to the stars book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Almost one-third of women have been sexually or physically abused by their spouse or significant other at some point in their life. To the Stars by Molly McAdams gives the reader a look into one of these abusive situations, as well as how one decision can change the outcome of your life.

When Knox–being 18 years old–finds out that the girl he wants to be with, Harlow, is 15 years old, he promises to her that he will wait for her until she turns 18. However, from Harlow’s perspective, two and a half years is a long time for him to have to wait. She doesn’t want him to miss out on having fun during college. Although Knox is a constant in Harlow’s life from that point forward, they pursue their own lives, only seeing each other once or twice a month, but talking on the phone every day. Unfortunately, when Harlow turns 18, her heart is with someone else and she doesn’t choose Knox.

Four years later, Harlow regrets this decision every single day. And although Knox seems fine, he has been trying to fill the void that she left since the day she told him that she hadn’t waited for him. However, when they come into each other’s lives again, can he save her from the monster in her life? Will they ever truly make it back to each other?

As I previously said, this book gives you a look into the terror felt by an abuse victim. There were portions of this novel that were really difficult to read. Not because they were badly written but because the subject matter was so intense. However, the situations is portrayed very accurately and McAdams has a talent for giving enough information and details to help immerse you into the story line–but not too many as to make it distracting.

The book is written in sections of different time periods, as well as from the perspectives of both Knox and Harlow. I loved being able to understand events from both of their perspectives and thought this added a greater depth to the story.

In my mind, there weren’t any negatives to this book. I was interested all through the novel, and even though the subject matter was difficult, it was still an amazing read. Harlow and Knox were very complex, strong characters, and McAdams portrayed the chemistry between them seamlessly. She is definitely a talented writer!

I would most definitely recommend this novel and look forward to reading others by McAdams.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.