A while ago I decided that I wouldn’t go on NetGalley for a while. I have too many books and I was doing OK at not buying them but NetGalley was still a problem. Then Keris Stainton tweeted that ARC’s of her new book Counting Stars were available on there. And that was that. I had to go on and put a request in. Thankfully I was approved and didn’t have to wait until publication day (yesterday) to read this awesome book.
Here’s the synopsis for Counting Stars by Keris Stainton.
A new life in a new city – would could possibly go wrong . . . ?
When eighteen-year-old Anna leaves school and moves to Liverpool, she feels like her life is finally beginning. She’s landed her dream job at a theatre, and she’s moving into an exciting (if not slightly run-down) houseshare on a buzzing street lined with shops, bars, and buskers. Best of all, her new flatmates are kind, welcoming and a lot of fun – what more could she ask for?
But her new life is also a little overwhelming. Anna’s job quickly falls through, and then she realises that although her new friends are great, they’re also a little mixed-up… and it’s not long before Anna starts using her blog to talk about her experiences, from the hilarious to the ridiculous to the little-bit-scary. But when Anna spills a bigger secret than she can handle, suddenly the consequences are all too real. She’ll have to prove she has the mettle to make it in the big city, or risk losing everything she thinks she wants.
I think Anna is one of the best teenage characters I’ve read in a book in a long time. I could relate to her a lot and she made me laugh too. She also made me very glad that when I was 18 blogs were only just beginning and nowhere near as popular as they are now. I made some pretty stupid mistakes in my early blogging career as a teenager but luckily the consequences were minor on the whole. I could totally see myself in the same situation Anna does if I were a newbie teenager blogger today though. Which is a scary thought.
Counting Stars also really made me want to visit Liverpool. And nostalgic for my own just away from home for the first time years. Not sure I’d want to repeat them but I enjoyed (mostly) the memories it brought back. But that’s not to say that Counting Stars is a nostalgic read because it’s anything but I was just very tired and a bit fragile when I started reading it on the train home from my sister’s hen do and that makes me soppy. It is in fact a very gritty, very real book that isn’t afraid to tackle proper teenage issues. I loved it.
I’ve got a feeling that most of my blog readers aren’t YA fans like I am. But if you are, you know a teenager looking for a good read or you fancy trying the genre this would be a good start. In fact I’ve read almost of Keris Stainton’s YA books and really enjoyed them all.
Finally I would like to note that I was enjoying this book so much that I willingly missed an episode of Bake Off to finish reading it. In fact I ended up missing two episodes because by the time the following week’s episode was on I’d still not found the time to watch the one I’d missed. And I love Bake Off and get annoyed when I can’t watch it. I did enjoy watching two episodes back to back though. I enjoyed Counting Stars more.