Drowning in Stars
… he walked a tightrope five stories up just to hold my hand.Gaze: I moved into the building next to Pixie when I was eleven. She blew bubbles through my window. I shot my Nerf gun through hers. We both had secrets, but one of us was fated to get hurt. I wanted it to be me.Pixie: When I was afraid of the dark, he would shine a light in my window. We shared our popsicles and I taught him how to get a good swing on the playground. I never imagined I’d have to decide who got to live and who didn’t. I chose him --and he could never know.She walked a tightrope five stories up just to save my life…★☆★ Drowning in Stars is a full 100k standalone. ★☆★

Drowning in Stars Details

TitleDrowning in Stars
Author
ReleaseAug 9th, 2020
Rating
GenreRomance, Young Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Sociology, Abuse, High School, New Adult, Fiction, New Adult Romance

Drowning in Stars Review

  • Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARS.If this book was a person, I would like to hug it tightly. 😭❤Pixie and Gaze met on her 12th birthday, when Pixie blew baubles from her window into his bed room - and that is how a strong and brave friendship started between the two little neighbors. ❤📚 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐆𝐚𝐳𝐞. 𝐇𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐚 𝐛𝐮𝐛𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐠𝐮𝐧 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲. 📚They were two broken 12-year-olds who found solace in each other. They don't live in the best area of the city and their living conditions are not amazing: Pixie's mother works three 3.5 STARS.If this book was a person, I would like to hug it tightly. 😭❤Pixie and Gaze met on her 12th birthday, when Pixie blew baubles from her window into his bed room - and that is how a strong and brave friendship started between the two little neighbors. ❤📚 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐆𝐚𝐳𝐞. 𝐇𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐚 𝐛𝐮𝐛𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐠𝐮𝐧 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲. 📚They were two broken 12-year-olds who found solace in each other. They don't live in the best area of the city and their living conditions are not amazing: Pixie's mother works three jobs and is barely home, and Gaze's father is a drunk, violent and vicious man... but despite the difficulties and loneliness, Gaze and Pixie have each other, and that's enough. 😍She's afraid of the dark and his window is always open for her... and he's the new kid in the neighborhood she welcomes with open arms and protects from the bullies.But after the summer vacation ends and they start school - they face a big crisis, one that changes their lives forever. 💔😭📚 “𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐞. 𝐈 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮.” 📚This is a heartbreaking, moving and sweet YA book. It does not have a lot of sexual scenes, but it's definitely not suitable for teens. The first half of the book describes their childhood and the second half is after they matured (a little) more, and in high school. 😱⭐I loved Pixie's character so much! Usually, the girl is the one who needs someone to save her, but it was the other way around - as a child, Pixie was taller than a Gaze and she was the one who "saved him". She is a true warrior, always seeking for justice, full of compassion and feisty... It hurt me to see what happened to her and how she changed as she grew up. 💔💔💔 📚 𝐒𝐡𝐞’𝐝 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐛𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐨. 𝐈 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥. 📚But ... there were parts I did not like:I love love stories that start from childhood - but here, it felt too much. I wanted them more "mature". Their story as 12-year-olds was too long for a romance book for me... but when they finally grew up - everything happened too fast, so I felt there were important things missing along the way (like the connection between them, which simply "was", not "built" as I expected).Also, there were quite a few parts that I didn't understand. For example: Pixie's mother behavior... the policeman, who is supposedly care for her, but did not even try to ask her what she went through... The technical ease of the solution - is it seriously so easy to move as a minor? and get an approval from a social worker?? And Ashlin - how does it end with her...?? 😬😬😬📚 “𝐘𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐧𝐨 𝐦𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮.” 📚Yet, I enjoyed the book and read it in one sitting - I even shed a few tears (especially when Gaze read the notes in the coffee can). I think this book had a lot of potential, but it was missing something to make it perfect... However, I highly recommend it for anyone who likes love stories that start from childhood. ❤ ▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️📖 ᖴOᒪᒪOᗯ ᗰE Oᑎ IᑎᔕTᗩGᖇᗩᗰ: https://www.instagram.com/the_romanti...📖 ᐯIᔕIT ᗰY ᗷᒪOG ᖴOᖇ ᗰOᖇE ᖇEᐯIEᗯᔕ: https://books-romance.com/📖 GOOᗪᖇEᗩᗪᔕ: https://bit.ly/3acMRMP💕 לקריאת הסקירה בעברית, כנסו לבלוג: https://books-romance.com/ 💕
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 stars “I’ve always only wanted to save you.” It has been so long since I’ve read a Debra Anastasia book and I’m so happy I picked this up! This book gave me all the feels and I loved it. Pixie and Gaze were such strong characters and I adored them both. Pixie and Gaze become neighbors when they were kids and became the best of friends. Pixie was the only good thing in Gaze’s life, and Gaze was one of the best things about Pixie’s. Due to circumstances out of their control, th 4.25 stars “I’ve always only wanted to save you.” It has been so long since I’ve read a Debra Anastasia book and I’m so happy I picked this up! This book gave me all the feels and I loved it. Pixie and Gaze were such strong characters and I adored them both. Pixie and Gaze become neighbors when they were kids and became the best of friends. Pixie was the only good thing in Gaze’s life, and Gaze was one of the best things about Pixie’s. Due to circumstances out of their control, they were separated for a few years and Pixie was left behind, more alone than ever. Eventually, Gaze came back to his Pixie, more determined than ever to make her life better and be to her what she was to him all those years ago. Gaze was the sweetest and most protective guy to Pixie. My heart broke for so much of what they went through but I was grateful they had each other. I loved Pixie and Gaze, and I really truly loved Gaze’s brother, Austin. He was such a fantastic addition to this story. This book had many gut wrenching moments that had me in tears. But it also had moments that made me smile. By the end, I was a happy reader. Anastasia’s writing is fantastic and this had the best kinds of emotions. It wasn’t always an easy read, it was definitely heavy, but I loved it.
