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The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod
Contemporary fiction

The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes

by Xio Axelrod

Quick take

Like the best concerts, this tale of rock and romance will have your head bopping, feet tapping, hoping it never ends.

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    400+ pages

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    First in series

Why I love it

Kwana Jackson
Author, Real Men Knit

Though she may not have been graced with the advantages of some and has had more than her fair share of hard knocks, the moment Antonia “Toni” Bennette makes her debut in The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes, you know she’s meant to be a rock star.

Toni is the type of fictional heroine that a reader can root for from the very first page: smart, full of pure heart, incredible drive, and amazing talent. And then when Toni meets Sebastian Quick, another poor kid from the wrong side of, well, everything, sparks fly and it’s musical magic. Sebastian is strong, talented and as driven as Toni, but he’s also in a tragically desperate situation and it’s because of that desperation that he and Toni’s magical destiny is in question.

I adored every moment of reading The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes. Axelrod brings a haunting humanity to the sexy rock and roll spotlight and readers will be singing along with Toni, Sebastian, and the Lillys as they follow them on their road to stardom. This book reads like an impeccable performance that you don’t want to end and will have you shouting, “Encore! Encore!” by the time you reach the last page.

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They say the road to stardom is paved with broken dreams.

Growing up, Antonia "Toni" Bennette's guitar was her only companion...until she met Sebastian Quick. Seb was a little older, a lot wiser, and he became Toni's way out, promising they'd escape their small town together. Then Seb turned eighteen and split without looking back.

Now, Toni B is all grown up and making a name for herself in Philadelphia's indie rock scene. When a friend suggests she try out for the hottest new band in the country, she decides to take a chance. She's in for a surprise when one of the decision-makers turns out to be none other than Seb. Toni can handle it. No problem. Or it wouldn't be if Seb didn't still hold a piece of her heart, not to mention the key to her future.

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785 ratings
  • 55% Love
  • 39% Like
  • 4% Dislike
  • Kingsland , GA

    One of my favorite books I’ve read this year. I was hooked from beginning to end. This story gave me all the feels and a little steam. Don’t think about it, just read it. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Long Island City, NY

    Boy was this book fantastic. This book is everything I love about romance, a perfect story about Toni’s love for her best friend and her craft. Such a beautiful story, 100% my favorite book this year!

  • Columbia City, IN

    Romance, drama, feminist, relationships, this really has it all! Another one I could not put down & did not want to end! I don’t know a lot about the music world, but this made me want to learn more!!

  • Louisville, KY

    This has everything- female friendship, hard earned romance, and a funny, smart, talented musician! I loved this from the beginning and couldn’t put it down. If you enjoy books about music try this!

  • Green Bay, WI

    I loved how this book had tense moments without having the trope of characters making dumb decisions to further the plot. The music aspect of it was so good. This book should come with a soundtrack.

  • Puyallup, WA

    I love how musically technical this is - you can tell a musician wrote it! I also love how it's a band of women, including a WOC, who write and play rock music. There's also family drama and romance.

  • New Albany, IN

    Strong female characters faced with difficult situations (family trauma, addiction, group dynamics, etc.) coming up in the music industry, with a second chance romance story - I really enjoyed it!

  • Woodland , WA

    I'm not even sure how to describe this book but it was super engaging and I just kept reading and reading! Before I knew it I was 200+ pages in! Totally loved every minute of it!

  • Gorham, ME

    This took me by complete surprise! What a hidden gem! Beautiful love story, sweet characters, and some awesome music storylines to boot. Loved - can’t wait for more!!

  • Brooklyn, NY

    I can see this turned into a movie! Perfect blend on the music industry, female friendships, and coming to terms with your past. I appreciate the slow-burn romance!

  • Upper Nyack, NY

    Loved this book so much! Seb & Toni were amazing, their romance was heartfelt & touching. The supporting cast was amazing & I loved hearing about all the music!

  • Saint Louis , MO

    I love a good band drama, and this novel did not disappoint! I was hesitant when I saw how many pages this book packs, but I was so hooked that I flew through it!

  • Topeka, KS

    This book was incredible. I fell into the book from the first couple of pages, and it was so hard to tear myself away from it to adult.

  • Bountiful , UT

    Loved this one! Perfect for music lovers and novices alike. And there’s a great found family/second chance element that I enjoyed.

  • Marion, OH

    I think it’s easy to catch yourself looking up and forgetting the joy of the world. What an interesting perspective.

  • Hebron, KY

    Lots of fun! The author clearly knew a lot about the music industry, which made for a very interesting story!

  • Houston , TX

    Enjoyed this one! Have been on a murder mystery/thriller kick for a while so nice to slow it down.

  • Pearland, TX

    Solid four stars. It’s a feel good road to stardom book and a unique romance sprinkled in.

  • Chicago, IL

    LOVED this book and honestly wish it was the start of a series so I could read more!!

  • Kaneohe , HI

    I loved this book more than I thought I would. The character development was amazing.

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