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When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely.
The reason they’ve never met Chance’s parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance’s quirks—the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness—are now warning signs that something is seriously off.
Then Chance’s mom turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance and his dad. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent…they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word Chance says?
What did I like most about Made of Stars? The writing; I found a certain warmth (despite the constant melancholy) in the writing all along. Careful, loving storytelling without pretense; it felt like there were no extravagant props (bells and whistles) needed to carry the story along.
Here’s an excerpt that I adored which will hopefully give you a taste of what I loved:
“We sprint through the mall, the thumping of my pulse and Chance’s breathless laughter a duet in my ears…. Suddenly, it’s summer and we’re fifteen again. Chance is all ungainly limbs and freckles with a shirt too big on him and sneakers that are falling apart. It’s one of those moments where everything else in the world fades to a dull hum in the background because all that exists is Chance and me, and I want to take his bright-eyed, exhilarated face and bottle it up for safe keeping.”.
Isn’t that gorgeous? Hang on, let me give you one more taste:
“… Chance and Hunter were the inseparable ones. Chance, who always wanted to go everywhere Hunter did. Chance, who always showed off the most when he knew Hunter was watching… Chance orbits Hunter like the planets orbit the sun, aching to be closer but never daring. Until now, I suppose.”.
The three MCs are well developed so you get to understand each of them thoroughly. I enjoyed experiencing their story from alternating POVs with names at the start of each chapter to make the transition between each POV easy to decipher.
It’s a sweet Gay For You story with a storyline which remains pretty close to the blurb. Had it given me a little bit more “will they, won’t they” or a few more twists and turns I would have happily rated it higher. Oh, and the ending… It’s um… abrupt (my Kindle was at 88 per cent and then SLAP!, it was all over). But it also makes sense for Chance, which leaves an even bigger ache in my heart for his tormented and brave soul.
I will read more of Kelly York’s work. End of story.