Evangeline Thorne is privileged.
Beautiful and popular, if not a little jaded.
A chance encounter with a green-eyed stuntman sets off a chain of events that turns her perfect, little world upside down.
Short on options and desperate for adventure, she joins the traveling carnival for the summer.
Thrust into a world full of drama, deception, and secrecy, Evangeline tries to find herself and protect her heart in the process.
Sebastian McAllister is cursed.
He knows better than to think otherwise.
He’s content to live out the rest of his life traveling the country as one of the four Sons of Eastlake, seeking thrills the only way he knows how.
The one thing he doesn’t see coming is the spoiled blond with stars in her eyes.
The only problem is, the more time he spends with her, the more hope starts to stir in his dormant heart.
Too bad hope is a dangerous thing when you’re a McAllister.
“What if we reeeeewriteeee the staaaars? Say you were maaaaade to be mineeeee.” Anyone else immediately start singing that upon seeing this book title? Just me? Ok, cool. And I definitely did not become interested in this book because that title is connected to one of the best songs ever written for a musical ever. Nope, I would never do that. But if I did, then you can’t blame me. Anyways, I stumbled upon this book on WordPress one day and it sounded like something I’d like so I figured it’d be a good one to add to the never ending list. At the end of the day, this book was just fine for me. It wasn’t spectacular like the synopsis made it sound, but it also wasn’t like a flaming piece of garbage either. It was in that weird limbo land where you’re not sure if the book was good or bad and at this point, it could go either way. It was simply fine.
- Honestly, I enjoyed the romance here because the trope used in this book is one of my favourites that is impossible for me to resist. It was clearly your classic good girl meets bad boy and they’ll inevitably change each others’ worlds. Like come on, you’re not gonna get a better romance than that. But one thing I liked about Evan was how she wasn’t as innocent as people perceived her to be and she had a bit of a streak to her. She pushed back when necessary, always had witty comebacks ready, and was pretty scrappy. And then you have Sebastian, who’s this sulky “I’m cursed and kinda hate everything” type of guy who’s afraid of getting attached to things because of the history of death within his family. Totally understandable and a basic requirement for being the resident smouldering bad boy. And I ate all of that up. There was a lot about their dynamic that I was into, some tiny parts that I wasn’t, but all in all, it did the trope some pretty good justice. And, of course, she made him believe in living and having hope which is always the nice cherry on top. It wasn’t executed absolutely perfectly but it did its job well and I have very little to complain about.
- The idea of the carnival was actually really intriguing. I liked how right off the bat there was that differentiation between a carnival and a circus and I feel like the latter would not have fit this story quite as nicely. It was fun to see Evan explore the carnival first as an attendant and then, later on, as an actual employee. You could see how she learned to love different acts and see how much work actually goes into these things. You also see how close the performers are and kind of get invested in all of that sub-drama, and it’s the kind that makes you want to delve deeper into but curse the author because you don’t have time for that. Like I would LOVE to see more of Eros and Kat, see if there’s something there, or just exploring Miles’s character and seeing his friendship with Kat and the rest of the burlesque girls. This book made it seem like a fun place to be rather than a lowly, greasy place other media can make it out to be. Sure, there was mention of the dark side of it but all in all, it seemed like a normal, entertaining place to check out and I really enjoyed it.
- Usually, a 4 year age gap between the couple doesn’t bother me, since my limit is typically 5 years. Evan being 18 and Sebastian being 22 was right as rain with me. However, my issue lies with the fact that she first met him when she was only 16, and he was 20, making their first physical connection illegal. It is, I’m sorry. And then there was there next encounter a year later, where Sebastian kept asking if she was “finally 18 yet” and that just curdled my stomach. Don’t you think it’s a bit gross how a 20 year old grown man started fantasizing about a 16 year old girl and continued to do so for the next two years? No offence, but that makes me very uncomfortable. I wish that instead of those first few chapters depicting their meetings that there was a prologue where Evan runs away to the carnival and has that slight infatuation with Sebastian from afar, maybe still participating in his act but not moving beyond that. So then, two years later, the beginning of their relationship isn’t as uncomfortable. That’s just my opinion.
- It seemed like this book was going to explore the topic of depression that ran within the McAllister family, specifically with the males, but it never really happened. It appeared to be more of a throwaway comment, something to get Sebastian thinking about his entire belief system and all that jazz, but it never went beyond that. And it wasn’t even brought up again after its first mention, now that I think about it. None of the other McAllister boys talked about it and Sebastian himself didn’t give it any more thought afterwards. Instead, we were stuck with that revolving door of a story with them being cursed and all which, to me, got pretty boring after a while. Like ok, we get it, you’re not gonna see 25 nor do you see the point in trying. But hey, maybe if we talked about having depression we could’ve gotten to the bottom of this “curse” but nah, let’s just have the characters continue to bang each other since we don’t need any other kind of substance here. We could’ve almost had it all.
- I don’t think there was an actual plot going on here where Evan is concerned, other than her dad’s addiction, but because she didn’t want to think or talk about it, the rest of her story simply revolved around Sebastian and it was hard for me to see her character actually growing. She did everything for him or because of him and I don’t think there was any point where I said “wow, that’s such good development for her.” She furthered Sebastian’s development (big shocker there) but she kind of did hers off-page within that two year gap. And like I kind of already said, the synopsis promised me so much but it didn’t really go beyond the surface of it. Maybe it’s another case of telling rather than showing? I don’t know. I just know that where there could’ve been so much plot and character development there was filler before getting back to the romance. I need that balance and without it, I’m left here in “meh” limbo.
- We really needed to have that kind of cover with this kind of title? When it’s set in a carnival-type world? When the chapter titles were designed so lovely? Arg.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- This is more or less your standard summer romance book but it’s not something that I can confidently say stands out from other romance books I’ve read. It does have its high points, but it also has its questionable points. Although, it could’ve been worse so I’ll take what I got. But maybe just go listen to Zendaya and Zac Efron sing on a loop instead. Nothing can top that emotion.
BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Rewrite the Stars
Author: Charleigh Rose
Release Date: October 25, 2018
Pages: 270 (eBook)
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