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  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Pixie and Gaze. They met on her 12th birthday. They're neighbors. Their bedroom windows are across an alley from each other. They don't live in the best neighborhood. Her mom is working three jobs and his dad is a mean drunk. But Gaze and Pixie have each other. They're enjoying life. Summer will soon be over and school will start. Exciting things and adventures are coming.But the happily ever after makers are not yet ready for those two... What will happen to Pixie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Pixie and Gaze. They met on her 12th birthday. They're neighbors. Their bedroom windows are across an alley from each other. They don't live in the best neighborhood. Her mom is working three jobs and his dad is a mean drunk. But Gaze and Pixie have each other. They're enjoying life. Summer will soon be over and school will start. Exciting things and adventures are coming.But the happily ever after makers are not yet ready for those two... What will happen to Pixie & Gaze?Will there be a HEA?READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT ☺ ════════════════ I was so scared to start reading this. The blurb was way too scary/sad/heartbreaking/vague for my tastes. But I just had to read this book!First of all - beautiful cover!And I loved Gaze and Pixie. They are so adorable and sweet and innocent and it's all so heartbreaking and sad and hard - the way they have to grow up. Ugh. I wanted to jump into the book and adopt them or something.I loved how Pixie knows everything and everyone in the neighborhood. Poor Gaze would've been lost without her in the beginning! Adorable!For the first half of the book we see how those two 12 year olds try to survive everyday life.And then, fast forward a bit, after we kinda barely suvived our early teenage years, we meet again. But their story... it's only just beginning. Ugh! I just loved this book.I can't really say much more than that. I don't want to spoil anything. I want to say so much. I want to tell you ALL THE THINGS!!!It was a beautiful love story.A beautiful and heartbreaking story about two sweet kids from broken homes fighting their way through unimaginable horrors to just survive and then to maybe one day get that happily ever after we sooo want for them.Amazing story! If I had to find some things I didn't love-love? I don't like it when I don't have a real city. I need to imagine a real place in my head. I think it's never actually said that we're in New York - I just imagined it like that in my head - and we go to Poughkeepsie for a bit, so we are in New York. But still. I prefer having a real name. Real cities and places and parks and streets et cetera.And then the two parts of the book. I loved it all. So much. But. I would've preferred to have more of the second part. There was a bit too much children story for my taste. 30% or so of the story would've been enough for their childhood.BUT as I said - I loved this book!DROWNING IN STARS was such a heartbreakingly beautiful kids-YA-coming-of-age-family-drama-love-story!! I just adored Pixie & Gaze! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Gaze - this one is MINE!!! Also - I NEED a spin-off for a certain scarf-wearer! 💜 💜
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  • Wendy'sThoughts
    January 1, 1970
    4 Written With Feels Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeIt seems I have taken a fork in the road and taken another path than the one I usually do. This can be a good thing. I just finished a duet that ripped me apart, in a good complicated way, and with Drowning in Stars, I just completed the first YA book I have read in years. This was angsty and in places intense. It covers situations no children, tweens, teenagers or adults should ever have to experience. All of those issues are looked at along with sh 4 Written With Feels Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeIt seems I have taken a fork in the road and taken another path than the one I usually do. This can be a good thing. I just finished a duet that ripped me apart, in a good complicated way, and with Drowning in Stars, I just completed the first YA book I have read in years. This was angsty and in places intense. It covers situations no children, tweens, teenagers or adults should ever have to experience. All of those issues are looked at along with show the resilience we all can have surviving them. This has sweetness, some lighter moments, and reflects the heart of the author. What struck me to my soul was at the end of the book, there was a letter to our main characters, Pixie and Gaze. It was insightful to how this book came about and how these two people represented and stood tall for those who had confided to the author. The words of encouragement, of understanding, of support, were something so special, they should be shared with all, no matter the age or sex. I said the cover pulled my attention, then the blurb locked me in. They did their job and this is an experience I will remember.~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~ Sometimes You Are Compelled...To Want Something...Things You Normally Don't...I Am Not A Heavy Angst Reader...But When You Have A Cover...That Takes Your Breath Away...Coupled With A Blurb...That Has Already...Broken Your Heart...What Am I Supposed To Do...I Am Supposed...To Take A Risk...And Allow Myself To...Not Be Afraid of... Drowning In Stars-August 9, 2020 Drowning in Stars https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways
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  • Dora Koutsoukou
    January 1, 1970
    3 ❤️💔❤️⭐️sGaze and Pixie’s connection was captivating. They went through hard and tough times and their only life line was their friendship. There were great heartbreaking moments throughout the story which shook me up...The characters and the plot were deeply developed and as much as I wanted to love it I couldn’t, due the writing that didn’t manage to grip me.
