Finished See All the Stars by Kit Frick. I received a copy for review at ALA.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“It’s hard to find the truth beneath the lies you tell yourself.
THEN They were four—Bex, Jenni, Ellory, Ret. Electric, headstrong young women; Ellory’s whole solar system.
NOW Ellory is alone, her once inseparable group of friends torn apart by secrets, deception, and a shocking incident that changed their lives forever.
THEN Lazy summer days. A party. A beautiful boy. Ellory met Matthias and fell into the beginning of a spectacular, bright love.
NOW Ellory returns to Pine Brook to navigate senior year after a two-month suspension and summer away—no boyfriend, no friends. No going back. Tormented by some and sought out by others, troubled by a mysterious note-writer who won’t let Ellory forget, and consumed by guilt over her not entirely innocent role in everything and everyone she’s lost, Ellory finds that even in the present, the past is everywhere.
The path forward isn’t a straight line. And moving on will mean sorting the truth from the lies—the lies Ellory has been telling herself.”
This story is insanely compelling. We don’t know exactly what’s happened between the two timelines or how, over the course of a school year, Ellory went from having great friends and a boyfriend to being single and essentially shunned—not just by her former friends but by the school at large—but it was clearly pretty awful.
Kit Frick manages to keep that suspense going for the bulk of the novel, telling us everything we need to know so that when the reveal happens, it is both a surprise and completely obvious.
Try to not read any other reviews or synopses or even blurbs about this. Go in as fresh as you can. It’s a much better read that way.