Soaring Through Stars by Rajdeep Paulus

Soaring Through StarsSoaring Through Stars by Rajdeep Paulus

Publication Date: April 23, 2015 by Birch House Press

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

[Special thanks to Raj for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

“I live in the in between. Between holding on and letting go. Hurt clings to me. Hope teases me. Home. I can’t explain it, but sometimes, I just want to go home.”

Talia and Jesse Vanderbilt have escaped a childhood full of abuse, and when they have a chance to put their father behind bars, setbacks arise from every direction. The siblings can’t help but consider the option to walk away and move on with their lives.

Then someone unexpected brings his own secrets, forcing the Vanderbilt teens to revisit their pasts and rethink their plans. Through it all, Lagan and Talia’s Post-it love story blossoms, while Jesse and Summer hit roadblocks.

From the award-winning author of Swimming Through Clouds and Seeing Through Stones comes a powerful story of freedom and belonging in this final book of the young adult trilogy that began with an invitation on a little Post-it note.


That is my first reaction upon knowing that Swimming Through Clouds and Seeing Through Stones do not make up a duology. There is actually a third book! And look at that cover!!! ❤

To cut it short, I was really excited for this book, and I think that’s where the problem lies.

I expected too much. Again.

The first three quarters were enough to make me want to read more, but the happenings weren’t as exciting as the first two books. Maybe because all they need to do is put Talia’s father in jail to keep him from bothering them ever again.

Even if the first three quarters were not what I expected them to be, the fourth quarter raised the initial rating.

As I think about the story, I try to reminisce what Talia and her brother, Jesse, had been through. They deserved justice, and all throughout the book, Talia has been thinking of that.

I’m glad that there was a new character introduced, and that new character brought significant changes that I loved.

There was also a short backstory about Talia’s father, and how he became the person that Talia and Jesse wouldn’t want to call their father.

Overall, I liked it. Especially the ending. Lagan is really sweet. ❤

Soaring Through Stars is a story of finding peace even after the most destructive of storms. It tells us that a simple sticky note can be the sun that shines over the horizon when given with a smile and a real intention to help. I admire the strength of Talia, Jesse, and everyone else who were brave enough to help them. Nice work!


Initial Rating: 3.75

Bonuses: 0.50

Demerits: 0.125


Mileventwelve’s Bookish Song for Soaring Through Stars:

Shooting Star by Owl City

“Way up in the air, you’re finally free…”

I imagine Lagan singing this to Talia, after the book ended. It’s a song of triumph, of victory, and I’m glad Talia finally got the peace she wanted right from the start.

Final Rating: 4.13/5

Shine like stars in the darkest of times.

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