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Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things. The stars. And the boy she fell in love with last summer. When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together. Now it’s senior year, and she’ Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things. The stars. And the boy she fell in love with last summer. When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together. Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it as she prepares for a future studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Can she forgive him and open her heart again? Or are they doomed to repeat history? From debut author, Ronni Davis, comes a stunning novel about passion, loss, and the power of first love.


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Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things. The stars. And the boy she fell in love with last summer. When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together. Now it’s senior year, and she’ Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things. The stars. And the boy she fell in love with last summer. When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together. Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it as she prepares for a future studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Can she forgive him and open her heart again? Or are they doomed to repeat history? From debut author, Ronni Davis, comes a stunning novel about passion, loss, and the power of first love.

30 review for When the Stars Lead to You

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received this book for free from The NOVL in exchange for an honest review. First and foremost, I want to start off with a massive trigger warning for depression and suicide. These topics are heavily discussed in this book. This was a very heartfelt and touching book. The depression representation was really well done. It showed what depression looked like and how it affects not only the person with it, but also their loved ones. After reading the author’s note at the end, you can tell just how I received this book for free from The NOVL in exchange for an honest review. First and foremost, I want to start off with a massive trigger warning for depression and suicide. These topics are heavily discussed in this book. This was a very heartfelt and touching book. The depression representation was really well done. It showed what depression looked like and how it affects not only the person with it, but also their loved ones. After reading the author’s note at the end, you can tell just how personal this story was for the author. A lot of reviewers have mentioned that the romance in this book is very insta-lovey and obsessive. There is merit to that, however, that was kind of the point of the book. Towards the end, the nature of their relationship gets discussed. This book isn’t necessarily supposed to be one of those cutesy YA romances. I loved the biracial (main character is half white and half black) representation. I liked that it didn’t shy away from showing the racism that is still prevalent today. I also liked that classism and elitism was also explored in conjunction with her race. It’s interesting to see how race, class, and gender all intersect. This book is so sex-positive which is so refreshing to see in YA. Lastly, I thought the ending was perfect for the story. It seemed realistic and I liked that it was more ope-ended. Overall, I really enjoyed this #OwnVoices debut.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    3.5 stars At times I struggled with some of the characters and story but now that I've finished the book, I feel like I can sit back and appreciate what the author was attempting to do here. Reading the Author's Note at the end of the book helped put things into context for me. This might not be a perfect read but one that nonetheless was worthy of my time. High school student Devon is focused on her future. She studies hard so she can go to the college of her choice and hopefully nab a ton of 3.5 stars At times I struggled with some of the characters and story but now that I've finished the book, I feel like I can sit back and appreciate what the author was attempting to do here. Reading the Author's Note at the end of the book helped put things into context for me. This might not be a perfect read but one that nonetheless was worthy of my time. High school student Devon is focused on her future. She studies hard so she can go to the college of her choice and hopefully nab a ton of scholarship money to pay for it. Her goal of becoming an astrophysicist is going to require a lot of schooling but she's determined to make her dream come true. She meets Ashton one summer and quickly falls for him. Unfortunately he breaks her heart. Fast forward to Devon's senior year and guess who is a new student at her school? Why Ashton of course. If you let someone back into your life who hurt you once before, aren't the odds pretty high that person will break your heart again? Is it worth the risk? First of all I liked how Devon was totally into science and was out there doing her best to make her dreams come true. It's always nice to see a character who is focused and driven in young adult fiction. The author introduces some important issues into the story including mental illness. It's a topic that is personal to me and I have mixed feelings about how it was handled in the book. While there were certain moments and feelings I could relate to, a few times things just felt off. In particular at times the dialogue between Devon and Ashton felt unnatural and not realistic. I didn't really have a problem with the plot so much as the actual execution. I hate saying this but at certain points the story took on a melodramatic vibe and given some serious subjects are explored, it was disappointing. I wanted to be 100% emotionally invested in the characters but unfortunately at times I struggled. With that being said though, I am glad I read the book. It's not your typical fluffy teenage romance. There's some depth to the characters and story even though I wasn't completely happy with the execution. The author didn't play it safe with the story and took some chances which is commendable. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advance reader's copy! I was not obligated to share my review here and all views expressed are my honest opinion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 151 I feel really bad about not finishing this one but I couldn't stand the writing. Devon is supposed to be an astrophysicist in the making in her senior year of high school, but she was written like a middle schooler. The whole foundation of the star-crossed romance is a summer of insta-love cheese that ends up going sour, followed by a second chance romance-type plot-- only because they didn't have any real or deep connection Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 151 I feel really bad about not finishing this one but I couldn't stand the writing. Devon is supposed to be an astrophysicist in the making in her senior year of high school, but she was written like a middle schooler. The whole foundation of the star-crossed romance is a summer of insta-love cheese that ends up going sour, followed by a second chance romance-type plot-- only because they didn't have any real or deep connection before (imo), it doesn't really work. I skimmed to the end, and while I appreciate that this book tackles some pretty important issues-- depression, suicide, interracial relationships, and biracial identity-- this didn't click for me in the strongest way. I think I'd only be more annoyed than I am now if I pushed myself to finish, so I'm going to stop now. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!    1 to 1.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ronni Davis

    January 24, 2019—we have a cover! I hope you love it as much as I do!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Who Reads

    so amazing. would highly recommend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rec-It Rachel

    HELL YES

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)

