Starworld

Starworld

Sam Jones and Zoe Miller have one thing in common: they both want an escape from reality. Loner Sam flies under the radar at school and walks on eggshells at home to manage her mom’s obsessive-compulsive disorder, wondering how she can ever leave to pursue her dream of studying aerospace engineering. Popular, people-pleasing Zoe puts up walls so no one can see her true sel...

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Title:Starworld
Author:Audrey Coulthurst
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Edition Language:English

Starworld Reviews

  • Adriana

    This story is hopeful, bittersweet, hard-hitting, and affirming all at once. The friendship betweeen Zoe and Sam leaves my heart soaring ❤

    Also, this book contains:

    ▪ queer rep (note: this is not an f/f romance)

    ▪ mental health rep (OCD & anxiety)

    ▪ adoption rep

    ▪ developmental disability rep

    (And it was all handled extremely carefully, IMO, which I appreciate.)

    This story is hopeful, bittersweet, hard-hitting, and affirming all at once. The friendship betweeen Zoe and Sam leaves my heart soaring ❤

    Also, this book contains:

    ▪︎ queer rep (note: this is not an f/f romance)

    ▪︎ mental health rep (OCD & anxiety)

    ▪︎ adoption rep

    ▪︎ developmental disability rep

    (And it was all handled extremely carefully, IMO, which I appreciate.)

  • Kylie Amber

    * I was sent an ARC copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *

    The ending fell flat because what was being worked up to flopped and didn’t happen.

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    I read this book from start to finish in just over 3 hours because I got so sucked into the story. I feel like I have whiplash 😳 review to come later when I’ve had more time to actually process what I read!

  • Catherine ♡

    *Thank you to both NetGalley and LibraryThing for a free copy in exchange for an honest review!*

    2.5

    Hm. I’ve got mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I absolutely LOVE the premise and the idea of all the characters. On the other hand, actually reading the book was a lot less enjoyable for a number of reasons.

    First though, a blurb.

    is written in two main perspectives. There’s Sam Jones, who lives an invisible life at school and relies on her one and only friend

    *Thank you to both NetGalley and LibraryThing for a free copy in exchange for an honest review!*

    2.5

    Hm. I’ve got mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I absolutely LOVE the premise and the idea of all the characters. On the other hand, actually reading the book was a lot less enjoyable for a number of reasons.

    First though, a blurb.

    is written in two main perspectives. There’s Sam Jones, who lives an invisible life at school and relies on her one and only friend, Will. Her mom has OCD, and after her parents' divorce, it only got worse—Sam has no idea how she could ever leave home and pursue her dream of studying aerospace engineering. Then, there’s Zoe. Zoe is popular and loved by everyone, but her life isn’t as great as it seems to be. She was abandoned as a baby, her adoptive mother has cancer, and her brother is being sent away to a facility. As Zoe and Sam’s lives collide unexpectedly, they find themselves creating a whole new universe where they can escape from the real world, and they dub it—Starworld.

    So, I LOVE the idea of Starworld. I jumped into the story imagining flowing colors and adventures and excited to read outlandish descriptions. Unfortunately, the way Starworld was written in the same way I used to roleplay in Harry Potter forums. Like this: *hugs* *coughs on dust* And by being written this way, Starworld just seemed unremarkable and amateurish; I found myself cringing too often—the texting and writing style was reminiscent of what I typed as a ten-year-old.

    Other than that, the plot seemed a little flat. There were some ups and downs, but once again, it felt very childish when they were based on silly misunderstandings.

    I also think the characters could have been explored more in general; Will was a character that I already loved. Yet, even as the best friend, he barely got any screen time! Overall, I think more intimate interactions between Sam or Zoe and OTHER characters could have helped this book a lot and given us a clearer picture of how these characters lived in their environment, not just with each other.

    Overall, this was still a fun little read, and giving it two stars definitely feels really low, but it was the writing style of Starworld itself (in its texting format) that disappointed me so much I wouldn’t feel comfortable giving it a three.

  • megs_bookrack

    Just received my copy.

    This book is legit gorgeous!

    The ombre blue to purple...

    I cannot wait to jump into this one.

    Take me to

    !

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