Title: The Sound of Shooting Stars
Author: Heather Allen
Genre: Contemporary YA
Publication Date: 11 November 2013
Event organized by: Into the Night Reviews
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Jamie Grey grew up tossed around between foster homes. At an early age he shut the world out, deciding he wouldn’t care. Whatever life had to throw at him, he would look the other way. Now his senior year is about to start and he’s been forced into yet another new home. This will be the last time, he assures himself. When an unexpected curveball comes his way in the form of a certain stubborn seventeen year old girl, Jamie soon finds out that life doesn’t always work out the way you plan it.
Beckett Chase has been entitled her entire life. Living in the plush landscape of Palm Beach, Florida, she’s never wanted for anything. She’s always taken what and who she wants with no remorse. When she sets her sights on Jamie Grey and she’s met with rejection, her descent from the top begins.
With a twist of events causing Jamie and Beckett’s worlds to collide, will they be able to put aside their differences or will fate intervene offering an entirely different option?
Michelle leans over and whispers, “I think you’re going to like it here.”
We’ll see; the verdict is still out. If we eat like this every night, I might be persuaded. As I shovel the food in, I listen to Michelle catch up with her college friend, learning that Marla is an interior decorator and her husband is a lawyer. After a while I tune them out and focus on eating. This is my usual response to food because I never know when I’ll have my next meal.
After dinner, Marla directs us to a broad room stretching the length of the back of the house. It’s fitted with large brick-red tiles and decorated with fancy white furniture. Michelle guides me to a long couch. I sink in relishing the softness of the cushions. I could probably fall asleep right here. Marla continues talking to Michelle as if we didn’t change locations. After a while, she diverts her attention to me and mentions school. My ears perk up and I turn my attention to her animated expression. She mentions that I will go to school with her daughter.
As she mentions this a petite girl rushes in, fury across her features. My eyes meet hers and I can’t tear my gaze away. Her sandy blonde hair is piled up on top of her head and her intense blue eyes transfix me. A small speckling of freckles crosses her nose reminding me of the stars that dot the sky.
Marla exclaims to her, “You finally woke up.”
She gets up and reaches out to the girl. Then she tells her, “Beckett, this is Jamie Grey and Michelle Ames, his case worker.”
Beckett moves her stare to Michelle and forms her lips in the worst excuse for a smile that I have ever seen. In that moment I can see the shallowness emanating from her.
Michelle smiles warmly and gushes, “It’s nice to meet you Beckett. I’m so happy to finally put a face with the stories. Your mom and I went to college together and here we are finally able to reunite.”
Her mom whispers something to her and she seems to wince briefly. Then she mutters, “It’s nice to meet you.”
I look over at Michelle trying to send her a message with my look. She can’t possibly leave me here with this chick. I get up after Michelle gives me her own look and step forward quietly stating, “Hi Beckett, nice to meet you.”
I reach out deciding I’ll play with her. Obviously she thinks she’s too good to have me in her house. I reach out to shake her hand but she flinches back as soon as I touch her fingers.
I turn away as Marla announces, “Okay, you two have a seat for the ground rules.”
I sit back down and watch as Beckett sits across the room from me. I stare at her the whole time hoping to make her feel as uncomfortable as possible. Her mom rushes on about school and curfews but I continue to stare. Beckett looks down; obviously my intention is getting through. This is the last place I belong but I refuse to let a spoiled brat think she can push me around. I think Michelle and I need to have a talk about a new home. I thought I could live anywhere for a year but with Beckett Chase, definitely not.
About the Author
Heather Allen is the author of The Just Breathe Trilogy, and newly released- The Sound of Shooting Stars. Heather finally realized her dream of becoming an author only recently with her mermaid trilogy. She savors every moment on this new journey and the wonderful friends she has met along the way. She has many more books planned. More ideas pop up than she has time to write about.
Heather currently resides in the scorching hot state of Florida with her husband and three children. She holds degrees in education from The University of Central Florida and Nova Southeastern University. She is a hopeless romantic who loves to read just about anything, coffee and Jelly Belly jellybeans. When she isn’t teaching, writing or reading, Heather can be found at the beach or out on the water boating.