Ever since her mother walked out, Trix McCabe has been determined to make it on her own. And with her near-magical gift for pulling valuables off unsuspecting strangers, Trix is confident she has what it takes to survive. Until she’s caught and given a choice: jail time, or go live with her long-lost family in the tiny town of Rocksaw, Kansas.
Trix doesn’t plan to stick around Rocksaw long, but there’s something special about her McCabe relatives that she is drawn to. Her aunt, Mia, bakes pies that seem to cure all ills. Her cousin, Ember, can tell a person’s deepest secret with the touch of a hand. And Trix’s great-aunt takes one look at Trix’s palm and tells her that if she doesn’t put down roots somewhere, she won’t have a future anywhere.
Before long, Trix feels like she might finally belong with this special group of women in this tiny town in Kansas. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she’ll have to decide whether to take a chance on this new life . . . or keep running from the one she’s always known.
With lovable and flawed characters, an evocative setting, and friendships to treasure, A Constellation of Roses is the perfect companion to Miranda Asebedo’s debut novel The Deepest Roots. (via Goodreads)
Title: A Constellation of Roses
Author: Miranda Asebedo
Published: November 5th, 2019 by HarperTeen
Genre: YA Contemporary, Magical Realism
Note: This book deals with scars, depression, suicide, death of a parent, abandonment, and drug abuse.
Review: This book is easily one of my new favorites.
I didn’t really know about A Constellation of Roses going in; I’d honestly never heard of Miranda Asebedo and I don’t normally ever read magical realism. That all being said I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.
Trix, at first, is a rough character. I did find it a little difficult to sympathize with her in the beginning but she grew on me. The novel is very character-driven and I think this helps the reader connect with Trix and the other characters. Trix’s aunts were perfect, with Mia’s compassion and constant understanding with Trix, and Auntie’s always funny one-liners. I loved the character development that we see with Trix’s cousin Ember. Asebedo knows how not only to make you care for the main character but the supporting characters as well – so much so, that they almost don’t even feel like supporting characters.
I loved the love interest, Jasper. I love that he had depth and real emotions, but I especially love that Asebedo didn’t write him as a douchebag-who-turns-soft-for-the-girl. I see that trope too much in YA lit, and it’s old.
I’m not going to lie, I thought A Constellation of Roses was just going to be a 4-star book. It was really good but I constantly kept feeling like it was missing the final push and I didn’t think it was going to happen. Then, it did. The final few chapters really pushed this story right up to 5 stars. I found myself really rooting for Trix, and even getting teary-eyed.
I feel like I’m rambling, but the bottom line is this book was great and I’m going to keep an eye out for more of Miranda’s novels.
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