    DNF at 45% I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. I really liked the concept for When the Stars Lead to You, but felt like the story was poorly executed. Devon is an eighteen-year-old that wants to be an astrophysicist, but her voice was very juvenile (unless she was talking about space and the stars). I sometimes forgot she was in her senior DNF at 45% I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. I really liked the concept for When the Stars Lead to You, but felt like the story was poorly executed. Devon is an eighteen-year-old that wants to be an astrophysicist, but her voice was very juvenile (unless she was talking about space and the stars). I sometimes forgot she was in her senior year of high school, and mentally pictured her as a fourteen-year-old obsessively in love. When I say obsessively, I'm not exaggerating. Devon and Ashton's relationship was instantaneous and heavy. They fell in love literally at first sight, and their relationship only got more intense the longer it continued. I just cannot imagine Devon sitting on a porch for an entire day and night just because he ghosted her on their last day at the beach together. Their relationship was suffocating and unhealthy. Yes, teenagers fall in love hard and fast, but this felt different. I also dislike it when a character throws everything away for their love interest. College and astrophysics have been Devon's dream for years, but she starts slipping as things heat up with Ashton for a second time. He's dealing with depression and family issues, so his presence is very time-consuming and emotionally draining for Devon. She doesn't know how to help him, but tries to be understanding and available. It just felt like she was too easily derailed from her lifelong plans and aspirations. We go from insta-love, to second-chance-insta-love, to heavy and very intense, to all-consuming love. Questions like, "Do you love me?" started popping up pretty early on, and even discussions about marriage. Marriage. "I told my cousin I was going to marry you someday." (Ashton said this the first time he saw her on the beach.) "I still think about marrying you someday." (Ashton said this shortly after they reconnected over a year later, even though he'd previously been dating someone else.) "I feel like if anyone could take you away from me, it's her." (Devon's feelings on love and marriage with Ashton.) I hate that Devon felt so insecure after giving her heart to him and having him leave her without a word. I understand her feelings, but her willingness to fall back down the rabbit hole with him was disconcerting. It really did feel like an obsessive relationship -- on both sides -- that I had trouble rallying behind. I wish there had been more secondary characters to offer their perspectives and opinions, but Blair only warns Devon vaguely about her happiness. She also threatens Ashton, but there wasn't much fire behind it. It felt like Devon and Ashton were in their own little bubble, which felt unrealistic and didn't offer much variety to the story. I also dislike it when a book does more telling than showing, which I think added a lot of unnecessary dialogue. Their accidental run-in a year later didn't feel realistic either. They spent an entire summer together on the beach and never discussed their hometowns or schools? Yes, they talked about college, but never about where they went to high school? They mentioned maintaining a relationship once the summer was over, but didn't talk about how that would work? Where they would each be living? Ashton was very cagey during some of their conversations, which might be why that didn't come up, but it still felt off. I did like the biracial representation, and how the author showed Devon dealing with other people's microaggressions throughout her life. Offhanded comments that are said one way and perceived another -- very well done. The discussions about depression and suicidal ideations was well-represented as well. The author's note at the end is definitely worth reading, and lets the reader know this was an #ownvoices story. Overall, I enjoyed certain aspects of When the Stars Lead to You, but after skimming through to the end, I know that quitting when I did was the right call for me. A lot of other people really resonated with this story, so check out other reviews before making a final decision! Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on November 10, 2019.

  8. 5 out of 5

    kav (xreadingsolacex)

    When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis is a solid debut YA novel about Devon, an 18-year-old with dreams of being an astrophysicist. These dreams are changed, however, when Devon meets Ashton, a fellow 18-year-old who Devon falls deeply in love with, but Ashton's high-end lifestyle and life-threatening depression may just make things too difficult for the star-crossed lovers. There were so many great things about this novel, and Ronni Davis is definitely an author to keep an eye on going When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis is a solid debut YA novel about Devon, an 18-year-old with dreams of being an astrophysicist. These dreams are changed, however, when Devon meets Ashton, a fellow 18-year-old who Devon falls deeply in love with, but Ashton's high-end lifestyle and life-threatening depression may just make things too difficult for the star-crossed lovers. There were so many great things about this novel, and Ronni Davis is definitely an author to keep an eye on going forward. First of all, I really loved the journey of Devon and Ashton's romance. I really liked that it was over-dramatic at times because that's what young love is. Falling in love in high school is always an over-the-top experience, and Davis nailed the execution of that perfectly. Another great aspect of this novel is the balance between the dreamy high school romance and the intense themes that Davis incorporates into their story. I loved way Devon's biracial identity was handled. While it wasn't the central focus of the novel, the way Davis tackled microaggressive racist behavior was exquisite in my opinion. Similarly, I really liked how the plotline of Ashton's family being rich and Devon being a scholarship student was handled. It was perfectly balanced with the lighter themes of this novel. That being said, though, my favorite part of this novel is how Ashton's depression was handled. The author's note at the end of the novel shows just how personal that arc was to the author, and she manages to expertly portray this terrifying illness in a realistic and moving way. I found his arc so relatable and so well-done, and it is truly one of the best mental illness representations to exist in YA literature to-date. The ending of this novel is also one of my favorite novel endings of all-time. While I loved so many aspects of the novel, it always felt like there was something lacking to me. It took me a while to figure it out, but I finally realized that what I think would have perfected this novel in my opinion would be to make it a dual perspective between Devon and Ashton. There were so many points in the novel where I would have loved to hear Ashton's inner thoughts, and I think that addition would have solidified this as a 5-star read in my mind. Ultimately, though, When the Stars Lead to You is a dreamy, well-written debut that packs a solid emotional punch, and I would definitely recommend it to most any YA reader! content warnings: this book deals heavily with themes of depression + suicide and slight themes of racism

