Friday, April 24, 2015

Soaring Through Stars by Rajdeep Paulus Book Review

I live in the in between. Between holding on and letting go. Hurt clings to me. Hope teases me. Home. I can’t explain it, but sometimes, I just want to go home.”

Talia and Jesse Vanderbilt have escaped a childhood full of abuse, and when they have a chance to put their father behind bars, setbacks arise from every direction. The siblings can't help but consider the option to walk away and move on with their lives.

Then someone unexpected brings his own secrets, forcing the Vanderbilt teens to revisit their pasts and rethink their plans. Through it all, Lagan and Talia’s Post-it love story blossoms, while Jesse and Summer hit roadblocks.

From the award-winning author of Swimming Through Clouds and Seeing Through Stones comes a powerful story of freedom and belonging in this final book of the young adult trilogy that began with an invitation on a little Post-it note.

What I really enjoyed about this novel was the feeling of hope and happy conclusion. I think this book gives us the best of endings for the Vanderbilt siblings, and all of their friends. 

Again in this book we follow more of Jesse's personal story. I think for him dealing with what's happened to him has been the hardest. He seemed to struggle with anger the most but the good thing is despite his struggles, and hardships he found a way to be happy--and that made me happy. It made it worth reading these books.

Aside from feeling a connection to these characters--I felt they told a real-life story. Someone out there right now feels hopeless. They feel pain. They don't see a way out, and something as simple as a story about fictional characters--despite the realism, will find something to believe in because they read these stories. These books will give them hope. I think that's more important than me enjoying it for my own pleasure.

I'm really happy with how it ended, everyone got their due diligence and that's all I can ask for. There was still an overwhelming sense of sadness but the happiness that comes by it's end overrides that. I could say a few things about what I liked or disliked but I won't. I want this review to end in the same way the story did, happily.

I recommend this series to any of those that feel helpless, and even those that don't.

You'll cry and laugh but you'll enjoy it. And, Lagan is the ultimate perfect book boyfriend. He won my heart one post-it at a time.


  1. Ever since I started coming to your blog, I've been discovering books I never heard about, and Soaring Through The Stars is no exception. I haven't cried and laughed while reading a book since I read I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios & The Mason List by S.D Hendrickson, so I'm definitely adding this to my TBR!

    1. I hope you enjoy the books! I'm glad to help you discover new books!