Who is Audrey Byrd?
Ask her ex-best friend, Cline Somers, and he’ll tell you that she’s the girl who inexplicably stopped talking to him when they were fifteen years old, leaving him with nothing but questions and bitterness for the better part of the next six years.
Ask his roommate, Elliot Clark, and he would say that Audrey is the enigmatic girl who randomly showed up outside a window one day and turned his whole world upside down in a matter of moments.
Ask Audrey herself and she’ll tell you that she has no idea who she is, because her entire life is a lie. However, the older she gets the more she needs answers about who she really is.
What she discovers is a tangled web of secrets better left in the dark.
Some truths do more harm than good.
***Recommended for readers 18+ due to sensitive subject matter, language and situations.***
Puddle Jumping was one of my favorite reads of 2014, and since that time I’ve read each book Amber Johnson has written, looking to recapture the magic she created with Lily and Colton. Thankfully, Johnson has once again found a voice that is often overlooked and rarely explored in the New Adult genre. She Dims the Stars is a beautiful story about one girl’s journey to find herself and learning to accept who she is, and the young man who could love her regardless.
She doesn’t need saving. She never did. I gave her the hero she deserved: herself.
I went into this book knowing very little. I knew it involved a girl, an ex-best friend, and a roommate. My first thought was the dreaded love triangle, but rest assured one does not exist here. Right away, it becomes obvious Audrey would have only potential romantic feelings for one boy, Elliot. Both she and Elliot are the narrators throughout the book, and I loved having both points of view. One of the things I enjoy most about Johnson’s writing, is her uncanny ability to write a male perspective, and Elliot is no exception. It never felt as if I were reading a young man written by a female author, and that is a rare feat in this genre. As well written as Elliot is, Audrey is spectacular. She has a unique personality and it shines throughout. I wanted to climb in this book and hug this young woman. She has such an extraordinary story, and it felt as if I were living through her eyes. I felt her emotions, her fears, and desires. She has a larger than life personalty, and it is captured perfectly.
She could dim even the the brightest of stars if she’d just get out of her head.
She Dims the Stars is a unique and gripping story. I have purposely left any plot details out of this review because it would be an injustice to learn about Audrey and Elliot’s story from me. Don’t expect all the layers to be revealed quickly or easily. You will experience the heartache and happiness right along with Audrey and Elliot, and it is what I enjoyed so much about this book. It is a poignant story of love and learning to trust those who have the ability to hurt you the most.
“We’re going to be the greatest love story never told.”
My only complaint about this book is the ending came too soon. I have unanswered questions about Audrey and the past events that shaped her life. There is a complete ending, so I cannot whine too much. However, there was such an intense investment and the lingering questions, it kept me from giving it a higher rating. Despite that, I would recommend this book to any NA fan or any reader looking for a moving and realistic book about self discovery. I cannot wait to read whatever Amber Johnson writes next.