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    Raw. Real. Difficult. Emotional. Heart breaking. Huge thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy to read and review. I'll have my review done soon.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I’m so torn! I understand and appreciate what the author was trying to do, I just don’t think it was executed all that well. Devon is a biracial 18 year old girl who is starting her senior year of high school. She’s focused on getting into her dream college and learning more about astrophysics. Also enjoying her last year of school with her best friend, Blair. The last thing she expects is to see the guy who ghosted her a year and half ago, after what was the perfect summer relationship. Devon is I’m so torn! I understand and appreciate what the author was trying to do, I just don’t think it was executed all that well. Devon is a biracial 18 year old girl who is starting her senior year of high school. She’s focused on getting into her dream college and learning more about astrophysics. Also enjoying her last year of school with her best friend, Blair. The last thing she expects is to see the guy who ghosted her a year and half ago, after what was the perfect summer relationship. Devon is confused and angry to see Ashton again, but those feelings are still there and she’s left wondering what exactly happened that summer. First, let’s talk about the characters. I liked both of them, but it never really got past that. I loved Devon’s passion for the stars, it’s the best thing about her. I loved seeing the way she got excited any time she talked about them, and I loved that, no matter what, getting into the college with the best astrophysics program was always her priority. Then there’s Ashton. I think this book would have really benefited from having some chapters with his POV, though I do understand why it didn’t include him as this is Devon’s story. However, I do think never really seeing where his head is at and seeing all his actions through Devon’s POV made it more difficult to connect with him. But either way, sympathizing with him was all too easy. This book focused on a lot of topics. Two of the biggest ones are mental illness and race. I thought the biracial rep was really good here. There were a lot of good conversations about race in the book and you could see a lot of the microaggressions Devon has to deal with because of the fact she’s half black in a predominately white school and dating a rich, white guy. Mental illness is also a huge theme. Specifically depression and suicidal ideation. This is where a little bit of my mixed feelings come in. I found some of the things Ashton talked about and went through very relatable, and some fell a little flat. Obviously this is a personal thing, not everyone will feel the same. The romance between Ashton and Devon is my main issue. The insta-love was strong. Also, so everyone knows, this is not a romance book. Their relationship was always moving so fast. They initially fell in love so quickly, then Devon forgave Ashton super quickly. They had their cute moments, I just wish their relationship had been a bit more fleshed out. Then towards the end, I wish there had been a bit more resolution to it. At the end of the day, this won’t make any of my favorites list. However, I can tell this book was really special for the author, and I don’t regret reading it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Bookavid

    the black biracial rep in this is fantastic.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    When The Stars Lead To You is a summer love ending without a hint that turns into a heated romance where the relationship’s growth is intertwined with both the protagonists’ individual growth. A biracial relationship with a depression representation and a female main character whose dream is to be an astrophysicist along with emotional wonders about forgiveness are all the good things making up this young adult contemporary romance. Consider reading this review on my blog! Sum it up in points! When The Stars Lead To You is a summer love ending without a hint that turns into a heated romance where the relationship’s growth is intertwined with both the protagonists’ individual growth. A biracial relationship with a depression representation and a female main character whose dream is to be an astrophysicist along with emotional wonders about forgiveness are all the good things making up this young adult contemporary romance. Consider reading this review on my blog! ➝ Sum it up in points! ✔Summer-turned-school romance ✔Focus on self-love ✔Pressure of legacy ✔STEM female main character ✔Consensual sex in teenage romance ✔Sex positivity ✔Own-voices depression rep ✔Biracial relationship ➝ Trigger Warnings ⇾ Unannounced disappearance of the other half in a relationship ⇾ Suicidal thoughts & intentions ⇾ Suicide attempt ⇾ Depression ⇾ Societal microaggressions towards biracial identity ⇾ Classism ⇾ Family pressure ➝ Plot When The Stars Lead To You shows an insta-love that starts on a beach to a second-chance romance in high school that dives into the main characters’—Devon and Ashton—aspirations and the difficulties associated with those dreams. Devon loves the stars and wants to become an astrophysicist but her parents’ financial status might raise a problem; Ashton wants to do anything that doesn’t confine him to the list of duties he needs to carry out as the son of an esteemed businessman and expensive family. This intertwined plot of two teenagers lives brings their complex relationship and individualistic story lines into clear focus. ➝ Representation This YA contemporary romance definitely deserves recognition for the own-voices mental health rep that it showcased. Though, I’m not a part of the represented community so my opinions should be considered secondary to an own-voices reader. Not only does the story execute an accurate portrayal of a depressed character but also enlightens the readers on it by showing the non-depressed character educating herself about the symptoms, effects, and struggles of depression. This can certainly be a great way to normalise mental health education, especially when an individual needs to gain that knowledge by themselves. Another strong aspect in terms of the mental health representation is the alertness that Devon shows once she finally fathoms Ashton’s suicidal ideation and depression. Her responsibility as an important person in his life, or even as a human, is proved through the conversations she carries out with him (regarding his thoughts) or through her push towards therapy or her actual presence most of the times. The biracial relationship and its struggles are also portrayed in a very subtle yet glaring manner through microaggressions that Devon had to face, or the racism-oriented implications made by Ashton’s family when they simply assume Devon to be an exotic fling based on her different racial identity. Sex in young adult books is an important theme, if present, and When The Stars Lead To You did a great job in making its characters take decisions for themselves, without the influence of society, parents or peers . Consent has been indicated and shown clearly which makes the heated romance in this teenage setting a pleasure (pun-intended) to read. Overall, When The Stars Lead To You is a teenage romance I would recommend to anyone looking for a young adult relationship that progresses through time and explores various themes, from sex to mental health, while the protagonists are growing through every page too. November 10, 2019: This has a really good depression rep and self-love intertwined with love for the other person in a relationship is pleasantly emotional to read. October 31, 2019: biracial relationships in young adult literature is THE THING. So excited to read this as part of a blog tour by FFBC tours!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Toya

