Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she'd like to forget completely. But when Callie's mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie's real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.
Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.
About the Author
TRISH DOLLER is a writer, traveler, and dog rescuer, but not necessarily in that order. She is the author of Float Plan, her women's fiction debut, and The Suite Spot. She has also written several YA novels, including the critically acclaimed Something Like Normal. When she's not writing, Trish loves sailing, camping, and avoiding housework. She lives in southwest Florida with an opinionated herding dog and an ex-pirate.
“Beautiful in its grit and realism, Where the Stars Still Shine is a skillfully woven story of the ties that bind and bond us.” —Jessi Kirby, author of Golden
“Compelling. . . . Doller does a great job at showing how Callie has a foot in both of her worlds and her intense and volatile emotions.” —Library Media Connection
“The romance and tight narrative make this a dynamo of a soldier's story.” —School Library Journal on Something Like Normal
“Something Like Normal is intense and sweet, just like Travis, and that makes for a memorable read.” —Iheartdaily.com on Something Like Normal
“Amazing. You will smile and sob and when you finish, you will walk away a better you. READ THIS BOOK NOW.” —Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author, on Something Like Normal
“Doller debuts with a timely novel that carves new ground out of the saturated teen romance and post-war trauma genres . . . Doller avoids politicization of the war, and she addresses post-traumatic stress disorder with honesty and a light touch, making Travis's experience both personal and relatable.” —Publishers Weekly on Something Like Normal