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Monday, May 20, 2019

PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ: As Far As the Stars by Virginia MacGregor

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're shining the PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY SPOTLIGHT on a title COMING SOON to a bookstore shelf near you via Harper 360!  It's a Young Adult novel that deals with LIFE, LOVE, FAMILY, and TRAGEDY.  There's never a good time to lose someone you love, or even potentially lose them, but when there are so many WHAT IFs left to answer, so many unknowns to ponder, it can make it THAT much harder to come to terms with. What you're about to embark on is a journey, not about miles, or even about the places, but about the people...those that are with us, and those we CARRY with us, all our days.  Ready or not, here comes today's book of choice...

Virginia MacGregor

About the book...
Christopher is the sort of guy that no one notices, yet when Air catches sight of him making intricate paper birds in the airport, she can’t look away.

But their worlds are about to collide in ways they never expected. Someone they love is on Flight 0217 from London Heathrow. And it’s missing.

Convinced that her brother was on a different flight, Air drives them hundreds of miles across the country, on a trip that will change their lives forever.

But how do you tell the person you’re falling for that you might just be the reason their life has fallen apart?

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At first read, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it.  I was intrigued...and curious...but I wasn't certain exactly where we were going with everything.  I mean, it's a fairly lengthy book...the ARC was 430 pages...and to already be in the supposed thick of things, I was having a hard time fathoming just what we'd be "doing" for the rest of the story.  Were we covering up the big OH NO of it all until acceptance set in, or was there really a chance for things to be not so heartbreaking?  So, I read on...

It took me until I was finished to really form an opinion on this one.  I had to see if my suspicions were true, if the journey was worth the page count...and while truthfully it still felt a bit drawn out, it WAS good. It felt real...or as real as something like this can be experienced from the outside. Tragedy doesn't care who you are, or the promises you've made, nor how the lives of those left behind will change, because they WILL change inevitably.  The bigger piece is how we adjust to those we choose to carry on, and how we take that piece of those no longer here with us through our days.  Christopher and Air form a bond that can't be broken, though it is tested time and time again, and while they'd much rather have those that are currently lost in their arms, the connection they've made will help them pull through the darkness into the light...and as far as the stars.

A beautiful story filled with tragedy AND light fit for Young Adult audiences in their teens and beyond.

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About the author...

Virginia Macgregor

Virginia Macgregor is currently Head of Creative Writing at Wellington College. Her debut novel WHAT MILO SAW was published by Sphere in hardback in July 2014 to rave reviews. Sphere have just signed a deal for two further adult novels from Virginia, to be published in 2017 and 2018.


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Special thanks to Meredith at HarperCollins Publishers for the ARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to celebrate its BOOK BIRTHDAY May 21st, 2019 (as of this post) via Harper 360, so mark your calendar or pre order your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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