See All the Stars

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 11 Oct 2019

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I really liked Ellory and the girls' friendship, it was so perfectly teenage with the clothes and nail polish and the undercurrent of competition between Ellory and Jenni. I thought the first half was slow to get going, but it paid off in the end and I really liked the book as a whole.
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THIS BOOK!!! The twist. Thank you netgalley and the publishers and author for the ARC my opinion is my own and my review is my honest view and hasn't been affected. 

I felt there was a lot of story building in See All The Stars and 3/4 of the book I wasn't too sure what was going on and if it was going to shock me enough to be worth the wait, and be a big enough of a twist and at times the flashbacks and flash forwards were frustrating and a little confusing and I wanted to hurry through them to get to the main part of the book that the story is building to. Basically all through the book you get time lapses of before the MC's friendship fallout and after, and this book does build you up and leave you guessing A LOT. Overall I did really enjoy the twist, I feel the book could of maybe cut a few bits out but I did enjoy this book, it kept me hooked and I would recomend to other and am looking forward to reading more from this author.
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This was definitely a well written, riveting read, which made sure to engross me in a way that made it almost impossible to put down!  I thought it was great for YA as well as adult thriller lovers looking for a great thriller, even if the characters are younger!  Thought uncovering all the lies had some important lessons.  I highly recommend to my fellow thriller lovers!  
Will make sure I tell everyone to grab and read this book!
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An accomplished and assured contemporary Young Adult book about friendship and betrayal, See All the Stars by Kit Frick is beautifully written and expertly crafted. Told in alternating timelines of "then" and "now" , it tells the story of Ellory, a young girl . Now she is trying to get through her final year of high school, keeping her head down and deliberately isolating herself while spending her free time working on the sculptures she hopes will help her get into art school. Then she was one of a group of four friends, along with Bex, Jenni, Ellory and Ret she gossiped over pizza and movie marathons, went shopping and out to parties. She dated Matthias , spending time with him both in and out of school  Sometime between Then and Now an unexplained event, referred to only as The Fall, occurs and costs Ellory everything - her friendships, her boyfriend and even two months of her school. 
As the alternating timelines unfold we see Ellory struggle to find her way without the friends she had come to rely on, while coming to terms with the cause of their friendship ending in the present, while in the past we see how events leading up to the Fall unfold. 
I really enjoyed the dynamics between the four girls in the chapters set in the past, despite being very different personalities their friendship made sense, and this is a testament to the skill of the author. All of her characters are well crafted and easy to relate to. The author's skill is also shown in the way the truth of the fall is revealed, this is done in a way that kept me enthralled as a reader. It is always good to see a book showing characters working through a difficult situation, and that is a key feature of See All the Stars. I thought it was a really good idea, and one that is not seen often enough in YA fiction, to have the character not only seek counselling , but embrace it as a positive and necessary step in the healing process. 
I read a review copy courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher, all opinions are my own.
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It’s hard to find the truth beneath the lies you tell yourself.
Then: They were four - Bex, Jenni, Ellory, Ret. (Venus. Earth. Moon. Sun.) Headstrong, loyal, electric ; Ellory’s whole solar system.
Now: Ellory is alone, her once inseparable group of friends torn apart by secrets, deception and a shocking moment that changed their lives forever.
Then: Lazy summer days. A party. A beautiful boy. The beginnings of a spectacular, bright love.
Now: Senior year, and Ellory's back at school after a two-month suspension and summer away - no boyfriend, no friends. No going back. Tormented by some and sought out by others, and consumed by guilt over her not entirely innocent role in everything and everyone she’s lost, Ellory finds that even in the present, the past is everywhere.
The path forward isn’t a straight line. And moving on will mean sorting the truth from the lies - the lies Ellory has been telling herself.

Brilliant YA novel.
This has been very well written with a great plot and story line.
The characters have been fleshed out well and very relatable.
Lots of twists and turns that will keep you gripped to the story.
Very enjoyable read.
Recommend reading.


Thanks a lot to NetGalley and the publisher for this. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Kit Frick writes very interesting young adult novels.

I have to say that I preferred this one a lot over the first book. This story felt more compelling to me, I was drawn to the characters and I wanted to know what was going to happen.
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4.5. I LOVED this book. It captures toxic high school friendships SO well, and I like how the main character is one of those very believable protagonists: she's not perfect, but she tries hard to overcome her own flaws, and we see her undergo a big mental journey throughout the book. The writing is very compelling and easy to read. I think this book does a really good job of making these high school woes seem full of gravity, whereas in other books, dramas between friends or surrounding boys are very superficially written and easy to dismiss. I think it's easy to grow out of your teen years and then roll your eyes at the melodrama of high school, when in reality, a lot of high school problems and dramas are very difficult to go through at the time and seem much more catastrophic than they actually are. But this book didn't make me think this way, and I truly felt connected to Ellory and what she was going through. 

My only slight criticism is that one element of the plot line was very predictable, but what follows the revelation of this predictable fact shocked me, and I found myself reflecting back on the whole book and wondering how I had missed the truth. So, in that sense, the suspense right up until the end of the novel is entirely worth it, and I would thoroughly recommend!
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A twisty YA contemporary with a dual timeline set between junior and senior year of high school. Featuring super toxic and intense female friendships. I normally LOVE stories where there are secrets that slowly unfold, which is exactly what this book is, unfortunately I found the characters so flawed they came across as annoying and I didn't really get enough revelations to keep me interested until the very end. But what a great end!
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I received an ARC of this book thanks to Net Galley and publisher Simon and Schuster UK Children's in exchange for an honest review.

