Finished A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“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.”
One of my favorite tropes is when a child or teenager has to live someplace they don’t want to be with either a foster family or with family they don’t know. They don’t want to be there and they don’t want to give the situation or the people a chance, and then they do and it ends up being wonderful for everyone. I think it’s because it always makes me think of The Great Gilly Hopkins, but it’s been played out dozens of times since then. It always makes me cry but in a good way.
A Constellation of Roses is the perfect example of this. Trix wants to be with her mom but if she can’t, she’s fine on her own, thanks. But then she’s sent to live with family she didn’t know she had (her dad’s relatives) in a town that she’s never heard of. It’s a major adjustment, of course, but they’re good people and they make Trix better, too.
I loved this book and basically everyone in it. I would happily spend hundreds more pages in this world.