Beneath Wandering Stars

Beneath Wandering Stars

Book - 2016
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Winner of the 2017 Colorado Book Award

After her soldier brother is horribly wounded in Afghanistan, Gabriela must honor the vow she made: If anything ever happened to him, she would walk the Camino de Santiago through Spain, making a pilgrimage in his name. The worst part is that the promise stipulates that she must travel with her brother's best friend--a boy she has despised all her life. Her brother is in a coma, and Gabi feels that she has no time to waste, but she is unsure. Will she hesitate too long, or risk her own happiness to keep a promise? An up-close look at the lives of the children of military families, Beneath Wandering Stars takes readers on a journey of love, danger, laughter, and friendship, against all odds.
Publisher: Blue Ash, OH : Merit Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781440595820
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Cowle
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 23 cm

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Aug 02, 2016

When you finish a book and wish there was a sequel because you're already missing the characters, you know it's something special. The characters in this book, namely Gabi and Seth, are relatable and likable and completely drive this story. They feel like friends. The writing is superb and strikes a wonderful balance between compelling dialogue, gorgeous descriptions and philosophy/spirituality. The story is simply beautiful and really makes you feel like you're walking right alongside Gabi and Seth as they trek the Camino de Santiago. This book will clearly resonate with Army brats, but as someone without that background, I was equally touched and moved by the story. I think it will hit home with most anyone, as we've all been affected by the realities and aftermath of war in one way or another. This story is beautiful, funny and emotional. It will make you think, feel and ultimately rejoice in this beautiful journey of life.

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