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  • 25 Readings Or More
    January 1, 1970
    This book broke my heart in many small pieces. It's not an easy story...The depth of the emotions i felt it was almost painful. I was angry and so damn sad for these two little children/teen and for what they had to endure in their life.I'm not gonna tell you anything about the book, just that Pixie at some point of story gonna make a decision that will save Gaze life and damn hers.... No one should go through that....I'm glad the author choose to not describe certain situations because i could This book broke my heart in many small pieces. It's not an easy story...The depth of the emotions i felt it was almost painful. I was angry and so damn sad for these two little children/teen and for what they had to endure in their life.I'm not gonna tell you anything about the book, just that Pixie at some point of story gonna make a decision that will save Gaze life and damn hers.... No one should go through that....I'm glad the author choose to not describe certain situations because i could have not stand it.But here is the really important thing: for all the evil in the world there is also so much good and love ....And that's what Pixie and Gaze are for each other."𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒆𝒕𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒖𝒔 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒚𝒐𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒔 𝒕𝒆𝒆𝒏𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕".Their bond is unbelievable, and it doesn't matter they are so young, they'd do everything for each other, and they never gave up each other. And at the end that paid them off 'cause they finally had their "happily ever after".*ᵍᵒ ᶜʰᵉᶜᵏ ᵗʰᵉ ᵉᵈⁱᵗˢ ⁱ ᵐᵃᵈᵉ ᵃᵇᵒᵘᵗ ᵗʰⁱˢ ᵇᵒᵒᵏ ᵒⁿ ᵐʸ ⁱⁿˢᵗᵃᵍʳᵃᵐ @25_readings_or_more
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  • MarvelUsReads
    January 1, 1970
    Simply put, wow! Impacted by the depth of emotions that poured through each page. Debra Anastasia beautifully crafted stunning main characters, depicted a perfect story of sacrifice, and most notably true love. Without a doubt, Drowning In Stars is one of our top 10 reads of 2020. For full review: www.marvelusreads.com . Simply put, wow! Impacted by the depth of emotions that poured through each page. Debra Anastasia beautifully crafted stunning main characters, depicted a perfect story of sacrifice, and most notably true love. Without a doubt, Drowning In Stars is one of our top 10 reads of 2020. For full review: www.marvelusreads.com .
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  • Jennifer Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars
  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    4,5  to 5 stars And that’s how I fell in love with Debra Anastasia’s stories for the second time in my life…  When I read Poughkeepsie years ago, I fell in love with that story where the gentle hero reminded me so much or Archer (Archer's Voice) with his sweet and quiet soul. The love story was perfect and it left a lasting impression.  Drowning in stars was a real treat. It was like my own Madeleine de Proust. Reminding me how Debra Anastasia knows how to write about sweet heroes that are n 4,5  to 5 stars And that’s how I fell in love with Debra Anastasia’s stories for the second time in my life…  When I read Poughkeepsie years ago, I fell in love with that story where the gentle hero reminded me so much or Archer (Archer's Voice) with his sweet and quiet soul. The love story was perfect and it left a lasting impression.  Drowning in stars was a real treat. It was like my own Madeleine de Proust. Reminding me how Debra Anastasia knows how to write about sweet heroes that are no less male and fierce protective female characters. She writes with nuances and soft touches that speaks to my soul and move me every time. There is a timelessness in this story. This is sad and sweet, hard and soft, moving and heart lifting at the same time.  We get to follow Pixie Rae when she is twelve, living in a town nearly on her own as her mom is working three jobs to make ends meet. Pixie was such a competent mini adult, managing the books, paying the bills. She knew everyone in her neighborhood and was fierce with her baseball bat! When she meets Gaze he is living in the building in front of her own, same level. He’s just arrived with his father and she’ll take him under her protective wing.Gaze was small and scrawny at twelve. We’ll soon learn that his father is a drunk and beating him.  Debra succeeded in describing the sweet memories of kids used to being poor but living the best summer of their lives while becoming best friends forever. “The mist from the hydrant combined with the angle of the declining sun tossed a rainbow-colored halo above her head. I felt it in my toes. I felt it in a part of my mind that knew my name. Pixie Rae was part of me. I was in love with her. She tugged on my hands to pull me into the full spray and I followed. I was twelve. I would have followed her anywhere.”  But the sweet was intermingled with the sour when we got to witness the hard beating Gaze got from his father. That’s where the author really gave us the harsh reality of beaten kids, their conditioning to expect the worse. And my heart broke for Gaze when he found his salvation… “Will Mike hit us before the cookies?” In the silence that followed my question, the late night crickets took over. “No, man. They don’t hit us. They just love us here.” I swear I was bawling like a baby while walking in the street!  But Debra didn’t stop at that. She reminded us that we sometimes have to endure to protect ourselves, to protect others. In saving Gaze, Pixie will condemn herself… And that part was so HARD!!!!  On the one hand I am extremely grateful that Debra spared me the details as I would never have been able to read them in this story.On the other hand, I wanted to do just what Debra is writing in her author’s notes: “There were plenty of times I bit my tongue. It hurt to write you biting yours, when all I wanted to do was save you. But, you had to show me and everyone else who takes a risk on this book that there is an after or can be an after. A beautiful, forever after that you deserve.”  That story was full of emotions and filled with gorgeous characters. I have a soft spot for the incredible Austin and would love reading a story about him one day.This is close to perfect and I would recommend that book a thousand times if you are not afraid of heavy topics and want emotionally charged love stories with unforgettable characters.  Have you read Debra's books? What did you think of it?  Thanks for reading  Sophie Find me on:Wordpress: Beware Of The ReaderFacebook: Beware Of The Reader Facebook group : Beware Book Boyfriends Alert Instagram: @bewareofthereader Twitter: @BewareOffReader