    As soon as I finished reading When the Stars Lead to You , I was reeling from all the emotions of this book that I definitely needed to take a few days to wrap my head around everything that I read. Devon is a biracial (half black and half white), sixteen year old girl that dreams of being an astrophysicist. She loves getting lost in the constellations and galaxies. During summer vacation, she meets Ashton. It’s basically love at first sight for these two. Their whirlwind romance is the epitome As soon as I finished reading When the Stars Lead to You , I was reeling from all the emotions of this book that I definitely needed to take a few days to wrap my head around everything that I read. Devon is a biracial (half black and half white), sixteen year old girl that dreams of being an astrophysicist. She loves getting lost in the constellations and galaxies. During summer vacation, she meets Ashton. It’s basically love at first sight for these two. Their whirlwind romance is the epitome of the summer of love. They shared their hopes and dreams and this felt like the beginning of forever. Everything changes at the end of the summer when Ashton doesn’t show up for their date, and Devon doesn’t hear from again. Left heartbroken, Ashton decides it’s best to focus on her lifelong dream of becoming an astrophysicist and to continue to study the stars that she loves so much. Fast forward. Now it’s Devon’s senior year. Devon is a shoe-in for valedictorian at Preston Academy. All Devon plans to only focus on is getting into her dream school: McCafferty where they have a specialized astrophysics curriculum. Well…until a new student shows up at Preston…Ashton. Oh, and his parents’ families are the founders of Preston. All those old feelings and the betrayal comes rushing back. Can Devon and Ashton get over what happened in the past in order to have a future together? The first part of this story did not immediately pull me in since I am not typically a fan of the whole “instalove” plot line. However, I think that if I was sixteen years old and experiencing my first love again, I’d feel differently because I definitely remember clouded judgement and being wrapped up in those intense feelings. That being said, I implore people like me who aren’t such an instalove fan to hold on because the story really kicks off once the timeline fasts forwards to Devon and Ashton’s senior year because Ronni Davis doesn’t shy away from social issues such as racism, mental health, suicide ideation, and parental emotional abuse. I loved the conversation around interracial dating and the issues that can arise when tradition and conservatism are an expectation. There’s a situation where Ashton tells Devon that his parents assumed that Devon was an exotic fling since she is traditionally outside of what is expected of the family. As a biracial (half black and half white) female myself, I have found myself in similar situation on several occasions. Additionally, Ronni Davis does an impeccable job of depicting depression. She gives such a thorough insight into this disease as well as how it personally affects those around you, regardless if they are willing to accept it or not. I’ve never experienced a YA book that was willing to show the raw honesty of depression and its consequences. Overall, this is a fantastic story that highlights the real world problems that can permeate relationships on how we decide to learn and grow from them. Thank you to The NOVL for providing an ARC for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    They shared an amazing summer at the beach, but without warning, he ghosted her. Fast forward one year, and he was back in her life, but was she ready to forgive him? I had featured this book as one of my highly anticipated releases, because the whole summer-loving-first-love-brokenhearted-reunited thing really appealed to me, and Davis delivered all feels and, so much more, with this beautiful story. Such a great blend of drama, heartbreak, and hope, and here are five things I really loved about They shared an amazing summer at the beach, but without warning, he ghosted her. Fast forward one year, and he was back in her life, but was she ready to forgive him? I had featured this book as one of my highly anticipated releases, because the whole summer-loving-first-love-brokenhearted-reunited thing really appealed to me, and Davis delivered all feels and, so much more, with this beautiful story. Such a great blend of drama, heartbreak, and hope, and here are five things I really loved about this book. • Davis did such a fantastic job capturing all the emotions related to first love. That first summer at the beach was so sweet and wonderful, and I loved when those feelings roared back to life as these two were reunited. • This book tackled what it's like to love someone, who was suffering from mental illness. All the emotions were so real and raw. The pain, the hopelessness, the worry, and the stress - it was all there, and my heart ached for both Devon and Ashton as they were in the situation together. • Blair was such a good friend. There were so many times I thought about how lucky Devon was to have her in her life. And, she was also blessed with wonderful parents, who were present and loving and super supportive. • I taught astronomy at one point in my career, and loved all the science bits peppered throughout the story. I am all for STEM girl visibility, so thank you, Ronni Davis for writing a science loving female character for us, who was nothing short of marvelous. • Davis incorporated many ideas about race, classism, mental health, identity, and sex-positivity into this story, and they blended seamlessly with each other. Overall: A touching and emotional story of first love, which featured a rather realistic portrayal of loving someone with mental illness. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    This is a hard book for me to rate and review. There was one aspect of the story that I really loved. However, most of the rest of the book, I didn't enjoy. I'll start with what I didn't love. The romance never felt truly solidified to me. I found it based more just on some cutesy moments rather than anything deep. By the time the deep moments did arrive, Dev and Ashton were already declaring their love. I also didn't like how forced the characters felt. None of them came off as realistic to me, This is a hard book for me to rate and review. There was one aspect of the story that I really loved. However, most of the rest of the book, I didn't enjoy. I'll start with what I didn't love. The romance never felt truly solidified to me. I found it based more just on some cutesy moments rather than anything deep. By the time the deep moments did arrive, Dev and Ashton were already declaring their love. I also didn't like how forced the characters felt. None of them came off as realistic to me, except for the best friend. Everyone else seemed like the author sat down and made a list of all the quirky characteristics that she could give each one and instead of editing the list back, she threw it all in there. Instead of it being interesting, I found it annoying. So, what did I love? This story deals with depression. While a lot of stories do, most don't get it right for me. When the Stars Lead to You did. It was real, it was emotional, it was given the time and respect it deserves. It wasn't a superficial plot point. I have always believed that if you're going to write about illness like this, you should write with responsibility. Love doesn't conquer all. It can help but it isn't a cure for everything. It was clear that Davis understood that and it's what saved this book for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Milena

