Book Review: One Thousand Stars and You. Isabelle Broom



Alice is settling down.  It might not be the adventurous life she once imagined, but more than anything she wants to make everyone happy – her steady boyfriend, her over-protective mother – even if it means a little part of her will always feel stifled.

Max is shaking things up.  After a devastating injury, he is determined to prove himself.  To find the man beyond the disability, to escape his smothering family and go on an adventure.

A trip to Sri Lanka is Alice’s last hurrah – her chance to throw herself into the heat, chaos and colour of a place thousands of miles from home.

It’s also the moment she meets Max.

Alice doesn’t know it yet but her whole life is about to change.

Max doesn’t know it yet, but he’s the one who’s going to change it.


What I thought

As expected, I absolutely adored this book.  It’s funny, I’m always pretty sure that I’ll enjoy anything that Isabelle Broom writes but every time I’m surprised by just how much I love it.  I’ve previously read and adored A Year and a Day and Then, Now, Always  so I was excited to get into this one.  One Thousand Stars and You had me hooked from the start.  It’s the first book I’ve read in absolutely ages and I couldn’t have picked a better story to get me back into the swing of it.  I was completely transfixed and totally unable to put the book down; I ate my dinner while reading it, walked upstairs to check on the kids reading it and had the entire thing finished within a few short hours.  I even had that experience that book lovers know all too well – the one where you’re desperate to see what happens but don’t want the story to end at the same time.  It’s an emotional roller coaster this reading business!

One Thousand Stars and You was everything I’d hoped it would be and so much more.  I found the characters or Alice and Max to be so relatable, I loved them both instantly and wanted them to get together from the very beginning.  I was completely sucked into the story and felt every emotion with them; the way Isabelle Broom writes makes you feel like you’re actually there in Sri Lanka joining in all the fun.  I loved how Alice and Max seemed to have an instant connection and how she was desperate to protect and comfort him even though she had only known him for a short time.  There were a few twists and turns which were completely unexpected but they only served to make the story better.  It couldn’t have been easier to completely lose myself in this story – I’ll be honest, I was slightly gutted when it finished – and it was the perfect book to curl up and shut out the world with.  I definitely think One Thousand Stars and You is the perfect candidate for a sequel, I’d love to catch up with Alice and Max and see where they’ve ended up.

If you want to read One Thousand Stars and You for yourself, you can find it here.

Next on my list

Paige Toon – Five Years From Now.

I’ve had this since my birthday in August and haven’t gotten around to reading it yet so it’s definitely next on the hit list.  I always enjoy Paige Toons books – I’ve reviewed one here so I’m really looking forward to this one.  I’ve got a massive pile to work my way through before I can justify asking for more for Christmas!

What are you reading this month?  

V x

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