Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst


Sam Jones and Zoe Miller have one thing in common: they both want an escape from reality. Loner Sam flies under the radar at school and walks on eggshells at home to manage her mom’s obsessive-compulsive disorder, wondering how she can ever leave to pursue her dream of studying aerospace engineering. Popular, people-pleasing Zoe puts up walls so no one can see her true self: the girl who was abandoned as an infant, whose adoptive mother has can...

Details Starworld

Release DateApr 16th, 2019
PublisherCandlewick Press
GenreContemporary, LGBT, Young Adult, GLBT, Queer

Reviews Starworld

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    I read this book from start to finish in just over 3 hours because I got so sucked into the story. I feel like I have whiplash review to come later when I’ve had more time to actually process what I read! I read this book from start to finish in just over 3 hours because I got so sucked into the story. I feel like I have whiplash 😳 review to come later when I’ve had more time to actually process what I read!
  • Adriana
    4.5/5 StarsThis story is hopeful, bittersweet, hard-hitting, and affirming all at once. The friendship betweeen Zoe and Sam leaves my heart soaring Also, this book contains: queer rep (note: this is not an f/f romance) mental health rep (OCD & anxiety) adoption rep developmental disability rep(And it was all handled extremely carefully, IMO, which I appreciate.) 4.5/5 StarsThis story is hopeful, bittersweet, hard-hitting, and affirming all at o...
  • Kylie Amber
    * I was sent an ARC copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *The ending fell flat because what was being worked up to flopped and didn’t happen.
  • Kristy
    Despite running in very different circles in school, Sam Jones and Zoe Miller have more in common than they think: they both want to escape the difficulty that is their home lives. Sam is a quiet loner, content to spend Sundays with her best friend, Will. She loves the stars, but isn't sure she'll ever be able to study them, thanks to her mom, whose life is ruled by obsessive compulsive disorder. Ever since her Dad moved overseas, the burden of c...
  • Catherine ♡
    *Thank you to both NetGalley and LibraryThing for a free copy in exchange for an honest review!*Actual Rating: 2.5Hm. I’ve got mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I absolutely LOVE the premise and the idea of all the characters. On the other hand, actually reading the book was a lot less enjoyable for a number of reasons.First though, a blurb. Starworld is written in two main perspectives. There’s Sam Jones, who lives an invisibl...
  • Lara (Bookish_turtle)
    This book wasn't bad, but it didn't really live up to my expectations.I was so ready for this to be all about a girl obsessed with outer space!! And like, it was, but also it was really more just a standard contemporary but with less romance and not much outer space in it at all. The concept was really good though, and quite unique which I enjoyed.The characters were okay, but neither of them felt super unique? Which I was especially surprised by...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .Starworldis a sweet book, told from the points of view of Sam and Zoe. (And incidentally, written by two authors whose work I rather enjoy.) There were definitely wins for me, with a few reservations, so I am just going to break it down as such!The Wins: •Holy emphasis on family!This is beautiful, frankly. The times I felt the most emo...
  • Alaina
    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Starworld was really cute dammit. Yet, it somehow made me feel disappointed in how it ended? Not quite sure what the whole plan was here but damn, it just fell completely flat. I was underwhelmed and I'm not okay with this.In this book, you will meet Sam and Zoe. I honestly really enjoyed their characters and was amazed with how two writers made everything flow nicely throug...
  • Stephanie
    *loves this book so much* :D :D :D
  • Lindsey (Bring My Books)
    Talk about being completely blown away by a book that you expected to be a nostalgic whimsy read! Y'all, this book was EPIC and I LOVED it. I loved the synopsis and have a particular weakness for a dual POV book with two authors that each write one of the characters, so this was one I was really looking forward to and it did not disappoint. The basic story is that two girls from opposite ends of the social spectrum end up involved in each other's...
  • ☼Shannon☼
    *is wondering why she thought this was going to be a lesbian romance**is thinking about Zoe possibly being asexual*Zoe doesn't think about sex or how attractive she finds somebody while talking about how much she loves romance. That's what allosexual people do, right? I might be reading into it though.*is wondering why she didn't see the thing coming**is thinking about Zoe being adopted and her feelings about it*My dad was adopted and never wante...
  • Erin
    What an adorable story. Starworld is the first novel I’ve read by either author, and I must say I am pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it much more than I though I would. The fantastical elements of ‘Starworld’ as designed by Sam and Zoe were outstanding. And the care and sensitivity with which each of their family’s issues were covered was masterful. The authors were clearly well-researched and informed. The relationship between Zoe and Sa...
  • Emily (emilykatereads)
    Well, looks like 2019 will be the year I don't waste time on books I'm not enjoying. I DNF'd this one at page 102. Although, I did skip to the end and read most of the last 50ish pages so get the idea of where everything went. And yknow what, I'm totally fine that I gave up on this one. This is one I requested because I loved another book I read by Audrey Coulthurst, and I saw that this one looked sapphic... and well, It didn't pull through the w...
