Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake depicts the lives of Mara and Owen, two inseparable twins. Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, and suddenly both Mara and Owen’s relationship is jeopardized. Initially, Mara does not want to believe that her brother, the person she is most close to, has committed a disgusting crime. But as Mara continues to navigate her life under these new circumstances, she comes across new alibis and information that exist in spite of Owen. On top of this, Mara and her best friend Charlie have been straining away, and she does not know how to deal with this. This book accurately describes how friendships can be formed but quickly end, and how hard it is to believe information about the people you love most. This book is about trust, love, friendship, and most importantly, family. Blake was able to perfectly describe a sibling bond and relationship throughout the book as it was hard for Mara to even picture her brother doing said actions. My favorite character is Mara because I was able to see how she approached the situation and her life in general, and how her brother means everything to her. This is a great read to understand the people around us and how everyone goes through difficulties in their lives.
Submitted by P. Z.