Rated Reads

And All the Stars

by Andrea K. Host

Rated: High

Maddie’s life in Sydney had orbited around one thing: her art. On her way to paint a portrait of her cousin, however, the world as she knows it comes to an end. In one blinding moment, Sydney is blanketed in a shower of … dust. The dust is only the beginning in this end-of-the-world story that will require Maddie to learn the meaning of true friendship and face the kind of challenge that you only ever see in late-night movies.

Welcome to one of the most bizarre and enjoyable books I have read in a long time. Part “War of the Worlds,” part “Red Dawn,” I don’t want to tell you any more about it so I don’t spoil it, but dang are there some crazy and creative pieces to this book. Just know it is an alien invasion story, a love story, a wow-that-is-a-serious-plot-twist story. With a quirky cast of characters, And All the Stars moves right along as Maddie and those she meets figure out what on earth is happening and what a bunch of teenagers can possibly do about it.

Plus, look at that cover. Amazing, right?

I was so surprisingly entertained by this one.

Rated: High for six uses of strong language, several uses of moderate and mild language, plus some teenage sex that is vaguely descriptive.

— Reviewed by Corinne Edwards

Corinne Edwards is always happiest when a book is in her hand. If her current read needs to be closed for a short time, either in her backpack while she leads her three rambunctious children on adventures, or on her nightstand while she sleeps, that's okay too. Her book thoughts and reviews land at her bookish blog, The Book Nest.

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  • And All the Stars
  • by Andrea K. Host
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Young adult
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