Genre: Contemporary / New Adult
Synopsis: Big city, big dreams, no money, no problem…
Six ‘friends’, one flat, big dreams… what could 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) flat 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 although her new life is fun, it’s 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.
200words (or less) review: So here’s the thing about Keris Stainton’s writing – it’s really easy to get completely lost in it and forget to put the book down. This is what has happen with pretty much every single one I’ve read so far. I start, I finish, in one sitting. There is no break in between. Counting Stars was no different.
Anna is set on her new exiting life in Liverpool. Only then the job falls through and she now has to find another something else. She’s got somewhere to stay though, with some interesting people that begin making it into her vlogs.
Counting Stars focuses on all the people that live in the flat, each with their own storyline that connects back, that’s a lot of people to keep track of. I struggled a bit at the start keeping all the storylines straight, as the book continued it became easier because I got to know everyone better.
There is much in Counting Stars but what I think I liked best is that it shows that just turning into a grown-up part well.