Beneath Wandering Stars

Beneath Wandering Stars After her soldier brother is horribly wounded in Afghanistan Gabriela must honor the vow she made If anything ever happened to him she would walk the Camino de Santiago through Spain making a pilgr

  • Title: Beneath Wandering Stars
  • Author: Ashlee Cowles
  • ISBN: 9781440595820
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After her soldier brother is horribly wounded in Afghanistan, Gabriela must honor the vow she made If anything ever happened to him, she would walk the Camino de Santiago through Spain, making a pilgrimage in his name The worst part is that the promise stipulates that she must travel with her brother s best friend a boy she has despised all her life Her brother is in aAfter her soldier brother is horribly wounded in Afghanistan, Gabriela must honor the vow she made If anything ever happened to him, she would walk the Camino de Santiago through Spain, making a pilgrimage in his name The worst part is that the promise stipulates that she must travel with her brother s best friend a boy she has despised all her life Her brother is in a coma, and Gabi feels that she has no time to waste, but she is unsure Will she hesitate too long, or risk her own happiness to keep a promise An up close look at the lives of the children of military families, Beneath Wandering Stars takes readers on a journey of love, danger, laughter, and friendship, against all odds.

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    1. Originally posted on A Frolic Through Fiction: afrolicthroughfiction.wordpre*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review* I have such mixed feelings about this book. I don’t know how to write this review because this is honestly unlike anything I’ve ever read before. And I’m not sure what to think about that.*takes a deep breath* But I’m about to try.I know what my hesitation is about. Or rather, my uncertainty. This story follows two people who go on a pilgrimage…a [...]

    2. A YA novel about being a military brat. The anguish of having a beloved brother in a coma from a potentially fatal attack. A wide rift between father and daughter on the cusp of adulthood. The book is mostly about the journey but is very thought provoking on many levels. Humanity. What it means. Who are we? Why is there war? And many more questions. But they arise throughout the story in appropriate and easily accessible ways. After all, there's no need for 10 dollar words to contemplate our liv [...]

    3. Actual rating: 4.5 (though I'm super tempted to rate this up)This is the YA travel book I've been craving since I finished Gayle Forman's Just One Day duology! And omg there's love-hate girl+brother's best friend romance okayyyy

    4. I really enjoyed this book. I was heart-warming and comforting. I loved Gabi and how she found herself through a pilgrimage for her brother. (The family relationships in the story are so strong and developed, despite spending much of the time focused on Gabi). I also loved how Gabi and Seth's relationship developed realistically over the course of the story.

    5. I got an ARC of this and was intrigued, because I had visited Santiago de Compostela back in 2011 on a pilgrimage. This book was FANTASTIC. People with or without faith can relate to everything Gabi feels as she walks for her brother. Suffering and joy, life and death: these are huge concepts that all people grapple with and try to understand. The author delivered such wisdom without being preachy, and made a realistic ending. LOVED IT!

    6. I loved this well-written YA book that explored complex characters, military life, & a their life-changing trek to honor a brother & best friend. And of course I loved the romantic chemistry between Seth & Gabriela. All around amazing read.

    7. Almost passed this one over but really glad I didn't. Just a good read about finding oneself and traveling.

    8. This book was incredible from start to finish. Potential review in a few days! (Or later today, perhaps.)Happy reading!

    9. Beneath Wandering Stars is a decent three star book. I really enjoyed the character of Gabriela. Her background as a ''military brat" was really relatable as my family moved around a lot, and it can be hard sometimes. Add on to that the fact that her brother is in a coma and might not come out, that was just a heartbreaker. The story is well written for the most part. Following Gabriela through Spain was really great. The food descriptions combined with all of the little details about the villag [...]

    10. Beneath Wandering Stars completely captured my attention. This book is a blend of literary fiction and contemporary YA that will be thoroughly enjoyable to readers from both genres. The tension arrives in the first pages and never loses momentum while the author layers in beautiful language, homage to classic literature, and a unique and deep perspective on experiencing foreign culture.Gabriel Santiago stands out among YA heroines as a fully realized character with an expertly crafted heritage, [...]

    11. This book is special. This is not hyperbole. A lot of recent YA seems fall to two extremes: unrelenting bleak "realism", or pure escapism (which is often disguised as "bleak" realism, but that's another post). BENEATH WANDERING STARS achieves something rare. It strikes a compelling balance between the two. Gabi, a 17-year-old military brat who's sick of life on the base in Germany, looks forward to graduating and heading back to Texas for college with her old friend group. But a family crisis in [...]

    12. I read this book with a tiny bit of knowledge about el camino de Santiago in northern Spain, mainly because of the movie The Way. But new author Ashlee Cowles brings it home--the idea of making a pilgrimage becomes more and more attractive as the story progresses. And walking the camino is now on my bucket list, thanks to Beneath Wandering Stars. High schooler and army brat Gabi is tired of her rootless life. All she wants is her father's trust back and a normal life with a normal boyfriend. But [...]

