cover image Where the Stars Still Shine

Where the Stars Still Shine

Trish Doller. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-61963-144-1

Not only does Callie have secrets, she is one: she and her mother have been on the run since her parents split up and her mother abducted her. Five then, 17 now, Callie has had many names, and she wears thrift-store T-shirts that transform her into “a Cowboys fan or someone who’s attended the Jenkins-Carter family reunion.” She can wash her hair in a rest area sink and take care of herself and her erratic mother. Then comes a traffic stop, and suddenly her mother is in police custody, and Callie is meeting the father she barely remembers. Doller (Something Like Normal) makes Callie believably tough, scarred, and loyal, more used to hooking up than actually dating. The setting—the tight-knit, heavily Greek community of Tarpon Springs, Fla.—is nicely specific, and although Callie’s family is a bit too perfect and the resolution of whether she will stay in Florida or return to her mother is made too easy, the pleasures of watching Callie grapple with her past, future, and a new love easily outweigh these quibbles. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kate Schafer Testerman, kt literary. (Sept.)