Where The Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah
"When I knew my mother would be dead in a few months, I had two choices..." She looked at him. "I could distance myself from the pain or get closer to it. Maybe because I'd lost my dad without getting a chance to tell him what he meant to me, I decided to get closer. I got so close, her pain and fear were my own. We shared everything and loved each other like we never had when death was some distant thing. In the end, part of me died with her. I'm not recovered from it even now, but I made the conscious choice to enter the darkness with her. Everyone I know who's lost someone they love has voiced regrets -- they wish they'd done this or that or loved them more. I have no regrets. None."
Well this book got me right in the feels. It's absolutely beautiful. The debut authors are bringing their A game this month and I am 100% here for it. This was another one that I settled in to late last night and wound up reading in to the wee hours of this morning. I absolutely loved how Glendy Vanderah incorporated nature in to the story (think Where the Crawdads Sing but instead of the marsh you are in a forest) and Ursa stole my heart. I was super excited about this one since it has been called a modern day Snow Child (which is one of my favorites). I can see the similarities, but honestly this story was completely original.I was so enchanted by eight year old Ursa (who shows up on a researcher's door step one dark night in the middle of the woods) and related to Jo so much as she navigates the grief she was encompassed in over losing her parents. Then there was Gabe...his strong, quiet presence and his uncertainty at how to cope with the outside world even though he desperately wanted to was just so beautifully written. You will gasp, you will fight back tears, you will be afraid, and then you will rejoice.... all in a span of a few hours.
Thank you Mrs. Vanderah for this incredible reading experience and for creating such memorable, enchanting characters. Where The Forest Meets the Stars is now in book stores every where! Many thanks to Amazon publishers for providing a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. 4.5 stars.