In her 2014 Modern Love essay for the New York Times, journalist and author Lisa Selin Davis shared the story of her wayward teenage years, time spent working at a youth conversation corps in a New York State Park, and…what Lou Reed taught her about love. His song “I’ll Be Your Mirror” transformed Davis, opening her eyes to the possibility of love—even if she couldn’t see it for herself at the time. And now, in her acutely perceptive, illuminating, and whip-smart Young Adult debut, LOST STARS, Davis delivers a heartbreaking and hopeful novel inspired by that piece—and her troubled youth—that will speak to fans of Rainbow Rowell, Stephen Chbosky, Gayle Forman, Jennifer Niven, and Jenny Han.
Before her older sister, Ginny, died, Carrie was a science nerd, obsessively tracking her beloved Vira comet. But now that Ginny is gone, sixteen-year-old Carrie finds herself within the orbit of Ginny’s friends, a close-knit group of seniors who skip school, obsess over bands, and party hard. Fed up with Carrie’s behavior, her father enrolls her in a summer work camp at a local state park. Carrie actually likes the days spent in nature and when she meets Dean, a guy who likes the real Carrie, she starts to get to the heart of who she is and who she wants to be.
Rich with references to the music and pop culture of the 1980s, astronomy, and nature LOST STARS is a beautiful and an unflinchingly honest portrait of firsts—first loss, first jobs, and first love—that encapsulates teenage-life and all its awkward longing, heady passion, and introspective questioning.