I am delighted to be on the blog tour for this lovely book today! I was gifted a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
As Far As The Stars is a story like no other. Air is waiting for her brother to get off the plane so they can go to their sister’s wedding and Christopher is waiting for his dad. Christopher catches Air’s eyes when she sees him making paper birds at the airport and their worlds collide when the plan their loved ones are on goes missing.
This book has a lot of bookish buzzwords that a lot of people look for when picking their next read. It has a roadtrip, a bond that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, a story revolving around family and characters you can’t help but fall in love with. The entire novel exists under a shroud of mystery, which keeps the book engaging for the whole 440+ pages.
Not wanting to be sitting ducks, the two unlikely friends head off on a road trip and their lovely little story begins. Air is convinced her brother isn’t on the flight so agrees to drop Christopher off at a bus stop so he can get to his mother’s and Air will continue on to her sister’s wedding. The two drive and drive, getting news alerts about the plane and as secrets unfold, they both let themselves become vulnerable to each other, that teamed up with flashbacks to Air and her brother makes for a truly lovely read and one that I will be recommending for a long time.
I really liked Air as a character, she is obsessed with the stars and wants to become an astronaut! She’s headstrong, spontaneous, loyal but she also puts a lot of pressure on herself, so I can relate to her a lot! Christopher is adorable in the way that he is a lot more reserved. Air just can’t resist introducing him to her world of adventure and wonderment.
Underpinning their roadtrip is an honest and frank exploration of grief. At the heart of the story are two teenagers that face the unthinkable of potentially losing people they greatly care about. This is tackled sensitively and with responsibility. The portrayal of their grief was realistic, especially just given their need and desire to just DO something.
The book spans over four days and is quite fast paced,I pretty much read it in two sittings, and I feel like it should be read as such. I really did enjoy reading it, it was so nice to just fall in love with some characters and watch them on a road trip, which is one of my fave plots. It’s hard to say much about the ending without spoiling what happens but everything is wrapped up nicely which makes this book a lovely standalone YA contemporary story that teaches you love when all you feel is loss.
A book set for stardom, a hidden gem. A lovely story with an even lovelier cast of characters.
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