Teen Book Review: The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Hi everyone, it’s Sarah!

I received this as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

36412998Title: The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

Author: Junauda Petrus

Book Summary:

Audre lives in Trindad with her extremely religious mother. She finds solace with her spiritualist grandmother and with another young woman she met at church. Audre has growing romantic feelings for this girl and when the two are caught, Audre is sent to Minneapolis to live with her long absent father. This new city is very different from where she grew up and it is difficult for Audre to adapt to this new world. Audre quickly befriends Mabel, a thrilling young woman who is solidly in touch with her truth. However, the two are hiding important truths from each other, Audre won’t talk about why she came to live with her father and Mabel has serious concerns about her health. Even in spite of their fears, the two develop a strong bond with the potential for romance.

Book Review:

The characters were well developed and felt real. It was interesting to see into their lives, Audre in Trinidad and Mabel’s urban garden. This book brought in popular YA tropes (main character being sick) with main characters who are people of color. This important story gives more options and mirrors to teen readers. The writing of this novel was vivid and gorgeous.


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