  • Honora Quinn
    4.5I got this book as an arc and did not know what to expectwowieI got really into this book until it depressed me like a truck to the face.I enjoyed the characters and Sam and Zoe were so amazing but the ending just killed me. A lot of it killed methe premise over all was so cute and sweet and friendshipy that I fell in love but it also broke my heart at the end. I know this is a stand alone but it left me with a want for more of the starworld c...
  • . (not active on this account stop adding me)
    Sapphicathon: Read a book with a cover you love & Read a book where the romance isn't the focusstorytime: i was robbed of the 2 days it took me to read this
  • Brooklyn Tayla
    This is tricky to write, because practically for the past evening and right up until I finished this book about 15 minutes ago, every fibre of my being was wholly invested in both of these girls, their alternate world of escapism that they created, their unique relationship that was blooming between them both, the hope that both of them grew to develop, their sense of identity that both grew into...Yet, after everything, I can't help but feel dis...
  • Blue
    To be honest the cover is pretty but overall I am not too sure about this book. I kind of feel as though I’m stuck between deciding if I like it, or if it wasn’t interesting at all.I think the premise of this story was good but at the same time this was really overdone. Let’s think of all the issues one person can have and let’s double it and give it to these two characters. It gave it an unrealistic feel and it carried on through the plo...
  • Rahma Abdelrahman
    2.5 stars. My main problem with this one was that the two characters seemed too similar that I kept forgetting who’s who, who has a brother, whose mother had cancer, etc. It hindered my enjoyment too much to give this book a higher rating. Also, the Starworld bits were too cliche. And when that’s the main thing the book is about, it’s difficult to turn a blind eye. But overall, I’m glad I returned and finished this book seven months after...
  • Jenny (Bookbookowl)
    Thank you so much to Walker Books for providing me with a copy of Starworld, in exchange for an honest review.Starworld was such an emotional read, and it left me feeling quite sad at the end. I think that made me like it even more though. So often things are wrapped up in a nice happy ending and that's usually so far from real life that it feels fake. Both Sam and Zoe are living lives they're struggling with, and don't feel like they can talk to...
  • Fall-Out-Book-Nerd
    Review to come.
  • Chelsea Marie
    If you read the description of this book and get all excited by the potential lady loving lady vibe, do not pick up this book. I feel like I've been queer-baited into reading this, and it made me super angry.(view spoiler)[Yes, one of the girls does fall for the other, but it is not reciprocated and she has her heart broken. Poor little lesbian with her misplaced affections. I felt like there was so much build up to this as a storyline, but the a...
  • Kait Goodwin (Kait Plus Books)
    *hopes you enjoy this book as much as I did*Full review to come at! *hopes you enjoy this book as much as I did*Full review to come at! 😊
  • Carmen
    Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst, Paula GarnerI received a copy from Candlewick Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Sam Jones is a loner intent on staying invisible and hiding her feelings. Referring to herself as a robot, she’s content with flying under the radar until she graduates and escapes her home life. Everything changes when she’s noticed by one of the popular girls at her school, Zoe Miller. On the surface, Zoe is...
  • Tomes And Textiles
    “I can’t say I understand life’s random twists and turns, or what meaning to ascribe to them, if any, but I will always be thankful for the detour that brought you to me. You will always have a place in my heart.” –Starworld, Audrey Coulthurst & Paula GarnerSam and Zoe live in very different worlds. Told through both their points of view, Sam is an artistic introvert who finds it difficult to deal with socializing and Zoe is the girl wh...
  • Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
    I received a copy of this book, from the amazing team at Walker Books Australia, in exchange for an honest review.I found this book quite slow to start, but woah, am I glad I stuck with it. There are no shortage of strong women in this book and I love it.The characters are deep and complex, each with their own demons, each fighting an invisible war within themselves and this book lets us look closer at some of those wars.This book tackles subject...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    Sam, the school outcast, suffers under the rigidity of her mom’s OCD. Pretty, popular Zoe struggles with her mom’s cancer, her severely disabled brother’s violence and her feelings of abandonment from her adoption. The two grow close through fantasy texts they call STARWORLD. Paula Garner and Audrey Coulthurst teamed up, each writing a different POV, to write STARWORLD. Zoe and Sam were well-developed and easy to champion. Both girls were p...
  • Laura Altmann (laurabookish)
    Personally, I hadn't heard of Starworld till I was sent a review copy (thank you so much to the publisher!) But when I saw that beautiful cover, I couldn't resist diving in straight away. After reading the blurb, I had also assumed that Starworld featured a f/f and would therefore be a great Pride Month read. Because of this assumption, I ended up being quite disappointed with the book. Starworld is not a romance, it's a story in which a teenage ...