Title: All it takes
Author: Sadie Munroe
Published June 30th 2015
Source: eARC from the publisher through NetGalley
Nineteen-year-old Star Collins never intended to return to her hometown, Avenue. That part of her life ended when she was nine years old, and child services took her away from her hoarder mother. Her mother chose her stuff over her daughter. That part of her life was supposed to be in the past.
But her mother has just passed away and Star finds herself giving up her summer to quietly clean out her old home. She just wants to sell it and move on with her life. However, things aren’t going the way she planned. With her dyed-black hair and tattoos, she’s attracting almost as much attention from the small town residents as Ash Winthrope, the guy who was just released from prison.
All Ash wants is a chance to start over. He screwed up and he knows it, he’s going to have to live with the guilt for the rest of his life. But he’s stuck in Avenue until his parole ends, and no one, not even his own parents, wants anything to do with him. Nearly out of money and completely out of options, Ash takes the only job he can, helping Star haul stuff out of her mother’s house.
Neither of them expects anything to happen between them, or for their lives to change. But sometimes meeting the right person is all it takes.
The first reason I asked for this, was the cover. The second reason I wanted to read this book, was the description (above). I think I just knew that this was a book I would enjoy; and I was right 🙂
I like both Star and Ash; they have their flaws, but they are good people. Star was lucky and had a couple of good friends, and Ash, well, he got Star as a friend when he started to work for her. I kept thinking that someone should have helped Star’s mother before things got to bad, why didn’t anyone do that? Didn’t she have any friends? Why didn’t the childservices help the mother instead of just taking Star away from her mother? Is that really how the system works? I can’t help but think that the system should try to help people.
I felt sorry for Ash, yes he made an (incredible stupid) mistake, but he did his time, how long would people hold it over his head? We’ve all made mistakes, sure not as severe as the one Ash made, but still. Everyone makes mistakes, we should learn from them and try to be better. But to be better, you have to be given the chance to prove that you have changed. Sure, it’s hard to trust people who have made poor choices, but if nobody takes a chance, they will never change. Don’t get me wrong, if you make a bad disicion, you should have to pay for it, but that is what the justicesystem is for. I feel that in this story, the town has judged Ash before he has had a chance, but that is often what society does.
Guess I did have my fair share of thoughts about this book and the topic. Maybe this book would be a good book to discuss? Bookclub anyone?
Has anyone read the book? What did you think about it? And what did you think about how Star’s mother and Ash was treated by society?