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  • Shabby -BookBistroBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully penned, colored with tender strokes of freshly blooming love, it's a part coming-of-age, part finding a soulmate story that took me by surprise in its simple dewiness. A broken ramp linking two windows forms a bridge of sorts between Two teens- Pixie Rae & Gaze Jones, sharing the similar life, living situations and future filled with bleakness. They've built their nest five stories above the squalid, dangerous neighborhood they are forced to inhabit. "mostly, we were safe. Sort of Beautifully penned, colored with tender strokes of freshly blooming love, it's a part coming-of-age, part finding a soulmate story that took me by surprise in its simple dewiness. A broken ramp linking two windows forms a bridge of sorts between Two teens- Pixie Rae & Gaze Jones, sharing the similar life, living situations and future filled with bleakness. They've built their nest five stories above the squalid, dangerous neighborhood they are forced to inhabit. "mostly, we were safe. Sort of like we were in a den of rattlesnakes that were hibernating." Holding on to the threads of companionship and friendship to hang on to their dear lives. It's the perfect escape bubble of coffee can notes, a stubborn pigeon "Fat Asshole" and to escape the heat and stink of their poverty, they run around in broken hydrant showers and filthy riversides, forgetting their penury in shared pizzas and melting creamsciles.Page one had me stunned splat. I could feel the dangerous undertones, could sense the impending doom, the inevitable slap of fate which was just sound the cornerThe sheer courage and fiestiness of Pixie was both refreshing and heartening. They take turns playing the savior and in doing so strengthen their bonds. They grow closer as they grow and nothing, not even distance can tear them apartI loved the hopes and small blessings, like Sam, Mike, Ronna and the best of all character- Austin. He's a Fairy Godmother incarnate, complete with lace and makeup.Theres sweetness and there's bitterness in teh same breath. Dark clouds loom over Pixie and Gaze but Debra gives everyone of them a silver lining I enjoyed it immensely. Hope she gives Austin his own book ❤️ 4.5 stars for Families of Heart #BookBistroBlogApproved Follow me on:[email protected]://Twitter.com/BookBistrowww.instagram.com/BookBistroBloghttps://bookbistroblogger.blogspot.com/https://www.facebook.com/groups/BookB...
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  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    January 1, 1970
    4 ⭐'s The blurb sounded intriguing...and dark as is Debra Anastasia's MO. I just never would have imagined that the story that starts off with these two kids would end up with them being in high school. There are a lot of triggers so be prepared, however, I was impressed that Pixie's wasn't detailed so that was a big plus. Pixie and Gaze meet when he moves into the apartment building next door to hers. Their windows are near each other so they start talking and soon enough, Pixie takes him under 4 ⭐'s The blurb sounded intriguing...and dark as is Debra Anastasia's MO. I just never would have imagined that the story that starts off with these two kids would end up with them being in high school. There are a lot of triggers so be prepared, however, I was impressed that Pixie's wasn't detailed so that was a big plus. Pixie and Gaze meet when he moves into the apartment building next door to hers. Their windows are near each other so they start talking and soon enough, Pixie takes him under her wing, showing him all the ropes. Things are wonderful between the two of them but their lives are pretty chaotic. Nevertheless, they make it through two years before everything they knew is ripped away from them. Pixie's maturity and selflessness was amazing but I just hated that she had to suffer so much. After a few years pass, Pixie and Gaze are thrown back together and its sooo sweet. I just loved them together. And I was happy that Gaze got to experience something he sorely needed.It was wonderful how he took care of Pixie even if there were some things I was shocked that he did while they were apart. Their story ends well after some crazy drama. I was left with a few questions but overall, I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed it.
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  • Debra Anastasia
    January 1, 1970
    Debra Anastasia’s writing is imaginary, dark, comedic, and the perfect sexy. Drowning in Stars is the perfect representation of her!— Tijan NYT Bestselling AuthorFull of gut wrenching angst and poignant emotion, Drowning in Stars is a hauntingly beautiful must read.–Helena Hunting NYT Bestselling AuthorI wanted to go find PixieThere was no hiding at my height now. In my next class, Ashlin sidled close. “Hey, you wanted to see Pixie? You’re going to see a lot of her soon.”If she was superman she Debra Anastasia’s writing is imaginary, dark, comedic, and the perfect sexy. Drowning in Stars is the perfect representation of her!— Tijan NYT Bestselling AuthorFull of gut wrenching angst and poignant emotion, Drowning in Stars is a hauntingly beautiful must read.–Helena Hunting NYT Bestselling AuthorI wanted to go find PixieThere was no hiding at my height now. In my next class, Ashlin sidled close. “Hey, you wanted to see Pixie? You’re going to see a lot of her soon.”If she was superman she couldn’t have timed it better because the fire alarm went off. I followed the flow out the door, the teachers closing doors and flicking out lights. I didn’t like how Megan and Ashlin snickered with each other.They gathered near a group of girls that all had their phones out. Their attention was pinned on a door like they were cats ready for a mouse to pop out.It was cold outside. I stood near my last class, but it was more a loose cluster. When the door finally popped open, the fire alarm was starting to give me a headache.The spoils of mean laughter made me grit my teeth. I’d been bullied enough to know that that particular noise was always accompanied by someone else’s pain.Her hair was shorter than when we were kids, but her face was an instant balm to my raw heart. Pixie.But I went from calm to confusion. My normally gutsy Pixie looked like she was trapped in her worst nightmare. She hung her head for a few beats of the alarm. Flashes went off. The crew of girls snapping pictures.Pixie was hugging her body and I realized why with a gasp. She was only in a pair of underwear. She was topless and hugging her breasts as a way to cover herself.I jumped through the kids in front of me, using their shoulders to hold myself up and swing my long legs through. I flat out sprinted to get to Pixie, peeling off my basketball jacket from my old school as I moved. I covered her from the front, pulling the arms behind her back.She looked up in my eyes. Her confusion and relief collided.I slipped my sweat pants off and held them out to her feet. She stuck them in one and at a time and then jumped so I could yank them up the rest of the way.The world swirled around us, blurry and useless. I used the time to cuddle her to me, holding the jacket closed while she wiggled her arms inside. I leaned over her and snapped up the back. She was covered.