by Malorie Verdant
He changed my life.
With a smile, a flick of his wrist and a death-defying stunt.
He was six and I was five.
And now, thirteen years later, I am hopelessly in love.
There is only a slight problem.
He doesn’t know I exist.
He’s the star quarterback.
I’m a science nerd who hides in the shadows.
I don’t need anyone to tell me that college won't change anything.
I know he’s the star of this story.
And I belong in the audience.
Parker Elliot is going to Penmore State University miles away from home. She's leaving her small town because Penmore has a fantastic science department, because she needs to begin exploring the life she wants to lead and because Grayson Waters is the starting quarterback for the Penmore Herons.
Grayson Waters at first glance lives life to the fullest, but he is dealing with more than meets the eye. A con artist father in trouble with local mobsters, an illegitimate brother living close by, the pressure of leading his team to the championship game and a desire to pursue a career outside the football field. Decisions need to be made. For Gray, slipping into the shadows with a pretty and observant brunette might be just what he needs to finally make the right ones.
I should think it strange that a shy girl spent her entire life growing up in the shadows, watching the vibrant boy next door. But in all honesty, I found the reason why touching. As someone who was extremely shy growing up, it's what we do. We sit quietly, blending in to the backdrop and just watch the “beautiful” people live life the way we wish we could. That's why it did my heart proud to watch as Parker came out of her shell and began to live the life she's always watched form the shadows.
This compelling story had so many twists and turns you have to remind yourself not to take anything for granted. The characters are full bodied, complex characters with lives and personalities of their own. I found myself chuckling out loud at times at the humor injected throughout the story. But who could get past the tragedy without tears. I found myself getting teary eyed and reaching for the tissues towards the end.
After reading Stars, there is so much I want to know! What made Maris such a man-hater? Did D win his bet? I'm guessing whoever catches his eye will take him on a run for his money. And most importantly, what happens to Millie? You get so emotionally invested in the characters that you will not be ready for the end, no matter how satisfying it is.
I absolutely loved Stars and find it hard to believe that this is a debut novel for this author. A fact that I did not realize until after I had finished reading. I am duly impressed this is an author whose work I will be following closely. Well done, Ms Verdant. You have made a fan out of me.
Fire and the Flood - Vance Joy
Here - Alessia Cara
Star - Bryan Adams
Beyond the Blue - Beth Nielsen Chapman
You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift
How Deep Is Your Love- Calvin Harris & Disciples
Like a Star - Corinne Bailey Rae
The Fire - The Roots & John Legend
My Body is a Cage - Arcade Fire
Water Under the Bridge - Adele
Answer - Sarah McLachlan
I first started reading romance when I was twelve.
My mother handed me her copy of Nora Robert’s Bayou and with resignation said, “Here you’ll love it, just skip the sex scenes or at least tell me you did.”
She knew I was young and she hoped I didn’t understand the diverse innuendos, but she also saw early on that I was a hopeless romantic and had a joy and thirst for romance novels that not even she and her protective motherly instincts could stop.