Book Review - Counting Stars by Keris Stainton
Counting Stars* - Keris Stainton
A new life in a new city - would could possibly go wrong?
When eighteen-year-old Anna leaves school and moves to Liverpool, she feels like her life is finally beginning. She's landed her dream job at a theatre, and she's moving into an exciting (if not slightly run-down) house share on a buzzing street lined with shops, bars, and buskers. Best of all, her new flatmates are kind, welcoming and a lot of fun - what more could she ask for?
But her new life is also a little overwhelming. Anna's job quickly falls through, and then she realises that although her new friends are great, they're also a little mixed-up... and it's not long before Anna starts using her blog to talk about her experiences, from the hilarious to the ridiculous to the little-bit-scary. But when Anna spills a bigger secret than she can handle, suddenly the consequences are all too real. She'll have to prove she has the mettle to make it in the big city, or risk losing everything she thinks she wants.
Every time I opened this book to read it and saw the front cover on my kindle I couldn't help but sing that One Republic song of the same name "We'll be, We'll be counting stttttaaarrrsss" Even now writing this post it's all that I've got running through my head, so sorry if you get it stuck in your head all day now too!
As soon as I saw the premise for this book I knew I had to read it. I loved that it was set in the UK and that it was a coming of age story but with a bit of a twist, I read the story in a couple of days and I can't rave about it enough.
I have to first off say how much I loved that the book was set in Liverpool, I've never read a book set there before and I have always wanted to visit and I just felt like Keris painted such a cool, beautiful picture of the City and I felt like it brought so much character to the story too.
The book takes place around the main character Anna and how she rejects university life to follow her passion to work in a theatre, her plan, well her plan doesn't work out at all really and we get to follow her trying to figure out where she wants her life to go and what she wants to do next.
I really connected with Anna as I chose not to go to University too and to do something else and I could completely relate to that sense of everyone around you having a plan and you just sort of waiting for something to happen. I thought it was a really realistic portrayal of being that age and just sort of being a bit confused by everything. It was also so sweet and funny too and I just loved all the supporting characters as they brought so much to Anna's story.
There is a Vlogging thread that runs through the story as well, which I found so interesting I have read quite a few books that have tried to incorporate the whole blogging/vlogging/social media culture in their stories lately and sometimes it just comes off as clunky and try-hard but I found this to be really naturally weaved into the story and it felt like the author knew what she was talking about.
Also, maybe its just because I have an obsessively large love for Friends and try and relate every situation in life to a friends episode (Every story in my life ends with, 'Seriously it was like the episode of Friends when...') but I really felt that their was a cool Friends vibe going on in the book, the whole boy/girl flat share (OK, I know they didn't flatshare in Friends but they all lived in Monica's apartment like 23 hours out of a day, right?) and there was a definite will they/won't they thing going on at points in the book too. So as you can imagine any Friends similarities made me just fall in love with the book even more.
I really, really loved this book. It's fun and light but it really connects with you and I think you will fall in love with the story just like I have.
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