Under a Million Stars: Are Two Lives Waiting to Change


Under A Million Stars

Can a beating heart bleed from the shattered pieces?

Her heart cracked when her best friend walked away; it completely shattered when she lost her family in a tragic accident.

Now orphaned at seventeen, Charlotte Peterson is forced to live with her former best friend, Jacob Parker. Charlie, a talented pianist, desperately wants their loving friendship back, but something is holding Jake back. The more she spirals into the darkness of depression, the more she needs him.

Jacob vowed to stay away from her—no matter how much he still loved her. Armed with secrets that would have destroyed both of their families, he chose to end their friendship and walk away, which nearly killed him. As he watches the girl he once knew begin to fade away, however, he realizes that their relationship is more important than the truth he’s hiding.

Now it’s up to Jacob to put the pieces of Charlie’s broken heart back together—even if it means revealing the secrets he so desperately wants to protect her from.
Will Jacob find a way to bring back the carefree, talented girl he once knew, or is it too late for both of them?

*It’s a Stand-alone*

342 Pages
Publication Date: August 8th, 2016
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Quick Reasons: mature content warning!; this handles some tough subjects with sensitivity and tact; intriguing, complex characters; believable, realistic relationships and situations; there’s a lot of grieving in this book, but a lot of hope too; emotionally-driven, heart-wrenching read

Huge thanks to Rita Branches and YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a copy of this title free in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

This book covers some intense, mature subjects, readers–so please be careful when considering this book! Such subjects include: eating disorders; suicide; bullying; grief; underage drinking. If such subjects trigger or upset you, please take this warning into consideration before picking up this book.
BUT PENGUINS, guys! Let’s just talk about that cover first, shall we?! It’s been a long time now since I raved about a cover, but this one… THIS. ONE. Looking at it now, having finished the read… I see so much more to it than I did when I was first setting out on this journey. This cover, though perhaps not intentionally, makes a deep statement about our main character and the struggles she faces throughout these pages. And I’m not going to lie to you–she goes through A LOT. Her character arc is rocky, full of turmoil, and crafted from chaos…but the ending, penguins. Trust me when I tell you, you’ll want to see how this one ends.


The prose is a bit awkward in places–there were some missing words, some weird phrasings. These were small inconsistencies, but I picked them up throughout my read. They weren’t big enough to bother me, though, and they never slowed down my pace. It is not necessarily poetic prose; it’s pretty simple, honestly. But there are some beautifully written moments woven throughout this read, regardless.


These characters are complex and uniquely individual. I wish we had seen more of several of them–Jacob’s parents, for example, feel a bit more like cardboard cutouts than they did actual people to me. Until the ending of this book, when the biggest secrets are revealed, I wasn’t sure what their roles were, save being the caregivers/guardians. Matt and Kylie, as well, were two characters I feel we should have seen more of, given how important they are to our main duo. Still, I was compelled by the story, and sucked immediately into both Jacob and Charlie’s journeys.

Overall, this was an endearing, heart-wrenching read…with a ton of emotionally-driven, mature subjects. While several of the characters felt a bit lacking, Charlie and Jacob almost instantly grabbed at my heart-strings and dragged me along for the ride. I recommend this to readers of contemporary romances, characters tortured by secrets, and sensitively-handled, heavy-handed subjects. This was a quiet, subtle read…but such a lovely journey.

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