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The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes


Title: The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes

Author: Xio Axelrod

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Genre: Contemporary Fiction


I’ve been on a music fiction kick ever since I read The Songbook of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon (5⭐️) back in March. I’ve been seeking out any and all music books I can find. After, Benny Lament, I read about Opal & Nev in The Final Revival of Opal & Nev (4⭐️) and now it was all about Toni Bennett and the Lilly’s in The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes! I couldn’t get enough of the band and it sounds like I won’t have to since it looks like this is book one in this series named The Lilly’s. Alright, but first things first let’s talk about The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes!


“They say the road to stardom is paved with broken dreams.”


Antonia “Toni” Bennett grew up desperate for her mother’s attention and following her from gig to gig. She was lonely and her only true companion was her guitar. Eventually, her mom decides to ship her off to her father in a small town in Pennsylvania. There she lives over his bar, is expected to work, and doesn’t really receive much attention from her father either. She meets Sebastian “Seb” Quick and though he is a little older, they immediately become best friends. They play music together and work hard saving their money, so they can get out of town together. Only, as soon as Seb turns eighteen, he leaves everything behind, including Toni, without looking back.


Eight years later, Toni plays music at a quiet club in Philly. She’s mostly happy. Until, one day she’s asked to try out for one of the hottest indie rock band’s. A band that unknowingly to Toni Seb manages. Can they heal old wounds?


Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved the music in this one, obviously. I thought the author did a good job on character development too. I felt like I was right there along with Toni though out the story has she dealt with hardships along the way. Any there were plenty of hardships for this poor girl! The ending really got me when Toni finally got some validation and approval from her father. 🥲


Thank you @netgalley and to the publisher sourcebooks casablanca for honoring my request to read and review to eARC. The one is out this Tuesday, May 4th and I highly recommend it! It was also an add-on pick for May’s @bookofthemonth 💙


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