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The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus
Young adult

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

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by Junauda Petrus

Quick take

A soul-nurturing love story about forging friendships, building romance, forgiving family, and finding yourself.

Good to know

  • Romance

  • Multiple viewpoints

  • LGBTQ+ friendly

  • Sad

Why I love it

I get so emotional, baby… every time I think about this book! Why YES, it is absolutely necessary to use Whitney Houston lyrics to describe how The Stars and the Blackness Between Them made this queer music-loving ‘90s kid feel.

Audre, a 16 year old raised in Trinidad, is in love with the pastor's daughter. But just as they begin to explore their new love, they are discovered by Audre's deeply r...

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Trinidad. Sixteen-year-old Audre is despondent, having just found out she’s going to be sent to live in America with her father because her strictly religious mother caught her with her secret girlfriend, the pastor’s daughter. Audre’s grandmother Queenie (a former dancer who drives a white convertible Cadillac and who has a few secrets of her own) tries to reassure her granddaughter that she won’...

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