    When the Stars Lead to You is a bittersweet, multilayered, contemporary YA romance that deals with a lot of important issues and packs quite a punch. Even though the book addresses heavy topics, such as mental illness and racism, it's written in a way that is very engaging and easy to read. It's also sex-positive, which I really appreciate and want to see in all the books, but especially in YA. When the Stars Lead to You ticked all the right boxes for me, I would recommend it to anyone who When the Stars Lead to You is a bittersweet, multilayered, contemporary YA romance that deals with a lot of important issues and packs quite a punch. Even though the book addresses heavy topics, such as mental illness and racism, it's written in a way that is very engaging and easy to read. It's also sex-positive, which I really appreciate and want to see in all the books, but especially in YA. When the Stars Lead to You ticked all the right boxes for me, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA romance with a substance. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    This book. I fell in love with this book. Read it. <3 My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bloglovin'

  18. 5 out of 5

    Swankivy

    Please note this review might discuss some raw issues regarding mental illness, depression, and suicidal ideation! As a person who has had a romantic relationship with a mentally ill person who attempted suicide while I was in a relationship with him, there was a LOT about this that I related to. I was shocked that that was the case considering how unusual it is for me to relate to a first-person protagonist in a romance book. This story, first and foremost, allows for a realistic exploration of Please note this review might discuss some raw issues regarding mental illness, depression, and suicidal ideation! As a person who has had a romantic relationship with a mentally ill person who attempted suicide while I was in a relationship with him, there was a LOT about this that I related to. I was shocked that that was the case considering how unusual it is for me to relate to a first-person protagonist in a romance book. This story, first and foremost, allows for a realistic exploration of what it's like to care about someone who is always fighting this battle against depression. All of the stuff you'd expect to see is here (lovingly and wrenchingly rendered): the occasional wonder of why nothing is ever enough, the feeling that the other person's life should always come before your own because it's their LIFE, the fear that you will lose the person, the guilt if you just can't do it. As a personal aside, Ashton was a very different person from the person I was in a relationship with, and even though Ashton messed up a lot and failed Devon in many ways that he could have prevented somewhat unrelated to his depression, I felt like he was not at his heart a manipulative person out to twist Devon into serving his interests or shame her into providing love and attention, and even when she fell down a rabbit hole trying to help him it felt like her awareness of these choices was appropriate even if she sometimes let his issues eclipse her life or took too much responsibility for his problems. I know what it's like to realize it's always going to be something else, it's never going to permanently "be better"--it can only be managed--and I know what it's like to decide you are, yourself, worth more than what you'd be if you simply stood and waited for the other person to need you, desire you, and come to you. It is okay to choose yourself, and it is not cruel. You aren't rejecting someone as a person if you need to change your relationship with them to continue to survive. You are not a bad person or a failure if you cannot "save" them. I loved, LOVED that Devon learned this hard, hard lesson, and that she didn't have to pay for it with catastrophic consequences. I love that I wasn't mad at her for her questionable choices because they all felt true, and even when they didn't feel reasoned they never felt like they made no sense. There were only two things in this book that bothered me a little. One was how much emphasis there was on the Rich People Life--which Devon is on the outskirts of because she goes to an elite school but isn't a Society Person herself--and even though there was a realistic acknowledgment of how into their weird dynasties these powerful families are, I've never been able to fully digest or appreciate the emphasis some of these types of books have on name brands, status, legacy, and high society. I've read quite a few books in which one of the differences between the romantic leads is moneyed-elite-meets-poor-underprivileged-person, and there's this focus on Glam with a capital G that I never related to. Ah, and the other thing that bothered me was that Devon continued to wear Ashton's necklace gift after she'd lost him the first time and dubbed him a complete asshole, hiding photos of that summer on her computer so she wouldn't have to look at them and disclosing enough Ugly Ex stories to her best friend that she's dubbed him "The Rat Bastard." I just have a really hard time imagining that someone who feels like that about a boy who hurt her (and legitimately is furious with him upon his reentry into her life, does NOT simply melt and let him back in) would walk around wearing such a symbolic key-to-my-heart necklace every day. It weirded me out. It was certainly clear she wasn't over him, but I wouldn't expect someone who was trying that hard to be over him to carry a reminder of him in the form of an intimate gift at her chest, you know? I would have preferred if she'd kept it somewhere and occasionally chastised herself that she couldn't toss it or pawn it or give it away, and if she'd reclaimed it once he was back in her life in a real way. Besides those two rather minor details, this book was just a runaway feels trip and it was GOOD. There was very fast attraction between the romantic couple at the beginning, and the slideshow-like light detail on the wonderful summer with the sad ending might have made some people feel like their relationship happened too fast, but I would absolutely disagree that there's any instalove going on. I liked that the summer felt like a dream and I could believe that it felt like a thrilling summer fling that could develop into something deep (if Ashton hadn't abandoned Devon on their last day and left her hanging). I'm not even a romance/relationship person and I had absolutely no problem with believing in their relationship while acknowledging that the attraction was powerful, compelling, tempting, and full of promise while not declaring that all of that is love. I remember how much faster things happened and how much less patience I had as a teenager. This is the urgency teens feel and this is not a time in a young person's life when they put the brakes on exciting things that feel good. Devon's questioning herself and whether she was moving too fast with the boy who once lost her trust was surprisingly mature and spoke of some walls coming up to protect her. I liked how present both of these characters' parents were in their lives (to wildly different effects); how Devon's relative poverty was not played up and constantly showed as a stark difference because we get it just fine; how not every rich person in Ashton's family was a gross snob and how his ex-girlfriend was a focus of some jealousy but also wasn't a terrible person; and how both characters were very aware of where they came from and how that had become part of them. I also like the relationship Devon had with her yearbook club rival gal and how she was shown to be more than just an obstacle-slash-terrible-person. She grew too, even though she needs desperately to learn not to make comments about being "ghetto" or touch other people's hair. Sometimes it seemed like she had an Offensive Checklist, damn. (But these experiences included nuance. Because they weren't just thrown in there for authenticity points. They're written by someone who's lived it.) Anyway, even though the romance is sort of highlighted as a focus of the book, I honestly got more out of Devon's relationship with herself. Her journey toward respecting and understanding herself, her needs, her relationships, her goals, and how to frame all of it inside of something that could become a life. I cried multiple times on the bus reading this. ;__;