“Gaze?” She held up her hand, well it was her hand but it was dwarfed by the extra fabric of my long jacket on her. She almost touched my face before squinting. “You can’t be?”I watched as her soul knew what her brain refused to come to terms with.“I am. It’s me and I’m back.”Teachers came into our orbit, asking questions. The snide assholes were there too, but the pictures and video continued, I saw it in my peripheral. I’m sure my boxer briefs were super exciting.Pixie pushed on my chest. “Are you cold?”“No.” It was her. I could still smell her strawberry shampoo and see the small dusting of freckles on the bridge of her nose. They were my own personal constellation that I’ve always wished on a million times.Find : MORE INFOt
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  • Keri Loves Books
    January 1, 1970
    This was a powerful story. It's not your typical romance, it's love in it's purest form. It's beautiful and heart-wrenching. It's about hope and perseverance. It's finding your soul mate when you were twelve and doing whatever is necessary to protect them. A love that developed and grew so effortlessly that it was written in the stars.This was an incredibly moving story of two young people forced to grow up early. Gaze was being raised by an abusive, alcoholic father. Pixie was raising herself s This was a powerful story. It's not your typical romance, it's love in it's purest form. It's beautiful and heart-wrenching. It's about hope and perseverance. It's finding your soul mate when you were twelve and doing whatever is necessary to protect them. A love that developed and grew so effortlessly that it was written in the stars.This was an incredibly moving story of two young people forced to grow up early. Gaze was being raised by an abusive, alcoholic father. Pixie was raising herself since her single mother was working three jobs to make ends meet. They met the day Gaze moved into the neighborhood.Both lonely, they were drawn to one another. They lived in separate apartment buildings, with the rooms directly across from one another. They quickly became inseparable. They had their own routine and took care of each other. They were the best of friends. Time would pass and their lives would change. Pixie would be forced to make the biggest decision of her life, but if it meant saving Gaze, she would always choose him. She made her choice and everything changed.Gaze was wonderful and protective. His dedication to Pixie was swoon worthy. Pixie was a tough girl who didn't quit. She was a good person with a heart of gold. These two were some of my all time favorite heroes. And make no mistake, they were each other's hero.I went into this story blind and I lived in the moment with Gaze and Pixie. My heart was put through the wringer, yet in the pain was beauty. This is a story of friendship that stood the test of time and distance. It's innocent love that turns into a forever worth fighting for. It was well-written and their story's were beautifully told. This story leaves a lasting impression. I absolutely loved it.
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  • Betül
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**- 4.5 stars -It has been almost four years since I last read a book by Debra Anastasia. However, I knew I had to read this book the moment I saw the cover and read the blurb. Debra is such a phenomenal author and really knows how to write a book that is emotionally charged. I was hooked to Downing in Stars the moment I started it. I just knew it was going to be heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. The author definitely delivered and made me **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**- 4.5 stars -It has been almost four years since I last read a book by Debra Anastasia. However, I knew I had to read this book the moment I saw the cover and read the blurb. Debra is such a phenomenal author and really knows how to write a book that is emotionally charged. I was hooked to Downing in Stars the moment I started it. I just knew it was going to be heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. The author definitely delivered and made me fall in love with the two broken but amazing main characters Pixie Rae and Gaze. They are both twelve years old at the start of this books, and I just loved how they met and how their friendship developed. Pixie was such a strong force to be reckoned with and took on the role as protector of Gaze, who was the new kid on the block. She is one of my all time favorite characters and I love her so much. Both Gaze and Pixie have a very rough childhood/life but still can find the beauty in things. Their friendship is definitely one of my favorites and I didn't want this book to end. This book is funny, emotional, romantic, and uplifting. Debra's writing is just very engaging and has such a nice flow. There was no dull moment and I cherished every scene in this story. I finished this book in two sittings because I just couldn't get enough. Make sure to read this book because it is amazing.
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  • Elizabeth Clinton
    January 1, 1970
    When you find a person who you know will not only be your best friend but your person from the time your young then you have everything. Pixie Rae Stone was a force of nature, she was a girl who knew everyone, knew how to take care of herself and knew how to be that person who would be strong for others when they needed it. Gaze Patrick Jones was a young man who didn’t stand out in a crowd, kept to himself, lived with his father who had his own issues, but when he met Pixie he just knew that his When you find a person who you know will not only be your best friend but your person from the time your young then you have everything. Pixie Rae Stone was a force of nature, she was a girl who knew everyone, knew how to take care of herself and knew how to be that person who would be strong for others when they needed it. Gaze Patrick Jones was a young man who didn’t stand out in a crowd, kept to himself, lived with his father who had his own issues, but when he met Pixie he just knew that his life would never be the same. As you watch the friendship between the two of the evolve you know that it’s something special. There will be so many times throughout their story that the angst and heartbreaking moments that happen to them both will pull at your heartstrings, but the strength between them will also show you that whatever you endure that you can always come out stronger and become the people you are meant to be.
