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Lisa Selin Davis is the Featured Guest of Book Divas this week. Join us for this half hour show as Lisa talks about her new book, Lost Stars.
In her acutely perceptive, illuminating, and whip-smart Young Adult debut, LOST STARS (HMH Books for Young Readers; October 4th, 2016; hardcover), Davis delivers a heartbreaking and hopeful novel inspired by that piece—and her troubled youth—that will speak to fans of Rainbow Rowell, Stephen Chbosky, Gayle Forman, Jennifer Niven, and Jenny Han.
It’s 1980-something in upstate New York. Sixteen-year-old Carrie is reeling. Her older sister Ginny has died in a tragic accident and her mother has abandoned her, her younger sister Rosie, and her distraught father. Before Ginny died, Carrie knew her place in the world: she was a science nerd, obsessively tracking her beloved Vira comet. But now that Ginny is gone, Carrie is lost, struggling to find her place in the universe.
Empty, angry, and burdened by the truth of what happened the night of her sister’s death, Carrie gravitates towards Ginny’s friends, a close-knit group of seniors who skip school, obsess over bands, and party hard. Fed up with Carrie’s behavior, her father enrolls her in a summer work camp at a local state park. Although she won’t admit it, Carrie actually likes the days spent in nature and when she meets Dean, a kindred spirit and guy who likes the real Carrie, she starts to get to the heart of who she is and who she wants to be.