My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nineteen-year-old Star Collins never intended to return to her hometown, Avenue. That part of her life ended when she was nine years old, and child services took her away from her hoarder mother. Her mother chose her stuff over her daughter. That part of her life was supposed to be in the past.
But her mother has just passed away and Star finds herself giving up her summer to quietly clean out her old home. She just wants to sell it and move on with her life. However, things aren’t going the way she planned. With her dyed-black hair and tattoos, she’s attracting almost as much attention from the small town residents as Ash Winthrope, the guy who was just released from prison.
All Ash wants is a chance to start over. He screwed up and he knows it, he’s going to have to live with the guilt for the rest of his life. But he’s stuck in Avenue until his parole ends, and no one, not even his own parents, wants anything to do with him. Nearly out of money and completely out of options, Ash takes the only job he can, helping Star haul stuff out of her mother’s house.
Neither of them expects anything to happen between them, or for their lives to change. But sometimes meeting the right person is all it takes.
This was a great book! I loved Star and Ash. I also thought it was interesting to read about hoarding! The story is sweet and engaging. It was really engaging to learn about Star’s life and how she turned out the way she did. Having to be removed from her home after losing her father because her mom just lost it was heartbreaking. But, Star managed to become a pretty well adjusted adult.
I also found the interactions with the people in the town unbelievably realistic (and sad). Having grown up in a small town where everyone knows your business, this kind of terrible behavior happens. All the time…I’m glad that Star stood up for herself and for Ash. That is tough to do!
Also, this was a pretty quick read! And, y’all know I’m not a big fan of the overly descriptive love scenes and this book does a great job of being sweet, age appropriate, and still sexy!
The plot twist was a surprise to me for sure. I thought the climax of the story would be Star’s decision as to how to handle having to leave Ash, so I was totally shocked to say the least!
The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is the ending. It ends and you know what happens to the main characters, but I have SO many questions. Did Preston do it on purpose? Does Star go back to college? There are more but I don’t want to give away spoilers.