Lost Stars

"Eleanor & Park" meets "Perks of Being a Wallflower" in this bittersweet 1980’s story about love, loss, and a comet that only comes around every 97 years.

When Carrie looks through her telescope, the world makes sense. It’s life here on Earth that’s hard to decipher. Since her older sister, Ginny, died, Carrie has been floating in the orbit of Ginny’s friends, the cool kids, who are far more interested in bands and partying than science.

Carrie’s reckless behavior crosses a line, and her father enrolls her in a summer work camp at a local state park. There, Carrie pulls weeds and endures pep talks about the power of hard work. Despite her best efforts to hate the job, Carrie actually feels happy out in nature. And when she meets Dean — warm, thoughtful, and perceptive — she starts to discover that her life can be like her beloved night sky, with black holes of grief for Ginny and dazzling meteors of joy from first love.


Lisa Selin Davis earned an Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Arizona State University in 2003.

Praise for this book

Like the slow rising of the sun after a long, stormy night, Carrie comes out of the darkness and embraces life in this moving real-life problem novel. … Fans of Rainbow Rowell’s 'Eleanor & Park' and Stephen Chbosky’s 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' will dig this book.

School Library Journal

Davis makes the 1980s shine....

Kirkus Reviews
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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