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emily Nicholas | Emily The Book Nerd

    REVIEW FOUND ON MY BLOG https://emilythebooknerdxo.blogspot.c... I was very excited to read When the Stars Lead to You because the cover caught my eye. It's one of the prettiest covers that I have ever seen. The story is all about a girl named Devon who is a very type-A student and person. She dreams of being an astrophysicist and loves everything about the stars. One day, while on vacation she meets the boy of her dreams. Devon and Ashton immediately fall for each other and embark on a whirlwind REVIEW FOUND ON MY BLOG https://emilythebooknerdxo.blogspot.c... I was very excited to read When the Stars Lead to You because the cover caught my eye. It's one of the prettiest covers that I have ever seen. The story is all about a girl named Devon who is a very type-A student and person. She dreams of being an astrophysicist and loves everything about the stars. One day, while on vacation she meets the boy of her dreams. Devon and Ashton immediately fall for each other and embark on a whirlwind romance. The story conveys all the ups and downs of falling in love for the first time. Both characters were extremely relatable. Ashton struggles with major depression and it starts affecting their relationship. As someone who struggles with depression, I related to both characters. I am also a very type-A person. In high school, there were many times that I overworked myself as Devon does throughout the book. My first relationship/love ended a lot like how the characters did in the book. I enjoyed seeing the contrast between the two characters. How depression not only affects the person dealing with mental health issues but how it also affects loved ones and relationships. There are a lot of triggers in this book though... So don't go into reading it if you do not have a strong mindset to read anything dealing with depression, suicide, etc. Devon is a very determined character. She dreams of becoming a scientist. Most of the book is her preparing for college. I loved seeing the troubles that are presented when applying for college and all the waiting you have to endure. The book also deals with dysfunctional families and racism. I felt for Ashton so much while reading. There were times when I wanted to punch his parents. Even in modern times, there is racism. Especially where money is concerned. The novel portrayed that very well. This isn't your average young adult romance novel and the plot has a lot of substance behind it. The hard topics were dealt with extremely well and not one time did it feel forced like so many other young adult novels. This was Ronni Davis' first novel and I cannot wait to see what she writes in the future. Her writing was so beautiful and seamless. The ending was beautiful and very realistic. I loved reading the author's note at the end. This made the book and plot all the more powerful to read. Thank god for a realistic ending in a young adult romance for once! I was very emotional while reading this book. There were times that I was more invested in the plot and others that I didn't care much for. That's the only reason why I did not give this book five stars. I reserve my five-star books for my absolute favorite books. However, I did love this story. Thank you, to Ronni Davis, The FFBC, and the publisher for a finished copy to review!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mari Johnston

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. Content Warnings: depression, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, racism, classism, microaggressions I honestly loved every single word of this book. A lot of people will have issues with the story because it’s very much an instalove situation. Personally, though, I don’t have a problem with this because it’s how I tend to be. There is no building up to emotions with me – I just dive right in. This is something the main This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. Content Warnings: depression, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, racism, classism, microaggressions I honestly loved every single word of this book. A lot of people will have issues with the story because it’s very much an instalove situation. Personally, though, I don’t have a problem with this because it’s how I tend to be. There is no building up to emotions with me – I just dive right in. This is something the main character, Devon, comes to realize is unhealthy towards the end. So while it might make some readers roll their eyes it is talked about. This was one of the most honest portrayals of depression I’ve ever read. Ronni Davis is an own voices author and it’s obvious. She goes so deeply into the topic through Ashton and held nothing back. It was at times hard to read because of how honest everything was. My heart ached for Ashton. I really feel that this story will help a lot of people understand how intense and overwhelming depression can be. There are also so many important conversations on race throughout the entire novel. Devon put people in their place and I loved seeing her call the mean girl out for her comments that were a “joke”. The entire thing is also sex-positive! Devon’s mom talks to her beforehand, doesn’t make her feel guilty for having sex, and makes sure she has the appropriate resources. Ashton and Devon have a conversation before and after having sex. Consent is discussed. Teens desperately need more stories like this. Also, Ashton and Devon got snowed in together and my heart exploded. When the Stars Lead to You is raw and relatable. It’s a deeply important and powerful debut that will allow so many people to find themselves within the pages. Read it. Discuss it. Tell your friends about it. This book needs to be shared. A digital ARC was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I did not expect this book so be so impactful. This is a very important story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    S.F. Henson

    A beautiful book about first love and loss, self-care and selflessness, and all that falls between. A gorgeous debut that everyone should add to their TBR pile!