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  • Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
    January 1, 1970
    This book just blew me away. Oh my gosh!Pixie and Gaze’s friendship was instant. As soon as she blew her bubbles into his window an instant friendship was made. Both kids were made to grow up early both by different circumstances but both equally sad. Gaze is amazing. Having to go through what he did at such a young age was heartbreaking to read but he never let it break him. His dedication to pixie was absolutely adorable.Pixie has been standing for herself for a long time, she’s sensible and s This book just blew me away. Oh my gosh!Pixie and Gaze’s friendship was instant. As soon as she blew her bubbles into his window an instant friendship was made. Both kids were made to grow up early both by different circumstances but both equally sad. Gaze is amazing. Having to go through what he did at such a young age was heartbreaking to read but he never let it break him. His dedication to pixie was absolutely adorable.Pixie has been standing for herself for a long time, she’s sensible and smart and an absolute hoot. The way she was so protective of Gaze was fun to see. But as time passed decisions had to be made and lives changed. I went into this story knowing my heart would hurt at some point due to the blurb and damn, it hurt, it hurt so bad!This is my first read from Debra Anastasia (embarrassingly) and I can’t believe I’ve left it so long to read one of hers but I’m so SO glad this beauty was the one I read first. Incredible. It’s well written and hits you with all the feels. Drowning In Stars is painful but beautiful all wrapped into one. Debra did an amazing job telling their story so perfectly. I can’t wait to read more from this author. ARC read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • CeCe
    January 1, 1970
    I see what emotions the author wanted to bring through the characters, but unfortunately failed. The heroine and hero are 12 years old when they meet.The hero is raised with an alcoholic father.The heroine lives with a mother who works several jobs to make ends meet and is never home. Then the mother marries a creepy man. Then the mother dies and leaves the heroine with the abusive step-father.Due to an ‘incident’ with his alcohol father the hero goes to live with an amazing foster family for tw I see what emotions the author wanted to bring through the characters, but unfortunately failed. The heroine and hero are 12 years old when they meet.The hero is raised with an alcoholic father.The heroine lives with a mother who works several jobs to make ends meet and is never home. Then the mother marries a creepy man. Then the mother dies and leaves the heroine with the abusive step-father.Due to an ‘incident’ with his alcohol father the hero goes to live with an amazing foster family for two years where he loses communication with the heroine. During this time, the heroine suffers abuse not only at home, but at school and the hero is mad at her because he thinks she did something. It felt like the story dragged at some points, but did not focus on others. The first part of the book is the MCs as kids. The switch in POVs is frequent. The story is nothing that I have not read before. There is nothing about these characters that grabbed me or held my attention. The writing felt amateurish. I expect more from this author.
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  • Berry ♡ Nice
    January 1, 1970
    Heartbreakingly BeautifulThis felt so real. As if was there with them. As if was walking the streets right along with them. I don’t want to believe there are parents like this but sadly there are. My heart breaks for Pixie and Gaze. I rooted for them to make it out unscathed I don't even know how many times I had to clear my teary eyes. Most of the tears came from ugly sad moments but some of them were from beautiful love and a promise. A promise that there is good in their world. I think this g Heartbreakingly BeautifulThis felt so real. As if was there with them. As if was walking the streets right along with them. I don’t want to believe there are parents like this but sadly there are. My heart breaks for Pixie and Gaze. I rooted for them to make it out unscathed I don't even know how many times I had to clear my teary eyes. Most of the tears came from ugly sad moments but some of them were from beautiful love and a promise. A promise that there is good in their world. I think this gave Pixie and Gaze hope.I started this read completely blind. I didn't know what I was getting myself into and this was the best way to experience this journey. I was scared, sad and hopeful for Pixie and Gaze. I absolutely loved them with all my heart.
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  • Nova B
    January 1, 1970
    For me an epilogue is so important, especially if the story is a tear jerker and drains you. This is not my kind of HEA. So why bother putting myself thru the book for a ending like that.
