Stella by Josh Dygert (Book Review #991)

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Stella is a novella about a young girl who lives with her father in Torrance. She has a best friend and a dog. Her mother disappeared when she was young. A meteor hits their cornfield. Stella and her father run after the fallen star. Once he touches the star, he disappears, and that’s when things begin to turn for this 16-year-old.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Her best friend, Bobby’s family, takes her in, but her phobia from the stars does not let go, and so Stella moves to run away from the stars. Once the Eclipse approaches, once again Stella has to face her fear again.

The story is short, and so there wasn’t enough room for backstory or any foundational work; however, what did exist was a well-written story. Stella’s character was relatable, and it was easy to bond with her. The added romance was pleasant. There is a big game-changer moment in the story where I did not see it coming. I appreciated the ending the way it did.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read short stories and surprises.

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