  23. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    3.5 STARS When Devon, an aspiring astrophysicist, falls in love with Ashton, she doesn’t expect him to disappear at the end of the summer and break her heart. She also doesn’t expect him to show up at her prestigious private school, where she’s a scholarship student. Then she learned his wealthy family started the school years ago. Ashton has a whole lot of baggage, including a prejudiced, judgmental family and a history of suicidal depression. WHEN THE STARS LEAD TO YOU has a lot of positive 3.5 STARS When Devon, an aspiring astrophysicist, falls in love with Ashton, she doesn’t expect him to disappear at the end of the summer and break her heart. She also doesn’t expect him to show up at her prestigious private school, where she’s a scholarship student. Then she learned his wealthy family started the school years ago. Ashton has a whole lot of baggage, including a prejudiced, judgmental family and a history of suicidal depression. WHEN THE STARS LEAD TO YOU has a lot of positive features including biracial identity, accurate mental health representation and sex positivity. I loved the relationship Devon had with her parents and how open her mom was talking about sex. Debut writer Ronni Davis did a great job showing microaggressions by Devon’s classmate and more overt racism with Ashton’s mother. Davis, who is biracial and has a history of depression, wrote one of the best #OwnVoices YA novels I’ve read. She has enough distance and perspective to create a well-balanced, imperfect character in Ashton. He’s neither a hero or villain, just a young man trying to do the best he can. The insta-love relationship between Ashton and Devon was never healthy, always obsessive and imbalanced. Once Devon discovered his depression, she took on the role of checking up him, constantly asking if he was okay, furthering the imbalance. Instead of wanting to be together, everything felt too intense, too much of a need. Devon felt it, but didn’t know how to set boundaries. Ashton was trying to hang on to the one positive thing in his life. In his myopic suffering, he didn’t realize he asked too much, without ever asking. I was glad Davis didn’t write him as overtly manipulative (I’ll kill myself if you leave), but Devon still felt the unspoken pressure. I wish Davis had given Ashton’s parents more dimension. They felt stereotypical and didn’t seem like real people, but characters written in a way to advance a plot. The wealthy students also seemed like stereotypical rich kids. Davis’s writing kept me interested. I cared about Devon and Ashton and wanted the best for them. While I don’t need stories wrapped up in pretty bows, I’m not a fan of non-ending endings. While I enjoyed WHEN THE STARS LEAD TO YOU, I’m not sure I’d recommend it without discussion about healthy vs unhealthy relationships, although the topic is briefly addressed. Davis is on my radar and I’ll check out her next book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    Such an excellent read, I can't wait to write a full review! _________ Updated: Nov. 4, 2019 Link: https://mindofabookdragon.wordpress.c... Like I mentioned earlier, I absolutely loved this book! It was a really great read, and I loved the development of the characters over time. Devon was awesome, and she was so complex. She behaved like you would probably think a teenager would in her situation, and I’m glad to say it ended in the way I wanted it to. Her pride and strength showed when she had to Such an excellent read, I can't wait to write a full review! _________ Updated: Nov. 4, 2019 Link: https://mindofabookdragon.wordpress.c... Like I mentioned earlier, I absolutely loved this book! It was a really great read, and I loved the development of the characters over time. Devon was awesome, and she was so complex. She behaved like you would probably think a teenager would in her situation, and I’m glad to say it ended in the way I wanted it to. Her pride and strength showed when she had to deal with the difficulties she faced from her own school and her relationship with Ashton. I also really appreciated Ashton a lot. He was difficult to love sometimes, but I think Devon demonstrated nicely that patience is something to be valued in these situations. (That’s not to say that setting boundaries isn’t good, because I think they both learned a lot about boundaries in this book!) The overall story line was executed well. The pacing of the novel fit well with the tone, and I was always turning the page to find out more! It took me some time to finish, but not because the book wasn’t amazing–school is seriously wack over here! One aspect I really appreciated was Devon’s pride in being biracial. I feel like there isn’t enough of this representation in novels, and I was really excited to see this identity represented in this book. I believe this is an #OwnVoices novel, and I was glad to see everything so well written. Another part that was done well was the mental health representation. One of the characters struggles deeply with depression, and Davis writes eloquently and respectfully on the subject. This story is about living with depression and what it may feel/be like to have someone in your life who struggles with depression. If you read the author’s note at the end, Davis is very candid about her own experience with depression. Fun side story: I have gone to a few book events where Ronni Davis was there, but I was too shy to actually say hi. But I have been following her on social media for a while, and I’m legit so excited to see her book in people’s hands! I highly recommend this novel to people looking for something similar to All the Bright Places or something that will get you in your feels. Happy reading, Sophie 🙂