  • Karen Mc
    January 1, 1970
    “There’s no me without you.”Have you ever read a story that hijacks your heart and sticks to your soul ... likely forever? Debra Anastasia unequivocally WOWED me with her heart-smashing words. Drowning in Stars is an emotional masterpiece that moved me, owned me, slayed me, and inspired me. I was so in awe of this heartbreakingly beautiful book, which will stay with me forever. It’s not often that you experience a tenderly told and fiercely felt childhood to adult love story—living the lives of “There’s no me without you.”Have you ever read a story that hijacks your heart and sticks to your soul ... likely forever? Debra Anastasia unequivocally WOWED me with her heart-smashing words. Drowning in Stars is an emotional masterpiece that moved me, owned me, slayed me, and inspired me. I was so in awe of this heartbreakingly beautiful book, which will stay with me forever. It’s not often that you experience a tenderly told and fiercely felt childhood to adult love story—living the lives of a strong and stunning hero and heroine in their journey of heartbreak and healing—tethered by an unbreakable bond that ties them and you perhaps forever. Drowning in Stars is an emotionally complex and captivating coming of age journey that shows the value of life and love, and friends who become family. This tale endeared itself to me. I fell in love with the strong and sweet hero and heroine from the start, thrust into this saga as a third character where I was a part of Pixie Rae and Gazes’ world. Gaze, a hero in every sense of the word, and Pixie Rae, a heroine who’s his match in strength and soul, each others’ anchors in the storm. I felt the forever fire and feels between this hero and heroine ... fated together by force greater than them. A beautifully broken journey of heartbreak, hope, and healing, this book brings battles to life and slays demons, taking and leaving pieces of the heart and soul inside. My heart and soul stay stuck in this story, one where I felt every word ... every feel ... everything. I drowned in this tale that’s tragic yet beautiful. Drowning in Stars ... this story will stay with me always ... a top 2020 and lifetime romance.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ but worth all the beautifully broken stars Reviewed on behalf of Bookalicious Babes Blog
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Debra Anastasia’s comments at the end of this book are poignant. For every Pixie and every Gaze out there we should never turn a blind eye.Pixie and Gaze meet when they are 12. She’s in her room, five storeys high and he’s opposite. Shooting bubbles and shooting nerf guns at each other turns into a protective friendship. They need each other. I loved little Pixie and little Gaze. The innocence of shared pizza and creamsicles, swinging in the park together. So sweet. But there is menace lurking. Debra Anastasia’s comments at the end of this book are poignant. For every Pixie and every Gaze out there we should never turn a blind eye.Pixie and Gaze meet when they are 12. She’s in her room, five storeys high and he’s opposite. Shooting bubbles and shooting nerf guns at each other turns into a protective friendship. They need each other. I loved little Pixie and little Gaze. The innocence of shared pizza and creamsicles, swinging in the park together. So sweet. But there is menace lurking. An alcoholic father who is handy with fists. A leery step father.Then life changes for both.My heart was in my mouth. At times I had to look away and take a break. I love the fact that a foster family are portrayed so beautifully. Too often they are cast as evil rather than the life savers they should be. Well done Debra. Loved the cardboard keyboard flashback.
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  • ChayCharita
    January 1, 1970
    Ah, the cover, the title, the blurb, the characters, the story, the sweetness mixed with the dark realities, the powerful messages! This story is beautiful and at times painfully poignant in its meaning. It is thought provoking and heartbreaking and ultimately compelling. Pixie and Gaze were triumphant in their sacrifices, love and resilience! My heart ached for them and then burst with happiness for their love and commitment to each other!
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  • ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received for an honest review.The blurb for Drowning In Stars had me scared. I knew just from those few words that this was going to be a tough, emotional read.Boy, was that an understatement.Pixie and Gaze's story wrecked me. Completely and utterly. I didn't know if I was going to tear up or throw my reader across the room as I turned each page.You could feel the heat of summer in NYC, could hear the sounds of kids playing in the streets. Could really visualise the area where our lovelies w ARC received for an honest review.The blurb for Drowning In Stars had me scared. I knew just from those few words that this was going to be a tough, emotional read.Boy, was that an understatement.Pixie and Gaze's story wrecked me. Completely and utterly. I didn't know if I was going to tear up or throw my reader across the room as I turned each page.You could feel the heat of summer in NYC, could hear the sounds of kids playing in the streets. Could really visualise the area where our lovelies were living.Gah. I want to tell you everything, but this is a book that you need to immerse yourself in after diving in blind. Really. You do.There is pain. There is heartache. There is just so much everything.Buy it. Read it - no, devour it.I can't wait to see what Ms Anastasia brings us next.
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  • Shades of Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    I went into the book, not sure what to expect but it certainly wasn't this. The rawness and complexity of this story left me speechless. It's quite slow-burn book in which I'd say the romance often took a second place behind an emotional story of two young kids just trying their best to navigate through not so good living situation. Pixie and Gaze met when they were eleven, living in flats across from one another. While Gaze was a tiny introverted kid, Pixie was loved by people around her for he I went into the book, not sure what to expect but it certainly wasn't this. The rawness and complexity of this story left me speechless. It's quite slow-burn book in which I'd say the romance often took a second place behind an emotional story of two young kids just trying their best to navigate through not so good living situation. Pixie and Gaze met when they were eleven, living in flats across from one another. While Gaze was a tiny introverted kid, Pixie was loved by people around her for her shiny personality. She took Gaze under her wings when he needed it. In return, he was there for her when she would otherwise be left alone.I don't want to give too much away, but this book spans out through couple of years. Pixie and Gaze both grow up and the dynamics between them slowly but surely changes. So does the chemistry. Their love wasn't the explosive hot romance, but the soul-deep pure feeling between two people that cannot be erased by time, not distance. This book was honestly so amazingly written! It made me cry couple of times, sometimes with sadness over the characters' difficult lives and sometimes with happiness. It's a very touching story of bravery and sacrifice and true love that is simply meant to be. Absolutely recommend this read! Five huge big stars!
