Monday, October 23, 2017

REVIEW: Move the Stars by Jessica Hawkins


You guys if you could've only seen my face as I was reading this (or sneak reading it on my planning period), you would've seen some crazy ass reactions to what I was reading. Here's just a small sample:

Throw in a few more WTF faces of me taking deep yoga breaths to get through some sections and you have a good idea of how my reading went.

I had so many emotions. I was so proud of Lake. And also so sad for her. I was so proud of Manning. And so sad for him. 
I loved Val. 
Loved Corbin. 
And I was in complete turmoil during this read. 

I vacillated from feeling some serious female empowerment to feeling sucker punched; from feeling a balloon of hope to feeling so bitter or angry. LOTS OF FEELS going on here. That's the beauty of this trilogy. It's hooks you in and it never lets you go. These characters have been living and breathing in my head for months--I've wondered if and how things would be resolved; I wanted answers for them; I wanted apologies and happy endings and confrontations and wrongs to be righted. And you know what? I wanted all of these things because Jessica Hawkins created a Lake and Manning world that was messy and complicated and full of love and passion and emotion. 

Move the Stars was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint. This entire series feels like it was a labor of love for Jessica Hawkins--how could it not have been?!--every single book was intense and passionate and heart-wrenching. I love that she never rushed an emotion or a scene and she took the time for these characters to live in spaces they (she) created until it was time for them to move on. I'm so glad she trusted her characters, herself, and us to really develop this story-line in the way that she did; the end result was worth every angsty moment. Even though I don't want the torture of waiting for another book of Lake and Manning, I will truly miss the experience of reading about their lives now that it's over. Thank you, Jessica Hawkins, for enthralling me with the Something in the Way trilogy; it's been quite a journey. 

It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents' house. If I’d known then what I do now, would I have kept on walking? Manning was older, darker, experienced—and I’d trusted him when he said the story would only ever be about us. I’d held those words close and challenged fate, but I had lost.

A part of me is still that sixteen-year-old girl squinting up at Manning, but no matter how far I fall or high I soar, I’ll always be a bird without her bear and nothing without him.

When I close my eyes, I can no longer see her. The decisions I made were to push Lake in the right direction—away from me. But now that she’s gone, would I have made those same choices?

I’d walked away like I was supposed to. I’d kept my distance. I’d bent over backward to keep Lake pure, but she’s no longer that girl, and I don’t know if I can stay away anymore. I only know I don’t want to. She’s still everything I want and nothing I should ever have, but if anyone can move the stars, it’s her great bear in the sky.

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