International bestselling author Anna Todd returns with a gripping novel about a young woman's journey towards love, and the obstacles life throws up at every turn.
Karina knows the harsh realities of military life. And like anyone who has grown up around an army base, she knows the background noise that follows a soldier home from war. That's why she's forging her own quiet life in her own little house. But she hasn't turned her back on her family. She's the glue that holds them together--when her father is deployed, when her brother, Austin, has another brush with the law.
Karina knows that she has to look after herself, that she can't always fix what's broken. But when Austin's behavior worsens and her father's reactions grow more extreme, Karina feels her own edges beginning to fray. That's when she meets him--a closed book she's desperate to open.
At just twenty, Kael is a handsome, brooding soldier struggling with the aftermath of two tours in Afghanistan. He's emotionally damaged and closed off. Quiet doesn't begin to describe him. But as Karina gets used to his stable presence, she finds it hard to ignore the way he makes her feel. In their time together, she finds the stillness she has always wanted and never found. She lets down her guard. And she lets herself fill in the blanks about this mysterious man.
But illusions quickly made are quickly shattered. That's when Karina has to find her own courage--to untangle the truth from the lies, and decide what she's going to do about it.
A riveting story about love and lies, THE BRIGHTEST STARS will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.
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Slower and more mysterious than her previous novels
I’m accustomed to the After series written by Anna that was pretty much an attention grabber from the get-go. This book has an awfully slow beginning and is only 250 pages so much less detailed than her last series. Once it gets going, it’s like a snowball effect. It builds very quickly until it’s just done. It drops its bombshell and says see ya in 2019 lol. The characters i loved. I loved their development as individuals, not so much in their relationship though. Overall, a good solider coming home story line, just not what I was expecting from a second series from the author.
I really like it
It gives me a perspective of how many people feel by having family in the military. I can’t wait for the next one
A good read
This was my first Anna Todd read, and overall it was pretty good. I had a hard time getting in to it at the beginning, but when I was able to finally get in to it, enjoyed it. I loved what seemed to be nervous chatter when it came to Karina’s time around Kael. While he was the quiet, somewhat withdrawn one, she did her best to pull him out and get those smiles and laughter that was a rarity. The cliffhanger was definitely a surprise, and I will definitely be picking it up, because I hate not knowing how a story ends!