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  • 2OCC Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t even know where to start with this review. Normally YA type books aren’t my thing but I loved the sound of this book and dove in head first and I am so glad I did. The story of Pixie and Gaze broke my heart so many times. Pixie is one of the strongest characters I’ve read in a long time. She was Resilient even when she broken. She pushed for her happiness even when she was sad and she continued to live even when her world was dark. Same with Gaze. He went through a lot in his short life I don’t even know where to start with this review. Normally YA type books aren’t my thing but I loved the sound of this book and dove in head first and I am so glad I did. The story of Pixie and Gaze broke my heart so many times. Pixie is one of the strongest characters I’ve read in a long time. She was Resilient even when she broken. She pushed for her happiness even when she was sad and she continued to live even when her world was dark. Same with Gaze. He went through a lot in his short life but he got a different outcome for a while then Pixie had. He grew into the man that Pixie would eventually need and I loved it. There were some really hard parts about this book. The author doesn’t go into massive detail which was awesome. I wouldn’t have been able to read if we got more details on some things because I would have been balling my eyes out. The writing was beautiful as always with this authors books. She takes the time to craft a story that fills readers full of emotions and leaves us with a sense of understanding by the end of the book. I won’t say much more but this story was a beautiful ride that we, as readers got to embark on and I’m so glad I gave it a try. 5 stars #2OCCJD
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  • Amanda Anderson (Beauty.and.the.bookies)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE by this author! WOW. My heart. My poor heart was in the bottom of my stomach during more than half of the book. There were so many things that happened that I wish didnt happen. And so many things that made my heart smile. Gaze was so great. I loved him so much. I wish I had a Gaze. Pixie was a handful. In the best way. She had to be strong 24/7. She had to be a mother to her mother. She had to put up with a HORRIBLE stepfather. And Gaze. He had to go through t This book was my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE by this author! WOW. My heart. My poor heart was in the bottom of my stomach during more than half of the book. There were so many things that happened that I wish didnt happen. And so many things that made my heart smile. Gaze was so great. I loved him so much. I wish I had a Gaze. Pixie was a handful. In the best way. She had to be strong 24/7. She had to be a mother to her mother. She had to put up with a HORRIBLE stepfather. And Gaze. He had to go through terrifying daily traumas with his own father. They were so entirely perfect for each other and came into each others lives at the time they really needed one another the most. They struggled so much. I just loved this book... I love this authors dark romance but this book brought out the major feelings that I needed to feel. 5 stars!!!!!
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  • K. Ramjohn
    January 1, 1970
    Drowning In Stars is an emotional coming of age story that you will not be able to put down. The story was sweet, heartbreaking and hopeful and will give you all the feel as you go on this emotional roller-coaster ride with these two amazing characters. Its a story about soul deep love and sacrifice and shows how love can blossom anywhere and any time.The story starts with Pixie Rae and Gaze both being 12 years old and follows the development of their friendship throughout the years. They both h Drowning In Stars is an emotional coming of age story that you will not be able to put down. The story was sweet, heartbreaking and hopeful and will give you all the feel as you go on this emotional roller-coaster ride with these two amazing characters. Its a story about soul deep love and sacrifice and shows how love can blossom anywhere and any time.The story starts with Pixie Rae and Gaze both being 12 years old and follows the development of their friendship throughout the years. They both had difficult home lives but I loved the relationship between these two from the start. Their story was well written and complex and the bond between them never faded. This story was gripping and engrossing and I would highly recommend it to all lovers of coming of age romance.
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  • Anne Milne
    January 1, 1970
    This book is simply stunning. The storyline and the characters draw you in and don't let go not even when you've finished this is a book that will stay with me for a long time. I cannot remember reading a book that focuses on the characters as much as this story does. Who knew on the day Pixie met Gaze they met their soul mate. These two young people go through more heartache than you can possibly imagine. The subjects touched on are very real but they are not described in detail more implied wi This book is simply stunning. The storyline and the characters draw you in and don't let go not even when you've finished this is a book that will stay with me for a long time. I cannot remember reading a book that focuses on the characters as much as this story does. Who knew on the day Pixie met Gaze they met their soul mate. These two young people go through more heartache than you can possibly imagine. The subjects touched on are very real but they are not described in detail more implied with the reader reading between the lines. What this book focuses on is the human spirit and the friendship that bonds two people together. The support and strength they draw from each other is astounding and inspiring. A story that left me emotionally raw but is a must read.
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  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 StarsI know I'm always in for a treat when Ms Anastasia writes a heartfelt story. She puts her her whole heart and soul in it. The story of Pixie and Gaze and following them from the time they were young kids through high school was captivating! I loved these guys when they were hanging out in the city as kids and when they were fighting tooth and nail to survive some gut wrenching problems. They were each other's crutch and support and their love was pure and beautiful.
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  • PurpleBrina
    January 1, 1970
    Wow....just....Wow! I have been a long time fan of Debra Anastasia work and I must say this is her best yet. I never know that to expect from her a funny story, a dark story but this right here..... but this right here was just perfect!!It took ahold of me right from the first paragraph and didn't let me go. I feel like this is the type of book that stays with you for awhile. This a a different kinda love story. It more about self love and learning to love yourself. And being brave even in the d Wow....just....Wow! I have been a long time fan of Debra Anastasia work and I must say this is her best yet. I never know that to expect from her a funny story, a dark story but this right here..... but this right here was just perfect!!It took ahold of me right from the first paragraph and didn't let me go. I feel like this is the type of book that stays with you for awhile. This a a different kinda love story. It more about self love and learning to love yourself. And being brave even in the darkest of moments in life. Even if it means it will hurt, you gotta stand up and be brave for yourself and those you love.Maybe its the state of the world we are living it that has be all caught up in my feels but this book was just what I need to escape. It was the best kind of emotion rollercoaster and I really enjoyed the ride. I could go on and on about why I loved the two main characters Pixie Rae and Gaze but honestly I just wanna hug the hell out of them. And I would love to hug Debra too. JUST READ THIS BOOK! You won't be disappointed I promise.
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