See All the Stars is a book that is very evocative of other books. I don't necessarily mean that as a negative but throughout reading this, I was sort of waiting for the magical thing that would make it stand out to me. I'm not sure that ever happened but this is still a very strong read.

This is the story of Ellory, a girl who a year ago had a strong friendship group and a boyfriend and, in the present day, has neither. It's told in chapters which alternate between the present day and the past and this is how the mystery unfolds. I thought this might be more of a thriller than it really is but it's closer to a contemporary in both tone and writing style. The book it most reminds me of is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, although I did find the plot of See All the Stars more relatable and the characters more compelling. It has the same dreamy narration peppered with metaphors and deeper meanings.

My only real criticism of this book is that it lacked something, though I find it hard to place what. Near the end I began to suspect that the big reveal would in fact be a minor highschool problem and I began to worry, although thankfully this wasn't the case. Ultimately I did really like this book and I'm excited to read more from the author. The writing style and characters are the strongest elements, it's just a shame that the plot wasn't a bit more standout.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5
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This is an easy going YA mystery that was quite entertaining. 
It didn't bring anything new to the table, but it had likeable characters, good mystery, a good pace and decent wrap up. So, I enjoyed my time with it. 
I'd recommend Kit Frick, if you're looking for a quick entertaining YA mystery. 

Thanks a lot to NetGalley and the publisher for this copy in exchange fr an honest review.
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*ARC provided via Netgalley for an honest review*

I read this book in one day, while solo parenting a two year old. That’s how engrossed I was by this book.

In my opinion, I would skip the synopsis. This is a story about toxic friendship and finding yourself as a teenager in US high school. This is a story of forgiving yourself and others, and letting go of something you thought you would carry in your heart forever. 

Goodreads friends of mine will spot that I have been in quite the YA mood recently and this is exactly the YA I like. Themes of parental support, mental health and the pressure of the future all weighing down on the protagonist Ellory is so relatable and I saw a lot of myself in her. 

The reason this wasn’t a five star for me was that there was very little diversity in the cast of characters. There weren’t any queer folk and there was one token person of colour, and I think that isn’t realistic for the setting or for the readership. 

That being said, if you’re looking for a story that will envelop you and give you All of the Feels, this is the book for you and I would definitely recommend it.
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This book by Kit Frick didn't disappoint as most of her work is really good!

The premise combined enough teenage angst, "mystery (it honestly was a hit or miss in terms of how you see it)" and also just good writing.

thanks so much for letting me read this and I'll make sure to look out for more!
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Although it was slightly predictable and featured many of the usual somewhat cliche YA themes. This was a very enjoyable read.

A well-paced story, likeable characters which were easy to connect to and a writing style that made it an easy read, which didn't give the desire to skip pages, every sentence added to the development of the plot.
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I enjoyed reading this book; although it was slightly predictable, it is overall a well-written story. The characters are engaging and the timeline that the author uses kept me on edge, right up to the end of the book.
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Ugh. I hate a twist. I so hate a twist. Even a really good twist!

This was a great read; I didn't want to set it down, and barely did, from start to finish. The reveal is a long way in and I think perhaps some of it could have been trimmed (seriously, why did Jonathan even make the list?) but the curiosity was killing me, but it is a heck of a pay-off. In retrospect-of course-it makes perfect sense-how did I not see that-but I definitely didn't and it was worth the wait for the reveal! The twist is just big enough to feel authentic to the emotional build-up and guilt journey leading up to it, but not so big that it just seems ridiculous. Just excellent.

This one felt like high school to me, all that melodrama and heatbreak and that 111%ness of all feelings and experiences. It rang true, the locations, the rituals, the whole rest of your life as merely backdrop to the meaningful relationship, be it friendship or romance. That singular focus... 

The only thing I wasn't sure of Ret - there's, just, this trope of the high school meangirl who has all the emotional manipulative powers of a first world national spy service and never misses the mark puppeteering her underlings... and while it is engaging to read, I don't think I buy it. These people only exist in fiction. Am I wrong? I mean, mean girls: yes, of course they exist - but nobody hits the cruelty target that effectively everytime. I mean, is anybody actually that effectively Machivellian? Wouldn't it be exhausting to be emotionally managing/abusing/manipulating all of the time? 

I also appreciate that this one took its time with the ending. The ending goes on awhile after the reveal, there's only some closure and a bit of what is next. The epilogue contains barely a narrative bow to tie things up and I think the ending is the better for it. 

This is just a really great YA read. My thanks to the publisher, author and netgalley for the eBook ARC for review.
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This book sounded very interesting but unfortunately it fell flat for me. I didn't care about the characters, parts of this felt unrealistic and the reveal just wasn't too compelling. Unfortunately, not a thriller for me but others who enjoy thrillers revolving around friends and a mysterious character may enjoy this.
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I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review 

I can see why this one has mixed reviews. The writing style is lovely and the narrative pacing is really well crafted, but this book doesn’t break any new ground within the toxic friend/class divide/boyfriend bad? teen thriller genre. I think we can all agree that’s been worn thin, and I wish the plot was bit fresher because this book is so well written. 3.5 wistful stars
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This will appeal to readers who have enjoyed 'One of us is lying' and 'We were liars' as they share themes (friendship, betrayal, mystery) and narrative devices. Personally, I feel that those books did this sort of story better.
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