Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Southern Belle Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
We Are the Stars is a new adult (NA) romance novella and my first read by author Teagan Hunter. Their eyes met behind clear glass windows across the street. He was in a diner and she was in a laundromat. She waved. He...scowled. Which is why she gave him the finger. And that is how twenty-year-olds Carsen Wheatley and Elliot Mathers's story begins. Attention-snagging, yes? Their beginning is memorable and it sets the tone for the rest of their story, and by that I mean that there's nothing typical about it. Carsen has a reputation, but it's not your usual player-whose-bed-is-never-empty kinda rep. Nope. Carsen has been tagged a murderer. His victim? His beloved mother. Is your attention holding? Mine did and it held throughout, with Elliot wanting to dig beneath Carsen's harsh exterior and them building a relationship. All they have is this summer and it's one distracting season indeed.
This standalone novella may have two twenty-year-olds but I couldn't help but feel as if Carsen and Elliot were more suited as high school teenagers, though not necessarily young teens; more of senior high schoolers. Their behavior and actions spoke more of two people younger than their stated ages. If anything, Carsen's roommates and best friends, Nate and Blake, seemed to be in the correct age range. Speaking of Nate and Blake, they were highly memorable and I hope they get a novella too someday. Just saying. Now, back to what I was saying about Carsen and Elliot. Other than them coming off younger than they actually were, I did like both of them, although I Elliot's growing apathy regarding her life and the people around it did have me raising an eyebrow once or twice. I also found it strange that she went to the laundromat to do her laundry rather than do it in her own family home.
Aside from Nate and Blake, Elliot's family was memorable too, and I liked how there was a full circle thing going on with hers and Carsen's late mother. I do have a quibble regarding one other supporting character, Jase, who happens to be Elliot's longtime best friend. There wasn't what I felt was a satisfying explanation as to why he was acting the way he was--which was supposedly a change from his usual behavior. Elliot--who is the second female main character with the same name I've come across in the two days--has been best friends with him since they were kids, and yet, she refused to take his calls and hear him out for weeks. It's like their friendship died and she allowed it to happen. So maybe she was just as much of a jerk as she claimed he turned out to be or always had been by the end since she didn't care all that much anyway. Overall, We Are the Stars was a good, four-star read. ♥
Release Date: 16 February 2017
Date Read: 16 February 2017
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