First love hits hard. And so does mental illness. And so does dealing with racism during your senior year of school.
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Author, All the Bright Places
I love love stories. And books that mean something. And books that deal honestly and responsibly with mental illness. And books about going after dreams. I love characters that sparkle off the page, with voices so fresh and real it feels as if you know them. This book is all these things.
Devon has always been fascinated by the stars. One summer she meets the troubled Ashton, they fall in love, and then, like that—he vanishes. Now it’s Devon’s senior year and she is focused on pursuing her dream of becoming an astrophysicist. But guess who shows up? Ashton. She has to decide whether or not she can trust him again, and as they get to know each other for the second time, they are faced with challenges—Devon is biracial, Ashton is white, which makes them the target of micro-aggressive racism from those around them. To make matters worse, Ashton is struggling with depression.
This book doesn’t shy away from diving deep—into racism, mental illness, loss—and Ronni Davis writes with sensitivity, humor, understanding, and honesty. But there is also joy on these pages. And so much swoon-worthy love. It’s a gorgeous, powerful, heart-tug of a read.
Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things:
And the boy she fell in love with last summer.
When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together.
Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it as she prepares for a future studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Can she forgive him and open her heart again? Or are they doomed to repeat history?
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