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Under Shifting Stars by Alexandra Latos

cassiahf's review

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emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

arinreads's review against another edition

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5.0

this was... beautiful.
not too complicated or too dramatic but very unique and also very important. there are a lot of things going on, and i think all of them were handled quite masterfully.

wouldn't say it was an "absolute favourite" kind of a five-star but it reached some places in me and people should definitely read this!!

readabookorfive's review against another edition

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2.0

Under Shifting Stars is a book I so deeply wanted to love. LGBTQIAP representation is something so important to me and when I saw this book had not only a non binary character in but also a gender fluid character in i was so excited to dive in, unfortunately I didn’t like it.

One of my main issues was the writing style, I just found it to be so disjointed and jarring especially in Audrey’s POV. The characters definitely didn’t feel the same as each other but I didn’t really enjoy the writing style for either of them.

I did on the other hand, like the way grief was handled in this book. It broke my heart watching these two having to go through this loss and how it effected them and their family. Apart from the scene with Claire when she finds the video, that made me feel so sick to my stomach. But, other than that it was handled with so much care and respect and I loved that about it.

Overall. I just did not like this book and I am sad about it. I thought it would be a favourite of the year but it just fell so completely flat for me. I do commend the author for having diversity in their book as well as dealing with some heavy topics but it just wasn’t for me. Although, I know some people will read it and absolutely love it which is great!

perusinghannah's review against another edition

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3.0

(5.5/10) – ⭐⭐⭐

I was provided with an advanced reader copy by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Under Shifting Stars is one of those books that has both things that really didn’t work for me, and things that were done really well, evening out as a lower-end three star rating.

While I’m an advocate for diversity in YA, I’m not a huge fan of first-person POVs when the author does not have true firsthand experience with what the characters are dealing with. In this book, we have two such POVs – there’s Clare, who is trying to figure out how she feels about her gender, and Audrey, who is neurodiverse. That’s quite a bit to tackle in one relatively short book, and in my opinion the author didn’t pull it off that well. Neither of these POVs felt authentic to me, and are quite clunky in places. Instead of seamless representation, we have more of a [insert google search results here] feel that I didn’t gel with, and I found myself wishing the author would’ve limited herself to the grief theme that runs through all of this.

Because that part was, in my opinion, done really well. The relationship between these twins was already becoming strained, and after the death of their brother Adam seems to have snapped altogether. Reading about their struggles to reconnect with each other after a shared loss when neither seems able to look beyond their own grief was very recognizable to me, and I would’ve loved to read about just that. Especially when it also affects the siblings’ relationship with their parents, and the relationship between the parents themselves. There was so much to explore there, but it became more of a sub-theme crushed by the other things the author tried to accomplish within these pages.

Under Shifting Stars also falls on the younger side of the YA spectrum, which might have influenced my overall enjoyment a bit. That’s not the books fault – let’s not forget the target audience here – but I’m very much an upper-YA/adult reader at heart. If you’re someone who enjoys both middle grade and YA, this might not bother you at all.

All in all, a read that managed to scrape together a passing grade, but not one that will stick with me or one that I’ll reread.

nymphoutofwater's review

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emotional funny inspiring lighthearted reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

chaotic_abi's review

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5.0

 It was a pretty easy read and a really cute coming of age story. 

rhymeswithshmo's review

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emotional hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

mb918's review against another edition

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5.0

FANTASTIC! I usually don’t care about sister dynamics, but I felt fully invested in both of these characters’ storylines and individual journeys. I also really appreciated the way that Clare researched and discovered her gender identity through the internet because that’s super relatable for most younger people reading ya books like these. Also, Taylor rocks.

swhence's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful reflective

3.5

mybestfriendsarefictional's review

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emotional hopeful reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0