I thoroughly enjoyed His Only Star by fellow blogger Chris Stocking. This is partly because I relished the chance to read the work of a blogger who’s posts about writing I have found extremely interesting and instructive, but mainly because the story was just so good.
The young adult novella is the simple but tragic boy-meets-girl story, refreshingly told. It is grounded and dark, sad and touching with just the right amount of action and a good amount of conflict. The story is based on the oft-imagined teenage fantasy of running away to make your own life, only to discover life’s not all it cracked up to be.
You’d struggle not to identify with the main character, Oliver. He is uncertain and scared, hanging on to the one certainty in his life which is that he has met The One, embodied in the older character of Trista. As the story progresses he increasingly struggles to come to grips with the real world he has run away into when he is used to a fantasy world provided to him by his books and music. He also has to get his head around the discovery that his teenage dream Trista has plenty of nightmares of her own that he is seemingly helpless to soothe.
It is fast-paced and engaging, the language simple and effective, providing you with this glimpse into the character’s lives at the biggest turning point for both of them. There is grit and metaphor, ups and downs. They struggle their way through, attempting to get a fistful of control on the momentum that is hurtling them forward and hope sparks every step of the way as well as doubt.
The story was simple, engaging, exciting and tragically human. Definitely worth a read.