    13. This is one of my favorite YA novels I have ever read. I know I say that I loath young adult novels, this book might have just made me change my mind. The writing this book is spectacular. I am unsure words can express my feelings about this wonderful novel. This is a novel that is centered around being a military brat. I love this concept because I like near bases and have friends that were military brats. This books starts out with the pain of having a loved one in a coma. The main characters [...]

    14. Thank you to MeritPress for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a review. Beneath Wandering Stars was an okay book. It wasn't bad, but it didn't stand out to me in any big way. It was a different kind of book because it focused on the pilgrimage of the main character, something that isn't seen frequently in YA books. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this book because it was different. This was a very character driven book, and the plot action served to further characterize Gab [...]

    15. If you have ever read the Iliad or Odyssey this book is for you (Cowles frequently quotes these two works and they shape the characters). If you are allured by the idea of a pilgrimage, or simply a spiritual journey, and all the philosophical reflections that go along with it, this book is for you. If you sympathize with the struggles young soldiers have, or are willing to, this book will deepen your compassion. And, lest you think it is all talk, if you are in the mood for a slow, clean, tender [...]

    16. This book is beautifully written and hard to put down. It has been a couple days since I finished reading Beneath Wandering Stars and I find myself missing it. Truly the sign of a good book, like a new found friend come and gone too quick. That feeling of being lifted higher by the story and feeling more and more connected with each turning page. I'm thankful for the journey through the pages. Gabi’s adventure, emotions and wise words made me happily pause to reflect on various journeys and le [...]

    17. I received an ARC and read it after my 17 year old daughter. It was a tasty Ambrosia to someone who doesn't eat ambrosia. I read late. I read early. I read all the way up until teaching a drama class, and repeat. My friend in New Zealand had finished walking this Camino a week before and I thought "can such a thing exist" - the camino and this book. It can; it does. I never was a military brat - we sold our last two fighter planes to Australia a few decades back - and the structure of the milita [...]

    18. When you finish a book and wish there was a sequel because you're already missing the characters, you know it's something special. The characters in this book, namely Gabi and Seth, are relatable and likable and completely drive this story. They feel like friends. The writing is superb and strikes a wonderful balance between compelling dialogue, gorgeous descriptions and philosophy/spirituality. The story is simply beautiful and really makes you feel like you're walking right alongside Gabi and [...]

    19. This is a lovely book.Gabriela Santiago and her family must face the possibility that Lucas, Gabi's older brother, may die as a result of terrible war injuries. She embarks on a quest to fulfill her brother's last request: to travel the Camino Santiago in Spain. Complications ensue when Gabi finds she has to make this journey with Seth, a guy she believes is responsible for her brother's wounds.The novel combines elements from Cheryl Strayed's Wild and Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes [...]

    20. This book gave me a new insight into Military kids that added to my understanding of what being a third culture kid is also all about. I've hiked the Camino de Santiago and this book brought back so many crazy and wonderful memories. A pilgramage brings with it a special time to reflect, to think and to examine yourself. It also opens one up to new things. This book captured all those great ways to experience the trek and of being human at a special time in your life when you are passing into ad [...]

    21. This might be the first YA labeled book that reads much more maturely. It was a complete surprise, and a delight. I connected with this book in a lot if levels, and I have no doubt those similarities solidified the 5 stars from me! Having a father who is retired from the Army, I spent a lot of time on bases, experiencing the "brat" life. I love hiking, and everything one learns during those personal adventures For a debut, Ms. Cowles told a beautiful story!

    22. Enjoyed. The dialogue of Seth and Gabi seemed a little 'teenage cliche' which was annoying. Real teenagers don't speak that profoundly or with that much attitude constantly. It was an amazing storyline however.

    23. a beautiful and touching story about a sister who honors her brother and learns about the world and her place in it on her journey. Sweet touching and tear inducing, a great read

    24. Just finished reading this book and it is amazing. As a military "brat", I think this author did a wonderful job on connecting with me. #HOOAH

    25. **this review contains spoilers****please avoid this review if you do not want spoilers, thank you**"Beneath Wandering Stars" is like a YA-novel-version of "Eat, Pray, Love" -- only without the level of spiritual growth. The book features a blatant disregard for medical realities of traumatic brain injuries and combat wounds, and pins the protagonist's moral hardships on issues surrounding the U.S.-led wars against Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.The novel is told from the point of view of Gabrie [...]

    26. I was drawn to this book merely because I read Camino de Santiago in the blurb. It's not often you see Spain as the main setting in YA literature, especially not something so specific, and I was immediately curious. To be honest, I was expecting worse because, you know, teen characters, probable no parental supervision, romance and family tragedy. However, I was surprised by how fast the story engaged me and how I flew by it. That's not to say there aren't issues (there are plenty), but all in a [...]

    27. My feelings on this book would best be described by the word “lukewarm.” If you want an easy, relatively simple read, this may be a good choice. It has a lot to say about war, but I found it rather slow paced and much more philosophical than it was full of action. It’s an intriguing read, and I was entertained all the way through. I do think the summary implies a lot more romance than you get with this book, however. Again, this book focuses heavily on ideals and making sense of the world [...]

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