  25. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    When the Stars Lead to You is a story featuring a biracial STEM girl obsessed with the stars whose summer love story doesn't end the way she doesn't expect. I love summer romances and When the Stars Lead to You is no exception. Not only because it turns everything you expected on its head, but because it's a story that stretches far beyond the beach. When the Stars Lead to You is an emotionally gripping story about love, forgiveness, self-care, and mental health. A summer romance that ended When the Stars Lead to You is a story featuring a biracial STEM girl obsessed with the stars whose summer love story doesn't end the way she doesn't expect. I love summer romances and When the Stars Lead to You is no exception. Not only because it turns everything you expected on its head, but because it's a story that stretches far beyond the beach. When the Stars Lead to You is an emotionally gripping story about love, forgiveness, self-care, and mental health. A summer romance that ended without a whisper. It's a story that confronts prejudice, love that sweeps you away in a tidal wave, and the tendency we have to fall deep into people without surfacing for air. Devon's narrative voice carries you away. Whether it be her feelings of doubt and uncertainty, or her infectious happiness, she is one of my favorite STEM girls. At the same time, When the Stars Lead to You is a story about mental health. Families that withdraw support when you need it and the power of someone to hear and see you. Its ownvoices representation for depression is such a crucial part of the story, asking ourselves what is the line for taking care of our ourselves? We cannot be a lifeline. That isn't healthy for anyone. Because of that, When the Stars Lead to You is a wonderful novel on so many levels: mental health, race, sex-positivity, and self-awareness. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Moony MeowPoff

    This book was so beautiful in many ways, but also heartbreaking. Touching the subject of romance, of how overwhelming it can be of how it rocks your world to your very core (good and bad) and to let one go when that's the hardest thing you do. With struggeling with families and their beliefes, your beliefes, grief, and depression - wich is a the dark. And people often seem okay, and they aren't. I will admit that i cried a bit at the end, but i loved it all the same.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nat ⭐

    All the stars and love for this one. RTC (if I can finally work up the motivation), but even if one doesn’t come, I can’t recommend this one enough. TW: (view spoiler)[discussions of self-harm, domestic abuse, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and sexual content (hide spoiler)]

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erica Baird

    this book gave me the same feels as all the bright places and i’m super emo rn. gonna go tell all the people i love that i love them this book gave me the same feels as all the bright places and i’m super emo rn. gonna go tell all the people i love that i love them 🙃🙃🙃

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    1.5* review to come Blog | YouTube | Instagram This book sounded absolutely promising and I was so ready for the angsty filled romance but unfortunately what I got was insta-love to the tenth degree. I think the biggest issue was the fact that the summer that Ashton and Devon fell in love was way too rushed. It felt that they literally met and were immediately into each other. And before we knew it, they were completely in love all within a few days/weeks. It just felt way too fast and too much 1.5* review to come Blog | YouTube | Instagram This book sounded absolutely promising and I was so ready for the angsty filled romance but unfortunately what I got was insta-love to the tenth degree. I think the biggest issue was the fact that the summer that Ashton and Devon fell in love was way too rushed. It felt that they literally met and were immediately into each other. And before we knew it, they were completely in love all within a few days/weeks. It just felt way too fast and too much like insta-love for me to take this romance seriously. Fast forward to about two years later and somehow Ashton ends up at the same school as Devon. In fact, he is somehow the school founder's kid. I mean, what are the chances of that and the point that she never knew about his family if she was so in love with him? Honestly, the whole situation felt so unlikely. And the kicker was the fact that despite the fact that he completely ghosted her despite "falling in love with her", two years later, she's still pining for him and willing to give up her lifelong dream of studying the stars for him. I hate weak female characters and she was the epitome of one. If you can't tell, I absolutely loathe Devon. However, the upside to this book was that I felt that the depression representation in here felt real. Ashton is suffering from depression and has been for many years and I just felt that his struggles and what he was internalizing felt so realistic. I later found out that this was an #ownvoices novel so the realistic aspect made so much sense. Unfortunately that was the only aspect of this book that I enjoyed. I hated the romance (and plot because this is a contemporary romance and hence romance IS the plot) and Devon that I honestly can't really recommend this book. However, if you're looking for a good depression rep then I would still recommend this one to you.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.

    I went into this thinking it was going to a romance. It was, but it was also a hard hitting contemporary which is my absolute favorite. This story is kind of told within three parts: before, during, and after. I was pretty hooked from beginning as you start to see how Devon and Ashton meet and start their love story. I was not a huge fan that this does have a year jump where you miss the anguish Devon was going through though. I loved that this story dealt with a Bi-Racial relationship. It I went into this thinking it was going to a romance. It was, but it was also a hard hitting contemporary which is my absolute favorite. This story is kind of told within three parts: before, during, and after. I was pretty hooked from beginning as you start to see how Devon and Ashton meet and start their love story. I was not a huge fan that this does have a year jump where you miss the anguish Devon was going through though. I loved that this story dealt with a Bi-Racial relationship. It really does hit on several good conversations around race and acceptance of dating outside your race as well. I really enjoyed these parts, especially being in a bi-racial relationship myself. Thankfully, our family accepted our love much more so than Ashtons. This also deals with mental health including depression and suicidal ideations. You may not know that going in, but it is important as this could be a trigger for some. Where this would be something I would normally love in a book, it just fell a little flat for me. It was almost thrown in at times where it did not fit. I wanted more around Ashton and his depression, his battle, and the everything that happens along this storyline. ‘ The story itself was pretty good. I do not feel like this needed to be 400 though. There was too much filler for me. I also could not always connect with the writing. There are a lot of shorter sentences and fragments (other times I would be locked in with the writing; I know does not make sense). I really loved at the end where the author shares her own story. The author also shares resources for mental health which I loved. Overall, I liked this but did not fall in love with it as much as I would have liked too.

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