How a Star Falls (Unabridged)
by Amber Stokes
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How does a star fall? Quickly. Completely. Unexpectedly. Derrick Knolane escapes to Trinidad Head most evenings, avoiding his apartment and planning for the day he'll break free of Humboldt County. Working in a music store might be fine for a while, but it's far from the goal he had in mind when he got his college degree. Not to mention the fact that his roommate is a jerk and his family won't stop trying to run his life. Then Brielle falls into his world. She claims to be a star. Not from Hollywood, but from heaven. He thinks she's crazy. Certainly delusional. Yet, he can't just leave her alone on the cliffs. So he takes her home. And his whole world falls apart. A heartfelt and fanciful contemporary romance novella, How a Star Falls explores the uncertain season of new adulthood and shows that sometimes the worst inconveniences make for the best miracles of all.
A Delightful Novella!
I loved this story! It is a unique, delightful story unlike anything else I've ever read. The premise was so fun! I haven't read much NA fiction in the past, but I found myself relating to so many of the character's struggles in this book! I have been a fan of Amber's writing since she released Bleeding Heart, and really looked forward to reading How a Star Falls since before its release, I'm so happy I finally made time to read it! As well as reading the Kindle version I also listened to the audiobook version, the narration added so much to it, I was swept even further into the amazing world of the story. A world I did not want to leave! It was also wonderful to get to hear Derrick's voice telling the story.
I highly recommend this book, and if you enjoy audiobooks you should definitely pick up an audio copy of this one, the narrator makes the story come even more vividly to life! Amber Stokes has crafted another winner with How a Star Falls and I simply cannot wait to read any and all of her future releases!
I received a complimentary audiobook copy of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review. Which I have done. My review was not required to be positive, all thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own!
I usually only read historical fiction or historical non-fiction. I know...I need to branch out a little. I was happily surprised to realize that I do enjoy contemporary fiction when it's written right. Amber Stokes totally nailed it. =)
The story revolves around a twenty-four year old young man, Derrick. He's a really good and kind guy, but his life isn't what he imagined it to be. He works at a music store, has a jerk of a roommate, and feels that his family is trying to run his life. Then he meets a girl named Brielle who claims to be a star...a star from the sky. He thinks she's crazy, but he can't just leave her all alone on the dark cliffs. He takes care of her, and that's when his world changes.
I was very impressed by Amber's writing. Her descriptions are wonderful! She's a master of describing the simple things like salty french fries, to the beauty of the pacific northwest. Also, Owl City + the ocean + dancing = sweetness overload in one scene. I also love that Amber wrote this story based on her home county. Her descriptions of Humboldt County were so dang good.
I really enjoyed listening to it as an audiobook. It's a nice length of 2 hours, which was a fun way to pass a car drive the other day. The narrator, Patrick Mahaney, did a nice job. He definitely was Derrick!
I'm looking forward to reading/listening to more of Amber Stokes' writings in the future!
A lovely romantic story!
I rarely listen to audiobooks anymore (I listened to quite a few when I was little), but I was excited for a chance to listen to How a Star Falls and review it. I loved the story and thought it was a very cute romance. I also loved that it was a story of young adulthood and how Amber perfectly captured how things don’t always turn out the way you dreamed when you were young, but it can still lead to a bright and even better future. Getting to listen to it was a real treat. The narrator did a fine job in bringing to life the story’s main character, Derrick. It was so much fun to get to hear his voice in this way. I highly recommend checking it out, especially if you haven’t read the story before. It’s not too long, about two hours. Perfect to listen to if you’re sitting down to a craft project or something like I was when I listened to it.