Soaring Through Stars by Rajdeep Paulus
Published by Birch House Press on April 12, 2015
Genre(s): fiction, christian, contemporary, young adult
Format & Pages: paperback, 250
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“I live in the in between. Between holding on and letting go. Hurt clings to me. Hope teases me. Home. I can’t explain it, but sometimes, I just want to go home.”
Talia and Jesse Vanderbilt have escaped a childhood full of abuse, and when they have a chance to put their father behind bars, setbacks arise from every direction. The siblings can’t help but consider the option to walk away and move on with their lives.
Then someone unexpected brings his own secrets, forcing the Vanderbilt teens to revisit their pasts and rethink their plans. Through it all, Lagan and Talia’s Post-it love story blossoms, while Jesse and Summer hit roadblocks.
From the award-winning author of Swimming Through Clouds and Seeing Through Stones comes a powerful story of freedom and belonging in this final book of the young adult trilogy that began with an invitation on a little Post-it note.
The third book in this trilogy, Soaring Through Stars picks up right where Seeing Through Stones left off. If you haven’t read the first two books yet, I strongly recommend doing so before continuing.
After finishing each of the first two books in this series, I felt the need to take a break and read something different to alleviate the heavy issues that they deal with. Sometimes when you do this, though, it’s easy to lose the storyline and forget what previously happened. But one of Paulus’s strengths is the ability to pull you right back in to where you left off, and I was easily able to jump back in each time.
Although my favorite of the three books will forever remain Swimming Through Clouds, this was an excellent conclusion to this story. Each character plays his or her part, and is as fully developed as we could ask for. We finally learn more about Talia and Jesse’s father and his backstory, which may not excuse his actions but certainly humanizes him, and are also introduced to a long lost relative.
The relationships throughout this book are thought out and well written. Despite the light romance threaded through all three novels, I particularly love Paulus’s focus on the sibling relationship over the romantic. Here, Talia and Jesse each go through their own personal journey, while still coming together to move beyond their struggles. And although bothhave their frustrations and snap at each other every so often, neither is above apologizing. In this, they are able to grow and learn to trust again.It is a realistic example of a sibling relationship to look up to, and provides a powerful foil to the broken relationships in other areas of the book.
Poignant, insightful, and beautifully written, this trilogy will stay with me for a while. Highly recommended.