Book Review

Review: Rewrite the Stars by Emma Heatherington

Unfortunately, the more I read of Rewrite the Stars, the angrier I became with the characters, the plot and the romance. Unfortunately this really didn’t work for me. Welcome to the book that gave me a reading slump …

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Title: Rewrite the Stars
Author: Emma Heatherington
Pages: 400
Publication Date: 17th October 2019
Publisher: Harper Fiction

I feel like this might be an unpopular opinion, but I really – and I mean REALLY – did not get on with this book. You’re quite right, I should probably stop trying to read romance. But here we are.

Let’s start with the characters. Charlotte/Charlie Taylor is weak and insipid. Throughout this novel she is constantly told what to do and how to feel by the men around her.

I thought I would love her ‘missed connection’ with Tom Farley (drummer, singer, all round sex god who can only be referred to by his full name) – one of my favourite feelings is that spark you get when you just connect with a person. And sure, it makes you wonder ‘what if’ – AND THEN YOU MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE.

Charlotte did not move on with her life. At all. In fact, she spends the next DECADE wondering ‘what if’. I’m sorry Charlie, but that’s just unhealthy and you really need to seek some kind of professional help.

This means that she allows things to happen in her life, but is never happy with what she’s got – whether that’s a dream marriage, a beautiful home, or a good job. She is constantly unhappy and incapable of staying in the ‘now’, instead she is stuck in the ‘what if’.

This is not to mention her severely unhealthy relationship with her brother, Matthew. Matthew and Tom Farley were in a band together, which is how Charlie met the great TF, but the band broke up under ‘mysterious circumstances’ and Matthew now lives at home with his parents after suffering a series of mental breakdowns. Charlie’s revelation that she’s going to run away and live happily ever after with Tom Farley (not a spoiler, it happens early on), triggers a severe breakdown for Matthew, who reacts incredibly badly and leads to a debilitating accident, that Charlie then carries the guilt for years.

Wait, what? Not only is Charlie crushed by her inability to stay grounded because she’s busy wondering ‘what if’ but now she is being guilt-tripped by a mentally unstable brother? Not that they refer to what Matthew has as depression or suicidal tendencies – it’s always his ‘dark times’. Come on.

I’m sorry, but on so many levels, this book just wasn’t for me.

2 stars.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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