Monday, 7 September 2015


TITLE:  Counting Stars
AUTHOR:  Keris Stainton
PUBLISHER:  Hot Key Books
RATING:  4/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE: 3rd September 2015



A new life in a new city - what could possibly go wrong...?When eighteen-year-old Anna leaves school and moves to Liverpool, she feels like her life is finally beginning. She's landed her dream job at a theatre, and she's moving into an exciting (if not slightly run-down) flat on a buzzing street lined with shops, bars, and buskers. Best of all, her new flatmates are kind, welcoming and a lot of fun - what more could she ask for?

But although her new life is fun, it's also a little overwhelming. Anna's job quickly falls through, and then she realises that although her new friends are great, they're also a little mixed-up... and it's not long before Anna starts using her blog to talk about her experiences, from the hilarious to the ridiculous to the little-bit-scary. But when Anna spills a bigger secret than she can handle, suddenly the consequences are all too real. She'll have to prove she has the mettle to make it in the big city, or risk losing everything she thinks she wants.

Counting Stars, set in a shared house in Liverpool, promises to be FRIENDS meets FRESH MEAT for young adult readers and showcases Keris's story telling charm, vibrant characters and wonderful observances of the exhilarations and setbacks of young adult life.

'Counting Stars' is another brilliant YA read- taking a simple situation and turning it into a unique story, that I have never read before. Anna is moving to Liverpool, but rather than going to university she is going to work at a theatre where she previously had a successful internship. Lola offered Anna the job, and managed to help Anna find somewhere to live, sharing a flat with some housemates who are similar in age to her, including Lola's brother Alfie. But everything may not go according to Anna's plans.

I haven't read any Keris's novels before; I really did enjoy her writing style, as it is different to lots of other authors. Her characters were faultless, as the diverse group of young adults had at least one person a reader could relate their attributes to. I loved the highs and lows of the plot and the storyline, as it is so much more accurate to real life, as everything does not always pan out to what you want it to be.

The story was in different perspectives, which made me feel like I was watching all of the characters at the same time on a screen, being able to zoom into each of the character's stories in turn. There was a lot going on in the story, which I did like, but I know that some readers have different preferences, and would  like to have problems fully investigated before moving onto the next ones.

Throughout the novel I was wondering how the title linked to the content, but Keris Stainton cleverly slips it in at the end of the book, it all then making perfect sense. 'Counting Stars,' covers a large variety of topics: growing up, facing your problems, sharing your life on the internet, love and consent. Everything was tied up so perfectly at the end: making it a really pleasant, addictive read- a definite 4/5.



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