Title – Unlit Star
Author – Lindy Zart
Publication Date – August 20, 2014
We are not guaranteed anything, not even this life.
Rivers Young is the popular guy untouchable by reality. He is like a star—bright, consuming, otherworldly. The thing about stars, though, is that they eventually fall, and he is no different.
He falls far and he falls hard.
Delilah Bana is the outcast enshrouded in all of life’s ironies. Alone, in the dark, like dusk as it falls on the world. When Rivers hits the ground, she is the night that catches him. In the darkness, they meld into something beautiful that shines like the sun.
Only, the greater the star is, the shorter its lifespan.
This is the first book that I have read by Lindy Zart, but I can say with utmost honesty that it won’t be the last. The writing that flows from this author is poetic and beautiful, which leaves me with a fantastic impression of her capabilities. Unlit Star was a heartbreaking tale of learning to live after, and in the face of, tragedy. It was about finding hope in the most unexpected places and embracing whatever curveballs life throws at us.
“I have found, that you can’t tiptoe through life, scared of what will or won’t happen because of how you choose to live. You have to run at it as fast as you can, without fear, without even pausing to think about what you’re doing. If you pause, you fall. This is my advice: Keep running.”
There was something about Delilah’s take charge, no nonsense attitude that I admired from the beginning. It was clear she had a disdain for the way that Rivers was wasting away his life – and it became an avenue for readers to see how hard-hitting she could be. There was something intriguing and mysterious about her that urged me to continue turning pages and really piece together her puzzle. Rivers came off quite abrasive and cool for the first portion of the book, so I didn’t get the best of reads on him. However, as time passed and I could see the transformations happening, I really liked him more and more. The two had an interesting dynamic, especially as we learned more about where each was coming from. It’s hard to speak on without giving away spoilers, but I will just say that I appreciated the natural progression to their relationship.
“Her tongue was an arrow, I was the target, and my heart was the bullseye.”
I’ve read books in a similar vein, and I continue to be surprised at how different authors’ twists and styles can change how I perceive the events and the characters. While I’ve straight up ugly cried in previous novels with a similar storyline, I was able to not shed a tear with this one. I did find the characters to be somewhat aloof in the first portion of the novel. Therefore, I’m not sure if it was because I didn’t develop an emotional connection, or it’s just the way it’s written, but it definitely didn’t pack that punch for me as a reader. However, Lindy Zart’s writing is so poetic and visually stimulating that I didn’t necessarily need the tears. It tugged on my heartstrings, made me giggle at other points, and enveloped me in the love these two personalities fell into.
“I may keep my distance from others, but I am in no way shy. I keep my distance because I’ve found that I am a better person when I have no one looking at me, making me feel like I need to prove something to them, like I need to show them I have worth. I know my worth and the only person I need to prove anything to is myself.”
Unlit Star is an incredibly journey of recovery and hope. There was something about it that just makes me want to hug the paperback because I truly did develop feelings for these characters. While I wish that connection would have happened earlier than I experienced it, I was elated that it happened at all. Zart is an extraordinary artist and I’ll be adding the other books in her catalogue to my TBR to tackle soon. I can’t wait to see how she puts a spin on other storylines!
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Lindy Zart has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two sons, and one cat. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, Bloody Marys, and pizza.