We are not guaranteed anything, not even this life.
Rivers Young is the popular guy untouchable by reality. He is like a star—bright, consuming, otherworldly. The thing about stars, though, is that they eventually fall, and he is no different.
He falls far and he falls hard.
Delilah Bana is the outcast enshrouded in all of life’s ironies. Alone, in the dark, like dusk as it falls on the world. When Rivers hits the ground, she is the night that catches him. In the darkness, they meld into something beautiful that shines like the sun.
Only, the greater the star is, the shorter its lifespan.
Unlit Star by Lindy Zart is one of my favorite young adult books! It throws you into a journey of self discovery along with Rivers and Delilah, our main characters. I honestly don’t have enough words to describe the strength projected in this story, but I’ll definitely try for your sake!
They have known each other for a really long time, since they lived in the same town and went to school together. Rivers had a boating accident where he was left with tons of scars and barely able to walk. Being a popular and handsome guy, this situation throws him into a massive depression.
Delilah who has known tragedy from a really young age, puts her mind on helping Rivers overcome this. When she runs into his mom, who’s looking for a cleaning lady, she gives her an immediate yes and goes to his house to stay with him while his mom and stepfather go to visit some family.
During these 10 days, they go through a rollercoaster of emotions (and so does the reader!). Delilah gifts Rivers the desire to be a person again and to know that there is a future for him waiting out there. He obviously appreciates this blessing life has given him in the form of Delilah Bana. They fall really hard for each other.
However, most often then not, we don’t get happily ever afters in real life. So don’t expect one in this story. I’m fully warning you. Get those handkerchiefs out and have them on call while you read this book. You’ll thank me later!
I love this story for young adults, cause it gives you a glimpse of first love and the power it has on someone’s life. Love changes all your decisions and opens your eyes to a whole other perspective. Sometimes it can be toxic, but sometimes it can be amazingly beautiful and the best thing it can happen to you regardless of the pain it may cause.
If you’re looking for another romantic story with a not so happy ending be sure to check my review on The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.