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Elaine Pinter lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband and son. When she’s not hanging out with them, she’s jotting down ideas for her next novel in the tattered notebook she carries everywhere.
Her writing journey began in June of 2012 when a reading spree set off an unexpected chain of events. After poring over the pages, her own ideas began to appear and she found herself glued to her laptop after her family went to bed every evening. In January of 2013, her first young adult romance, Eternal Mercury, was published. The late nights continued and Between the Starlight was published almost three years after that very first keystroke.
She’s one of those hopeless romantics who believes love always wins and that the best stories are the ones that drag you through the tears and reward you with a smile when all the pieces fit together perfectly in the end.
on Jan. 21, 2016 :
Alexa is a sweet and funny albeit very clumsy and a little bit naïve girl who does not really believe in car maintenance. So when she hears her car making a noise she simple cranks up the volume of her radio and sings along. When Alexa’s car finally breaks down in the middle of an intersection there is Gavin, a boy from school who comes to her rescue and pushes it to an empty parking lot. She never really paid him a lot of attention at school but now she immediately does take in his crooked smile and kind eyes. After she returns home she wonders why she never even thought about calling her boyfriend. This incident and the senior paper assignment she has to make with her reflections about the person she was over the last 4 years make her think about her life and that nagging feeling she has that she’s missing something. It makes her want to become a new Alexa. I really liked this forceful new Alexa who takes things into her own hands. She commits herself to returning the favour and helping Gavin so that he can graduate. Her life is really on the right path, the only glitch is that she wants to express her words of love to the person who rejects love. Sometimes a person then really has to be put on the spot. There comes a moment that really defines the rest of the story and it becomes clear that you just have to stay on your true path in life, whatever that is. It’s an important lesson to be learned that it might be difficult and hard but the curveballs thrown at you will lead you in the right direction.
I really liked the characters of Alexa and Gavin and Gavin’s family, especially Gran. The dynamics worked well but I loved the first part of the book better than the last part. What was happening was all a bit hard to comprehend and see before my eyes. It was also a bit repetitive and I did not really feel as much emotion for what I wanted to happen finally, than I would have liked. I thought I would be rooting for one side or another but I was stuck in the middle also. I did like the ending though, it was fitting and I would not have wanted it any other way.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)