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University and studied with Malinda Lo as a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. She lives in Santa Monica, California.



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