One of my new favorite books is The Star That Always Stays by Anna Rose Johnson. She is a young author who based the book on her family history! The book just came out on July twelfth, and I had the privilege of being a part of Anna Rose’s street team.
The Star That Always Stays is historical fiction. I don’t usually read a lot of books in this genre, but I am so glad I read this one. It is a sweet story, and the historical details are well researched. The book is about fourteen-year-old Norvia, whose mother marries a wealthy man and her family moves into his home. When Norvia is given the opportunity to attend high school, she is thrilled at the idea of more learning, as well as making friends and being popular like the heroines in the books she reads. Throughout the book, there are family times, school events, and lessons learned.
Norvia is a sweet character and very well written. Throughout the course of the story, she tries to figure out how to fit in and be liked by those at her school. She learns that you don’t have to try to be someone you’re not just so people will like you. By the end of the story, Norvia decides to just be herself and not worry about being popular.
Something I noticed about The Star That Always Stays is how Norvia reads lots of books and compares herself to the characters. Anne from Anne of Green Gables. Patty from Patty Fairfield. Sara Crewe from The Little Princess. I used to do this too, and I thought it was interesting how Norvia learns one or two things by doing so.
The Star That Always Stays is written in a way similar to Anne of Green Gables or Little Women. If you like either of those, I know you’ll enjoy this book! Some of the themes are family, being a good friend, and learning to find joy in difficult times. That’s not always easy to do, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about lately. Even if things are hard, there’s usually something to be joyful about, and I think Anna Rose did a wonderful job portraying that.
The Star That Always Stays is a lovely book for a family read aloud or sitting on the porch swing on a summer day, reading with your kitty.