Christopher is the sort of guy that no one notices, yet when Air catches sight of him making intricate paper birds in the airport, she can’t look away.
But their worlds are about to collide in ways they never expected. Someone they love is on Flight 0217 from London Heathrow. And it’s missing.
Convinced that her brother was on a different flight, Air drives them hundreds of miles across the country, on a trip that will change their lives forever.
But how do you tell the person you’re falling for that you might just be the reason their life has fallen apart?
What I Thought:
I had the good fortune to meet Virginia Macgregor a couple of years ago, so when an email about her latest novel pinged into my inbox, I got very excited.
As Far as the Stars is a little gem of a book, which follows Air and Christopher as they travel from Washington DC to Nashville, after meeting by chance when a plane that potentially had people close to them on board goes missing. Shy, quiet Christopher and determined, organised Air connect on many levels as they undertake their roadtrip in a mustard-yellow Buick and yet the subject that connects them most immediately is set aside and carefully avoided.
I’m far too old now to be the target market for YA books, and yet I was so drawn to Christopher and Air as they drew the best parts of each other out, even when they were in conflict.
As a book, As Far as the Stars is an interesting examination of grief and how we as humans deal with things that are beyond our comprehension. It deals with misplaced guilt, loyalty and the pressure that we put on our young people to constantly excel and do big things and, at the heart of it, there are two very different teenagers with very different families who manage to forge a bond in the worst of circumstances.
Needless to say, I loved this book as it’s so beautifully and carefully written – it has such an emotional impact without ever seeming cloying or cliched, even though for most of the book, it’s just these two characters undertaking their physical and emotional journey. It’s highly recommended from me.
As Far as the Stars is published by HQ Young Adult.
To find out more about Virginia Macgregor and her work, why not check out her website?
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.